FC: Paul Brown Hour 5 | The Firm BY: John Grisham Lexile 680 375 Pages
1: This book is dedicated to Mr. Stern for pushing me to do my best and motivate others to do their best.
2: The Firm is about a Harvard Law School graduate named Mitch McDeere. Mitch is made an offer he can’t refuse. To recruit Mitch, a very wealthy but small firm in Memphis offers him a ridiculously high salary, a BMW, and to pay off his college loans. Above all they offer him a low rate mortgage so Mitch and his wife Abby can get a respectable house. Coming from a very poor background Mitch can’t resist the offer. Abby doesn’t know what to think and has a feeling that something isn’t right with the firm. Mitch soon discovers that Abby was right. The firm takes an abnormal interest in their employees’ private lives, and Mitch learns that no one ever quits. Actually the only ones who left the firm died shortly after. An FBI agent tells Mitch that the majority of the firm’s clients are members of the Mafia whose money is laundered into offshore accounts. New lawyers at the firm are unaware of the connection between the firm and the Mafia, but they are slowly nudged into the illegal activities and forced to stay, or else. Anyone attempting to leave is murdered, and the FBI wants Mitch’s help in exposing the illegal activities of the firm and hopefully destroy the Mafia.
3: Mitch wants out though, but the firm, who suspects he may know their secret, and also the FBI, who blackmail him for his assistance, just keep pressuring him. Mitch is unknowingly tied to illegal activities at the firm, and the FBI threatens to have him disbarred if he doesn’t cooperate. To save his law career and escape the firm, Mitch agrees to help the FBI, but he insists that his brother, Ray, who was convicted on ridiculous charges, be released from prison. Once Mitch learns that the firm has found out that he is working with the FBI, Mitch runs from both the firm and the FBI taking Abby and his newly released brother. While they are running Mitch takes ten million dollars from various accounts that the firm has. At the end Mitch and his family lead a happy life in the Caribbean.
4: Mitch McDeere Mitch McDeere is a talented young lawyer who had a pretty hard life. When his father died his mother remarried and moved to a trailer park in Florida. His mother left him with his two brothers. One of his brothers was killed in the Vietnam War and his other brother was arrested on ridiculous charges. Mitch married his high school sweetheart Abby. Once he graduates from Harvard Law School he starts getting offers from many law firms, but he gets one that he thought would be a joke except it ended up being the oofer he took. It was from a very wealthy yet small firm located in Memphis. A few weeks after he starts two people who worked at the firm we're secretly murdered. Mitch was told that their boat blew up in the Caribbean. | Later on Mitch is confronted by an FBI agent who notifies him that the firm deals with the Mafia and that if anyone tries to leave the firm they are murdered. Suddenly Mitch becomes entangled in a very dangerous investigation and has no other option than to run for his life. Mitch is the main character in the book and the plot is centered around him. I chose Mitch because he sort of chose to do the right thing and it benefitted many people. His decision helped the FBI close the firm and helped destroy the Mafia.
6: Hey Ray, wouldn't it be funny | if I went to Harvard, | you went to jail, | and we both ended up surrounded by crooks.
7: I chose this quote because of the irony that it features. Because Mitch went to Harvard, Ray was in jail, and by Mitch saying that they are surrounded by crooks he's talking about themselves because they stole over 10 million dollars from the firm.
8: On a scale of one to ten I would give this book an eight. The only reason I gave it an eight was because we didn't know enough about the characters. When the dialogue would switch between characters it was too easy to get confused on who the book was talking about.
9: I chose this book because I enjoy the author's work and it is a bout something that I am interested in. I also liked it because there is plenty of suspense. The reason others should read this is that many people enjoy this author and they also like to read books with a lot of suspense.