Book Review: The Firm

Not All That Glitters is Gold

The American Dream

John Grisham’s novel The Firm (1991) is about a young accountant, Mitch McDeer, who gets the job of lifetime. He gets offered a position in a prestigious law firm. The pay is incredible and his social standing is sure to rise. But, not everything is at it seems. He discovers the firm is doing something shady. The more he discovers, the more dangerous his job becomes.

The Movie and The Book

There is a movie based on the novel. I watched the movie before reading the book. The story had the right mixture of elements, the legal jargon, the high stakes and mystery. Add all this to the spectacular cast (Tom Cruise, Ed Harris and Gene Hackman), there was no way I couldn’t read the book.

Not The Same

The book and the book do not have the same ending. I will not spoiled the ending, but I liked the movie ending better than the book. They did kept the important part of the story though. The stakes kept getting higher for the main character and the firm seemed like an impossible enemy to overcome. I was feeling tense when I read the book and saw the movie.

Final Thoughts

I did not like the ending of the book. But, this does not mean the book is bad, it just wasn’t what I liked for an ending. I recommend both the book and the movie. I guarantee you’ll enjoy them.

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