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Encyclopedia > The Firm (novel)

The Firm is a 1991 legal thriller and the second novel by John Grisham. It was his first widely recognized piece of work, and in 1993, was made into a film starring Tom Cruise. Grisham's first novel, A Time to Kill, was initially only marginally successful and did not bring the author the attention of the general public. The legal thriller is a sub-genre of the detective story in which the major characters are lawyers and their employees. ... John Ray Grisham Jr. ... The Firm DVD cover The Firm is a legal thriller film released in 1993, directed by Sydney Pollack, and starring Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, Gary Busey, and David Strathairn. ... Tom Cruise (born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV on July 3, 1962) is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor and film producer. ... A Time to Kill is the name of a legal suspense thriller authored by John Grisham in 1989. ...


Plot summary

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

The novel focuses on Mitch McDeere, graduated third in his class at Harvard Law School. Mitch is married to his girlfriend from college, Abby. Mitch's brother Ray is serving a prison term. Another brother died in Vietnam. Harvard Law School (HLS) is one of the professional graduate schools of Harvard University. ...


Mitch has offers from law firms in New York and Chicago. but he is seduced by a promise of great pay, a house, and a BMW from a small law firm in Memphis. Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ...


Initially, although he's worked very hard, life is good in Memphis, with the chance to become a partner after only a few years. Then two of Mitch's colleagues die in an accident. An FBI agent, Wayne Tarrance, confronts Mitch, and Mitch learns gradually that the Firm is actually a cover for the Mafia. They have a system in which new lawyers from poor backgrounds are successfully lured into the firm with promises of secure wealth. By the time a lawyer knows its actual operations, he cannot leave. No lawyer has actually quit the firm alive. Mitch learns that his house, office and even his car are bugged. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a federal criminal investigative, intelligence agency, and the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ...


Desperate to find a way out and stay alive in the process, Mitch makes a deal with the FBI, in which he gets two million dollars and the release of his brother, but only if he collects enough evidence to indict the members of the firm. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a federal criminal investigative, intelligence agency, and the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ...


Meanwhile, the firm becomes suspicious, and with the assistance of a mole in the FBI, they discover Mitch's plan. Once Mitch learns of this, he stops trusting the FBI and runs from both the police and Mafia, taking his wife and his now-released brother with him. He then proceeds to steal approximately ten million dollars from various bank accounts belonging to the firm. A mole is a spy who works for an enemy nation and works within his nations government. ...


Mitch manages to escape to the Caribbean, while the FBI gets the evidence they need to bust the firm. At the end, Mitch and his family are shown quietly enjoying their newfound wealth in the Caribbean.

Preceded by
A Time to Kill
John Grisham Novels
1991
Succeeded by
The Pelican Brief
John Grisham's novels (as of 2006)

1980s: A Time to Kill
1990s: The FirmThe Pelican BriefThe ClientThe ChamberThe RainmakerThe Runaway JuryThe PartnerThe Street LawyerThe Testament
2000s: The BrethrenA Painted HouseSkipping ChristmasThe SummonsBleachersThe King of TortsThe Last JurorThe Broker
A Time to Kill is the name of a legal suspense thriller authored by John Grisham in 1989. ... The Pelican Brief is legal/suspense thriller written by John Grisham in 1992. ... John Ray Grisham Jr. ... A Time to Kill is the name of a legal suspense thriller authored by John Grisham in 1989. ... The Pelican Brief is legal/suspense thriller written by John Grisham in 1992. ... The Client movie poster The Client (1994) is a legal thriller written by American author John Grisham, set in Memphis, Tennessee. ... The Chamber (1994) is a legal/suspense novel by noted American author John Grisham. ... The Rainmaker is a 1995 novel by John Grisham. ... The Runaway Jury novel cover The Runaway Jury is a legal thriller novel written by American author John Grisham. ... The Partner (1997) is a legal/thriller novel by noted American author John Grisham. ... The Street Lawyer is a legal/suspense novel, the ninth such work written by American author John Grisham. ... The Testament is a legal/suspense thriller by American author John Grisham. ... The Brethren is a law-related novel by American author John Grisham, published in 2000. ... Front Cover of A Painted House A Painted House is a novel by American author John Grisham, published on February 6, 2001. ... Skipping Christmas (2001) is a comedy novella by noted American author John Grisham. ... The Summons is a legal thriller novel written in 2000 by noted American author John Grisham. ... Bleachers is a novel by American author John Grisham. ... The King of Torts is a legal/suspense novel written by American author John Grisham. ... Cover of audio book of The Last Juror The Last Juror is a novel by John Grisham first published in Doubleday on February 3rd 2004. ... Grishams 2005 Novel The Broker The Broker, is a suspense novel written by noted by American author John Grisham published in the United States on January 11, 2005. ...

Non-Fiction

2000s: The Innocent Man The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town is the first nonfiction [1] book written by John Grisham which was released by Doubleday Publishing on October 10, 2006. ...

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See also The Firm (1993 film) This article is about the 1993 film. ...


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The Firm is a legal thriller film released in 1993, directed by Sydney Pollack, and starring Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, Gary Busey, and David Strathairn.
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They reveal that the Firm is a front for the Mafia and does all the crime family's legal work, engages in corruption, money laundering and has engaged in murder.
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