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Monday, July 21

The Client

"From now on, you'll do nothing but read books." 
- Dianne Sway to her eleven-year old son Mark on The Client by John Grisham 

It's never blue, it it? I mean blueberry pies. I had a slice for brunch today as I finished reading a legal thriller. At least there was a pretty decoupage napkin to go with it and a good ending to a riveting story. But then I paused and decided that it's too pretty for the crumbs. Here's what I'm talking about -

With this post I begin to document books I have read, or something to remember a book by. I wish I did this for those many other books I read in the past but well, it's never too late and I hope to catch up. So without further ado here are 13 random things about THE CLIENT by John Grisham.

  • It's amazing how lies grow. You start with a small one that seems easy to cover, then you get boxed in and tell another one. Then another. People believe you at first, and they act upon your lies, and you catch yourself wishing you simply told the truth.
  • Children are not to be interviewed without first talking to the parents.
  • A person who knows something about a crime, and withholds this information from the FBI or the police may be found guilty of obstruction of justice.
  • Every citizen owes to society the duty of giving testimony to aid in the enforcement of the law.
  • The most effective defense lawyers are those who keep fighting away from the issues.
  • Cameras and reporters attract lawyers like blood attracts sharks.
2. What I learned:
  • Knowing or not knowing a dangerous information can spell the difference between life and death.
  • Technically, a client is supposed to pay a lawyer something as a retainer.  Once it is done, they go from there. A single dollar is fine.
  • Lawyers pick for details by asking pointed questions and they skillfully and fearfully dance around delicate information.
  • Time is critical so you move fast because evidence disappears and memories fade. Big corporations move slow.
  • A doctor can put off the press or order the FBI out of a patient's room.
  • The attorney-client privilege is almost sacred.
  • The Juvenile Court is the unwanted stepchild of the judicial system
  • allegations are based partly on facts and partly on assumptions
  • an attorney trying a case cannot participate in the same trial as a witness
  • there's no law against dodging subpoenas.
3. My is-that-so moment:
  • People from New Orleans speak with a clipped drawl.
  • Amber and Alexis happen to be two of the most popular names among strippers and whores in the French Quarter.
  • assistant prosecutor in New Orleans; fifteen thousand bucks a year in 1975 
4. What made me chuckle:
  • Lawyers just get in the way.  You have to pay them money, and they object to everything.
  • Lawyers are a pain in the ass
  • "What kind of lawyer is she?" "Mean as hell. Shrewd as the devil."
  • The press is going to ruin this country.
  • Her figure was obscene - tiny waist, healthy breasts, slender legs.
  • Research was to be done by egghead scholars.
  • Half the lawyers on television were laboring away on cases they wouldn't get paid for. The other half were sleeping with beautiful women and eating in fancy restaurants.
  • She's a lawyer and she doesn't want money?
5. What I want to read more about:
  • "I'm not hired. I'm retained."
  • "Indict me."
  • Miranda Rights
  • innuendo
  • Civitans
6. Food and drink mentioned
doughnuts, tomato juice, black coffee, beer, sprite, lasagna, oats, sandwiches, spaghetti, ice cream, hot cocoa, shrimp remoulade, roast beef, horseradish and pickles, onion rings, peach cobbler, tea, wine, corn on the cob, sweet potato sticks, cinnamon rolls, chocolate milk, diet cola, Snickers bar, apple Danish, "cheesecake at Cafe Expresso in The Peabody"

7. Phrases / lines I like:
  • ...was on the floor between two shelves of books with his shoes off...
  • reading financial statements by candlelight and waiting for dinner
  • fishing in the mountains
  • It was a big house of English Tudor design, with dark wood and dark brick and ivy covering all of one side....
  • buried deep in law books 
  • She would take the first sip like a wine connoisseur, smack her lips like a rabbit, then pass judgment on the coffee.
  • A soft wind gently rustled the leaves of the huge black oaks between the porch and the street.
  • Reggie flipped through a thick book under a lamp. It was midnight.
  • she curled under a quilt and sipped tea while reading a book titled Reluctant Witnesses
8. Media and product brands: Virginia Slims, The Godfather, LA Law, M*A*S*H, Escape from Alcatraz, Lear and Citation jets

9. What I remember from childhood: the Bic pen 

10. Oh my love for things old!
  • "Senator Dauvin, an antebellum relic from the Civil War"
  • A large family portrait hung above the sofa. It was an old photograph of the Love Family, matted and framed by thick, curly wood.
11. I rather relate: 
  • In high school I had this teacher who was like a drill sergeant. We hated her, but she made us learn.
  • He was a good boy when he was little, but then his father got him and just ruined him.  This was after the divorce.
12. My ex-husband would be familiar with this: "Strippers. Get them a job, then an apartment, buy some clothes, feed them nice dinners, and then they get culture and start making demands."

13. This is just me: I get the impression that John Grisham doesn't like Ronald Reagan.

Thanks to our hosts: Thursday Thirteen / Favorite Things / Blue Monday


  1. Hi Hazel,

    What a darling napkin; I'm so glad you shared it. I love that author too. I've read almost all of his books.

    Happy Blue Monday!

  2. I agree with you. Some napkins are just too pretty to use :) Blueberry pie is more purple isn't it, but my mouth is watering at the thought, whatever its colour.

  3. I like Grisham's thrillers, and I agree that napkin is too pretty to use! :)

  4. I really like the categories you used when talking about this book. They were different than what most book reviewers use. I hope you don't mind if I borrow them sometime. I'll give you credit. Thanks.

  5. I feel like I"ve now read the book.

  6. That napkin is too pretty to use. It's been ages since I read this book, but loved it. If you haven't yet read it, I recommend Grisham's "A Time to Kill." My T13.

    1. Yes, a popular book of his too but one I never got around to reading. But I will. Thanks, Heather.

  7. Interesting review. If Grisham didn't like Reagan, then I should probably read more of his work. ;-)

  8. Excuuuuse me, but I want a better and MUCH bigger photo of the blueberry pie!


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