The Client is a legal thriller written by John Grisham. The story is set in Memphis, Tennessee and New Orleans, Louisiana.
Boyd Boyette, a United States Senator from Louisiana, goes missing and is suspected to be murdered. The suspect, Barry Muldanno, is the head of the local Mafia, but the government cannot arrest him because there is no evidence. Mark Sway is an eleven year old living in a Memphis trailer park with his younger brother Ricky and divorced mother Dianne. One day, Mark and Ricky sneak into the woods to smoke cigarettes when they see a man trying to commit suicide by pumping exhaust fumes from his car into his car with all doors shut. Mark tries to remove the pipe, but the man sees him and pulls Mark into the car with him. Mark finds out that this man is Jerome Clifford, the lawyer for Barry Muldanno. Jerome Clifford reveals to Mark that Barry Muldanno did kill the Senator, and he tells him where the body is hidden. Mark manages to escape, but the lawyer shoots himself. Ricky, standing on the sidelines, goes to the hospital because just he witnessed suicide and is in shock. The FBI suspects Mark knows where the body is, and they question him. However, Mark knows that if he tells the FBI where the body is, the mob will find him and kill him and his family. Needing assistance, Mark hires Reggie Love, a lawyer who normally works with child abuse cases. Reggie knows the situation Mark and his family are in, and plans to protect him. Mark also has to skip school, stay at the hospital for Ricky, and go to meetings and court. Will Mark’s life ever get back to normal? Will he and his family escape the FBI and the mob’s attention? Read the book to find out!
Surprisingly, I really enjoyed reading this book. I am not a big fan of history or government, so when this book was suggested for me to read, I was a little hesitant. However, this book is very interesting and I found myself pulled into the plot. The Client is definitely a good read.