The Client

The Client

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     I read the book The Client by John Grisham. This book was about a boy, named Mark Sway, and is younger brother who witnessed a horrible suicide. Before the suicide, he talked to the lawyer who was about to kill himself. This lawyer, Jerome Clifford, had a client in New Orleans who had murdered a United States Senator and hid the body at the lawyer?s house. Right before he shot himself, the lawyer told Mark everything about his Mafia connected client. When the lawyer took his life, the younger brother went into shock, but Mark realized that he had to tell the police something. He didn?t want to tell them that he knew the whereabouts of the body for fear of the Mafia coming after him. He just decided to tell the police that he and his brother were in the woods and they found the car and the lawyer?s body, not knowing anything about it.
     Later, the police found Mark?s fingerprints around and inside the car, where he had been talking to the lawyer, and even on the gun. FBI agents and local police all suspected that Mark knew more than he was telling them. Mark hired a lawyer, Reggie Love, to help him get out of the mess he put himself in. A couple newspapers got word of the fingerprints of the boy and they quickly made up stories that Mark was now suspected to be the killer of the lawyer. Mark realized that the best thing to do would be to let the police know where the body was and tell them the truth about everything he knew. The next day, he and Reggie had an appointment with some FBI agents. On the way to his lawyer?s office, Mark ran into a man obviously in the Mafia. He threatened to kill him if he told anyone about what Jerome Clifford had told him. He knew the man wasn?t joking because he was holding a switchblade to his face at the time. By this time, Mark no longer wants to talk to the authorities. Through all this, Mark?s mother was still living at the hospital, worrying about her youngest son, who was still in shock and comatose.
     Eventually, the FBI gets annoyed with waiting for Mark. They decide that he should be put in a juvenile home until he agrees to talk to them. Mark knows that he should not be in the home.

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He talks back to the police and gets in a lot of trouble there. One day, he figures out the best plan to get out of the home. He runs around his cell and sweats a lot then calls for the guards. He lays on his bed, sweating and sucking his thumb, just like his brother who is still in shock. This gets him out of the prison and into a hospital with his mother again.
     Reunited with his lawyer, he goes to the place where Jerome told him the body would be. It was there. After many discussions of going to Witness Protection Programs, Reggie realized it was the only option. If Mark didn?t talk to the government, he?d be put in child prisons until he did talk, but when he would talk, the Mafia would kill him. She told the FBI agents to arrange to move Mark, his mother, and his brother to another area of the country. They arranged everything and set them on their way. Reggie and Mark said goodbye and after Mark had gone, Reggie told the FBI where to find the body of the Senator.
     This story was about a child and his rights. He was not guilty of anything but he was still being punished for nothing. His lawyer helped him get through everything and she eventually got him out of the problems he did not need to be exposed to since he was only twelve years old.
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