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The Firm, originally published in 1991, is a legal thriller. It is about Mitch McDeere, a brilliant Harvard Law graduate who joins a small tax law firm in Memphis. Just few days into his job, he hears that two of his colleagues have died in a scuba-diving accident. The protagonist soon discovers that three other lawyers have also died in the last fifteen years. This makes him suspicious, and he decides to hire a private investigator, Eddie Lomax, who later tells him that all five attorneys have died under questionable circumstances. Later, Lomax gets murdered.
McDeere is then approached by Wayne Tarrance, an FBI agent. The protagonist then gets to know the firm that he is working for is run by the Morolto crime family. The senior management is involved in tax frauds and money laundering, amounting to millions of dollars. To ensure that this secret is not leaked out, no lawyer gets to leave the firm alive. McDeere is shocked, and he realizes that his office, car, and house have all been bugged. He is keen to get out of this situation, and therefore makes a deal with the FBI. However, the firm becomes suspicious of McDeere, and they figure out that his loyalty does not lie with them. With his life in danger, what will McDeere do in The Firm?
This novel has an excellent plot, and each character is well defined. The Firm is fast, unpredictable, and captivating. After it had sold 1.5 million copies by 1993, this book was adapted into a movie starring Tom Cruise. As of now, The Firm has sold more than twelve million copies, and has been made into a television series.
About John Grisham
John Ray Grisham, Jr., born in 1955, is an author, lawyer, and politician.
Some of his legal thrillers are The Appeal, The Rainmaker, The Litigators, and The Street Lawyer.
Grisham completed his BS degree in Accounting from the Mississippi State University. He then joined the University of Mississippi School of Law, from where he graduated with a JD degree in 1983. The author practised law for almost ten years, and then won an election. He has won the Galaxy British Book Award, and the 2005 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award. His books have been translated into nearly thirty languages, and they have sold more than 250 million copies around the globe.