This is quick, because I can’t imagine anyone who has never read a Grisham novel/watched a ‘film’ adaptation of a Grisham novel/read a book review of a Grisham novel/watched that episode of 3rd Rock From the Sun all those years ago where the family goes into Witness Protection for some reason and they’re all reading different Grisham novels, and when they realize the plot is exactly the same, they switch books and continue reading and sure enough, the plot is exactly the same. And yes, I’ve just spent about ten minutes searching the interwebs for the clip that apparently only I can remember, because I have an inordinate amount of brain sludge in my cerebral cortex.
ANYHOODLE. For the four people in the world who may not have ever read a Grisham ‘legal’ novel (because sometime in the early Aughts he went and branched out), here are the requirements:
I. An idealistic lawyer – the fresher out of law school, the better; or,
II. A lawer who has become disillusioned with the system, but will give it one last try.
A. The case he’s currently working on has ties to the Mafia;
B. The case he’s currently working on has ties to the KKK;
C. The case he’s currently working on has ties to the highest of government; or
D. The case he’s currently working on has ties to the evil health care industry.
With the help of:
1. His friends;
2. The FBI; or
3. No one, because he’s an IDEALISTIC LAWYER, he:
a. Is able to win his case;
b. Is able to turn the Mafia over to the FBI;
c. Is able to prove the conspiracy.
As his life is now in danger, he must:
i. Escape to the Caribbean or South America;
ii. Enter into the Witness Protection program;
iii. Face the reporters and live to fight another case;
iv. Retire from law.
Usually, he also manages to swindle the Mafia/Government/Whatever out of a tidy sum of:
The Firm is I, A, 2, b, i, *.
Grade for The Firm: 2.5 stars