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In a weedy lot on the outskirts of memphis, two boys watch a shiny Lincoln pull upt ot the curb... Eleven-year-old Mark Sway and his younger brother were sharing a forbidden cigarrette when a chance encounter with a suicidal laywer left Mark knowing a bloody and explosive secret: the whereabouts of the most sought-after dead body in America. Now Mark is caught between a legal system gone mad and a mob killer desperate to cover up his crime. And his only ally is a woman named Reggie Love, who has been a lawyer for all of four years. Prosecutors are willing to break all the rules to make Mark talk. The mob will stop at nothing to keep him quiet. And Reggie will do anything to protect her client -- even take a last, desperate gamble that could win Mark his freedom... or cost them both their lives.
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YA-- While sneaking into the woods to smoke forbidden cigarettes, preteen brothers Mark and Ricky find a lawyer committing suicide in his car. Mark tries to save the man but is instead grabbed by him and told the location of the body of a murdered U. S. senator--a murder of which the lawyer's Mafia-connected client is accused. Witnessing the successful suicide sends Ricky into shock and Mark into a web of lies, half-truths, and finally into refusal to tell the confided secret to the police. Mark accidentally but fortuitously hires a lawyer, Reggie Love, who steers him through a maze of FBI agents, legal proceedings, judges, ambitious lawyers, and hit men. Love's 11-year-old, street-smart client defies the judicial system to protect himself and his family. This thriller is unique in its theme and in its suspense mixed with humor. A sure ``all-night'' read.-- Katherine Fitch, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, VA

Fans of the bestselling Grisham will be pleased to note that he is once more on Firm ground: his latest legal thriller offers a clever, compelling plot coupled with two singular protagonists sure to elicit readers' empathy. Eleven-year-old Mark Sway, taking his kid brother for a smoke behind their Memphis trailer park, witnesses the suicide of a lawyer ``driven crazy'' by a lethal secret. Before he dies, the man confides to Mark where the body of a recently murdered U.S. senator lies buried, and the game's afoot. Trailed by the police, the FBI and assorted Mafia types (the deceased politico was the victim of ``a successful New Orleans street thug''), Mark retains--for one dollar--the services of Reggie Love, a 50ish female lawyer. This uncommon attorney-client relationship adds an affecting, unusually humanistic layer to the novel's tension-filled events. Mark, raised by a divorced mother and wise beyond his years, thinks chiefly in terms of movies and TV; Reggie, a street-smart survivor of an acrimonious divorce, is often unsure whether to hug or slug her precocious client. True to form, Grisham employs just enough foreshadowing to keep the suspense rolling (``Neither of them could know that . . . ''), and propels his action at the requisite breakneck pace. Occasional plot improbabilities and stylistic quibbles--a few fuzzy characterizations; overstatement of already obvious points; Mark's sporadic adult phraseology--will not deter readers from enjoying a rousing read. 950,000 first printing; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selections; Reader's Digest Condensed Book selection. (Mar.)

"Engrossing!"--"San Francisco Chronicle". "Absorbing... Wildly original... His best book yet."--"Cosmopolitan". "Heart -pounding!" --"Orlando Sentinel". "Grisham is an absolute master!"--"Washington Post". "Engrossing!"--"San Francisco Chronicle". "Absorbing... Wildly original... His best book yet."--"Cosmopolitan". "Heart -pounding!" --"Orlando Sentinel". "Grisham is an absolute master!"--"Washington Post". "Engrossing!"--"San Francisco Chronicle," "Absorbing... Wildly original... His best book yet."--"Cosmopolitan," "Heart -pounding!" --"Orlando Sentinel," "Grisham is an absolute master!"--"Washington Post," "Engrossing!"--"San Francisco Chronicle." "Absorbing... Wildly original... His best book yet."--"Cosmopolitan." "Heart -pounding!" --"Orlando Sentinel." "Grisham is an absolute master!"--"Washington Post." "Engrossing!" -- "San Francisco Chronicle." "Absorbing... Wildly original... His best book yet." --"Cosmopolitan." "Heart -pounding!" -- "The Orlando Sentinel." "Grisham is an absolute master!" --"The Washington Post." "Engrossing!" -- "San Francisco Chronicle. "Absorbing... Wildly original... His best book yet." --"Cosmopolitan. "Heart -pounding!" -- "The Orlando Sentinel. "Grisham is an absolute master!" --"The Washington Post.

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