One of the benefits of growing up in a family with older siblings is you get exposed to a new world long before your peers do. So while my 11 and 12 year old friends were being entertained by storybooks, I was falling in love with the likes of The River and the Source, The Concubine and The Client. That was over a decade ago. Now, imagine my excitement when I came across the very same John Grisham’s THE CLIENT - hardcover version, to add to my collection…but not before letting my now very adult mind re-read it.
Story line is simple, young Mark Sway (11 year-old) and little brother Ricky (9 year-old) sneak to the woods to have a smoke. Little do they know a very prominent lawyer (Jerome Clifford) has chosen the same woods to end his life. Mark feels obliged to ‘help’ save his life. Instead, he ends up witnessing the traumatic suicide and becoming Romey’s last confidant (now he knows who killed a ‘missing’ Louisiana senator and where the body is buried - information that everyone, from the mob to the FBI and the media, is dying for).