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    DescriptionAn eleven-year-old has discovered a secret that not even an adult should know. A US State Senator is dead, and Mark Sway is the only one who knows where the body is hidden. The FBI want him to tell them where it is, at whatever cost to Mark and his family. The killer wants him silenced forever. Reggie Love has been practising law for less than five years. Only she can save Mark from these twin threats. Together they must take on the might of the State and the wiles of a cold-blooded killer.


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    Title
    The Client
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Grisham
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 640
    Width: 112 mm
    Height: 173 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099179412
    ISBN 10: 0099179415
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: FJ
    BIC E4L: THR
    LC subject heading:
    DC20: 813.54
    BIC subject category V2: FF, FH
    DC22: FIC
    LC subject heading:
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.1
    Libri: ENGM1020
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21200
    Libri: AMER3710
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: FIC034000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC031000, FIC006000
    Thema V1.0: FHD, FB
    Publisher
    Cornerstone
    Imprint name
    ARROW BOOKS LTD
    Publication date
    02 March 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    John Grisham is the author of twenty-two novels, one work of non-fiction, a collection of short stories, and a novel for young readers. He is on the Board of Directors for the Innocence Project in New York and is the Chairman on the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Innocence Project at the Mississippi School of Law. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi. His website is www.johngrisham.co.uk.
    Review quote
    "Grisham at his best.""--The Atlanta Journal""Engrossing . . . Grisham keeps the pages of "The Client" turning faster than lawyers can scribble on legal pads."--"San Francisco Chronicle""The desire to find out what happens next keeps the reader turning the pages. Grisham is an absolute master of the chase story."--"The Washington Post" "Heart-pounding . . . fast-paced."--"The Orlando Sentinel"
    Review text
    Grisham's latest opens with a neat hook into the reader's jaw - and the tension never wavers - as the author strives for a knockout suspenser with echoes of Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson - or at least the reader can't help weighing what he's reading against the darker plots that enmesh Huck Finn and Jim Hawkins. Instead of pirates, though, 11-year-old Mark Sway is thrown among lawyers and murderers. Mark, a great follower of L.A. Law, becomes "the client" after he witnesses the suicide of a drunken Mafia lawyer. Before the lawyer dies, he tries to take Mark with him, holding the boy prisoner while the Cadillac they sit in fills with carbon dioxide. As he's fading, the lawyer reveals to Mark the whereabouts of the body of a Louisiana senator. The senator was murdered by Mafia thug Barry "the Blade" Muldanno, then buried under concrete in the lawyer's garage. Mark escapes death but now holds a secret so deadly that Barry the Blade is ready to waste him. He's also wanted by the feds because Barry's going on trial for the senator's murder - but there's no body, and so the feds have a weak case. Mark retains 52-year-old Reggie Love, an abused divorcee, to help him keep shut about the body's whereabouts. If it's known that he knows - and the hoods and feds suspect him mightily - he and his family will never have a safe moment again. The story is set in Memphis, then moves to New Orleans, but both backgrounds are sketchy. The strongest scene features three mildly funny goons in the middle of the night trying to...well, enough. Mark is too smart by half, rather than wise like Huck; dialogue slips into exposition; and Grisham goes for the tear ducts at rule's end, but presses too hard. None of this matters. In the movie, the obligatory face-out between Barry the Blade and Mark will take place, bet on it, though Grisham avoids the confrontation. (Kirkus Reviews)