The Firm


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Paperback, Penguin Readers, 432 pages

Published:  February 15th 2000 by Addison Wesley Publishing Company (first published February 1991)

Original Title: The Firm

ISBN:  0582418275 (ISBN13: 9780582418271)

Edition Language: English

Characters: Mitchell Y. “Mitch” McDeere, Abby McDeere, Ray McDeere settingMemphis, Tennessee, 1991 (United States) Tennessee (United States)


Mitch McDeere is young, intelligent and ambitious. When he gets a job with the law firm of Bendini, Lambert, & Locke it seems to be the path to money and power. But soon Mitch finds that the firm is listening to all his phone calls, and the FBI wants to speak to him. Money and power has a price, and it could be Mitch’s life.

The Firm is a 1991 legal thriller by American writer John Grisham. His second book, it was Grisham’s first which gained wide popularity; in 1993, after selling 1.5 million copies, it was made into a film starring Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman and Jeanne Tripplehorn. Grisham’s first novel, A Time to Kill, came into prominence afterwards due to this novel’s success.

Mitchell Y. “Mitch” McDeere is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a degree in accounting, who has passed his Certified Public Accountant exam on the first attempt and graduated third in his class at Harvard Law School. Mitch is married to his high school sweetheart, Abby Sutherland, an elementary school teacher who also attended Western Kentucky University. His older brother Ray is imprisoned in Tennessee, and his other brother, Rusty, died in Vietnam.

Mitch spurns offers from law firms in New York and Chicago in favor of signing with Bendini, Lambert and Locke, a small tax law firm based in Memphis. He finds the firm’s offer—a large salary, a lease on a new BMW automobile and a low interest mortgage on a house—too generous to resist. Soon after he joins, his new colleagues help him study and pass his bar exam—the first priority for new associates. Mitch is assigned to partner Avery Tolar, the firm’s “bad boy,” but a highly accomplished attorney.

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