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Author: John Grisham Narrator: Blair Brown Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553754704
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In a weedy lot on the outskirts of memphis, two  boys watch a shiny Lincoln pull upt ot the  curb... Eleven-year-old Mark Sway and his younger brother  were sharing a forbidden cigarrette when a chance  encounter with a suicidal laywer left Mark knowing  a bloody and explosive secret: the whereabouts of  the most sought-after dead body in America. Now  Mark is caught between a legal system gone mad  and a mob killer desperate to cover up his crime.  And his only ally is a woman named Reggie Love,  who has been a lawyer for all of four years.  Prosecutors are willing to break all the rules to make  Mark talk. The mob will stop at nothing to keep  him quiet. And Reggie will do anything to protect  her client -- even take a last, desperate gamble  that could win Mark his freedom... or cost them  both their lives.


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Quotes & Awards

  • Absorbing... Wildly original... His best book yet. Cosmopolitan.
  • Engrossing! San Francisco Chronicle.
  • Grisham is  an absolute master! The  Washington Post.
  • Heart -pounding! The Orlando  Sentinel.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Waven | 2/16/2014

    " This is my third Grisham and my favorite thus far. It was an interesting read with enough action and suspense to keep the pages turning without overwhelming credulity (although he stretches it rather thin in several places). The protagonist family Sway is likeable, the antagonist Muldanno and cronies are frightening but low-key, and there are a few characters who scramble back and forth between the two, making things a bit more interesting. Many scenes and descriptions date the writing but can be overlooked with little effort. And though Grisham closes with another neatly-packaged end, it was done well enough to carry through. My biggest complaints fell to the characters, who were difficult to keep track of and not always convincing. A large handful of police, FBI agents, and lawyers were hardly more than sketched in as people. Then they were scattered through a half dozen offices in two states, appearing and disappearing faster than you can say "criminal justice" with rarely a note or reminder to the reader of who all these people were. (Admittedly, if I had cared more for the book, I might have tried harder to keep them straight.) And then there was Mark, a purported eleven-year-old who vacillated between ballsy genius pre-adult and weepy pre-teen. It was fun, don't get me wrong, and I certainly don't regret reading it ... but I couldn't in good conscience give it more than three stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesley | 2/13/2014

    " Great read. Love books you can't put down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 travelmel | 2/13/2014

    " I can't remember this book but I know I read it. I wouldn't read it now..not my stuff anymore. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iv | 1/24/2014

    " Another absolute one! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gregory | 1/23/2014

    " Got bored. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Orin | 1/20/2014

    " It was okay, nothing too spectacular. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 angrykitty | 1/16/2014

    " i acutally liked this one ok. still, it's not like it's one that's gonna stick with you forever. i still think they shoulda went with an older lady, to play the sarandon role, like in the book. tommy lee jones was yet again cool in the movie though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 1/14/2014

    " I really liked this book with the exception of the language and the movie enhanced it even more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daree | 1/10/2014

    " I love John Grisham's legal thrillers so I love this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carole | 1/9/2014

    " Grisham is a good storyteller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 1/2/2014

    " just not my cup of lawyer tea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bailey | 12/26/2013

    " I loved this novel, especially the way it began. I was hooked immediately and had to keep reading. Grisham painted such a great picture of every character and I remember them to this day after not reading this book for years. This might be one of my faves by J.G. :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C.j. | 12/22/2013

    " Loved the social commentary on homelessness in America. Great book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 12/3/2013

    " If you love law and you love suspense, this is the book for you! First long novel I ever read of my own choosing in the 8th grade. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Orion | 11/28/2013

    " Good book read it when I was in Highschool but remember it as a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vickie | 11/9/2013

    " Not really my thing, but I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 11/3/2013

    " I really enjoy the John Grisham books. I always find them intrigueing. I've never read one that I didn't like. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 AnnaMarie | 11/1/2013

    " I love Reggie! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abigail | 10/15/2013

    " I liked this book but there was a lot of action. I like how he writes his other books. I love the legal aspects of things. This movie was good, but not my favorite. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharpie | 3/30/2013

    " A shallow, obvious story. A know it all kid, who out smarts cops, the FBI, and the mob. 20 Pgs in, the crime is explained in full detail, no twists to be had, no guilt to be questioned. I did enjoy his writing style, albeit simple. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 3/23/2012

    " The use of a child protagonist is interesting, especially given eleven year old Mark Sway's prodigal wisdom. The book is exciting from cover to cover and is an enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barb | 3/20/2012

    " Late one night while I was reading this book my husband asked me if I was coming to bed. I said, "Honey I can't. The mob is after him, the police are after him and his brother is trying to find him." This book is a fast read because you can't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 1/24/2012

    " Ending was a bit abrupt, but I liked this one pretty well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan | 1/9/2012

    " I am on a John Grisham spree, and I don't think it will be ending anytime soon. I loved this book! I'm digging all the lawyer talk and twisted plots. I liked it much more than The Firm. Can't wait to check out his other thrillers! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Les | 9/13/2011

    " This was the first Grisham book I ever read. I read it many years ago--recommended by my then-father in law. I love the little kid. And I love the attorney, who took the case on a $1 retainer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachelle | 7/8/2011

    " Very suspenseful. I only have the abridged version so maybe the ending to the unabridged is more satisying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harish | 7/6/2011

    " Grisham stays upto his reputation, he has an uncanny knack of proselytizing Law into a racy fiction/plot. He never disappoints. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mama | 6/3/2011

    " Great story. Quick read. Liked the main character! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lena | 5/30/2011

    " Very much enjoyed this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Surge | 5/21/2011

    " I enjoyed every Grisham book I read. But I have to say The Client is my favorite one so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 5/13/2011

    " A good read - about a young boy who sees a man attempt suicide and then die, and thus becomes hunted for his knowledge. Grisham builds stories around modern issues and law. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mimin | 5/5/2011

    " Coba baca novel berbahasa Inggris seminggu baru dapat 1 Bab :D.
    Novel sekela John Grishan kok grammarnya masih salah yak. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 4/8/2011

    " Love to read John Grisham! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 4/6/2011

    " This is the first adult book I remember reading as a young teen. I loved it. I own it, it will always be on my book shelf! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 4/4/2011

    " Page turning tension and a great twist at the end "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bhagirathy | 3/31/2011

    " Every book is just so refreshing. Really, grisham, i love all your works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hariza | 3/23/2011

    " john grisham...? he still the best "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika | 3/21/2011

    " I absolutely love this book. The very first John Grisham book i read and i have been hooked since page 1. I have not read a book of his i did! Not love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valynn | 3/19/2011

    " I've read nearly all of the John Grisham books and enjoyed them. Good plotlines, and the protagonists are generally likeable, despite being lawyers ;-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 3/9/2011

    " I'm so pleased that the library has Grisham books in Spanish as well as English now. Juan and I both liked this book. The protagonist, an 11 year old boy, is such a great character. Caught between the Mafia and the FBI, he and his lawyer manage to escape them both.... Great story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 2/27/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. This book really makes you think. "

About the Author

John Grisham, whose name has become synonymous with the modern legal thriller, used to work sixty to seventy hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi, law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel. When finally published, A Time to Kill met with little success, but when he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers. Spending forty-seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991. The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham’s reputation as the master of the legal thriller. His success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was then republished. This time around, it was a bestseller. Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year, and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 275 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into forty languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films, as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

About the Narrator

Blair Brown is a Tony Award–winning actor. Her best known role is Nina Sharp from the television series Fringe. She prepares for recording audiobooks the same way she does for her other roles: by reading the text three times. Brown has won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards.