Friday, February 25, 2011

"The greatest firmness is the greatest mercy." Longfellow

Mitch McDeere takes a position with Memphis law firm, Bendini, Lambert and Lock, a firm specializing in tax law.

Shortly after his arrival, he learns that two of the newer associates were killed while boating in Grand Cayman.
Mitch is approached by an agent of the FBI who tells him that the Mob owns the firm and that many of the clients of the firm are engaging in tax fraud. The agent also informs Mitch that his home, his car and office are being bugged. He also tells Mitch that he's being followed.
Mitch hired a detective to look into the deaths of the associates and two other attorneys who worked with the firm. The detective gets the information but is caught by the firm and pays the price.
Mitch works with Avery Tolar who brings him to a meeting in Grand Cayman. There, Mitch is set up with incriminating photos. Back home, the head of the firm's security tells Mitch that the photos are kept as a warning not to do anything that would harm the firm.
We follow Mitch as he changes from an ambitious employee to a man in fear of his career and his life. Will the FBI be able to help? How will Mitch survive and get out of this situation?

This is a well plotted novel that is just as engrossing the second time it is read. The reader is drawn into Mitch's dilemma and can visualize something like this really happening and hope for a successful conclusion.
The setting is well done, with the traditions and old-time beliefs of Memphis, but underneath, there is corruption. Grisham writes in a visual method so that the reader can picture the action taking place. This creates a most entertaining experience.
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