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The Firm (Book)

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The Firm is a 1991 legal thriller by writer John Grisham. His second book, it was Grisham's first which gainedwide popularity; in 1993, after selling 1.5 million copies, it was made into a film starring Tom Cruise and Gene Hackman. Grisham's first novel, A Time to Kill, came into prominence afterwards due to this novel's success.

Shortly after Mitch passes the bar exam, Wayne Tarrance, an FBI agent, confronts Mitch, telling him the FBI is watching the firm. While in Washington, D.C. on business, Mitch learns from the FBI that the firm is part of the white collar division of the Morolto crime family of Chicago. The firm's founder, Anthony Bendini, was actually the son-in-law of old man Morolto. He founded the firm in 1944, and for almost half a century it has lured new lawyers from poor backgrounds with promises of wealth and security. Although all of the work Mitch has done so far is legitimate, the partners and senior associates are actively involved in a multi-million-dollar tax fraud and money laundering scheme that accounts for as much as 75 percent of the firm's business. The firm is heavily involved in laundering money from the Morolto's gambling and drug-dealing operations by using it to start corporations, which buy up property and businesses around the world. By the time a lawyer is aware of the firm's actual operations, he cannot leave. By the time he retires, he is too compromised to talk. No lawyer has escaped the firm alive; the five who tried to leave did so after finding out about the firm's ties to organized crime and were killed to keep them from talking. Kozinski and Hodge were actually in contact with the FBI at the time of their murders. The take-down of the Moroltos is such a high priority that the FBI's director, F. Denton Voyles, is personally involved in the case. Mitch learns that his house, office and car are bugged. Mitch and Abby are also routinely followed by Morolto goons, making his meetings with the FBI dangerous. Pressure from the FBI, which warns him he will almost certainly go to prison if he chooses to ignore them, as well as the firm forces Mitch to make a decision quickly.

The Firm is a 1991 legal thriller by writer John Grisham. His second book, it was Grisham's first which gainedwide popularity; in 1993, after selling 1.5 million copies, it was made into a film starring Tom Cruise and Gene Hackman. Grisham's first novel, A Time to Kill, came into prominence afterwards due to this novel's success.

Shortly after Mitch passes the bar exam, Wayne Tarrance, an FBI agent, confronts Mitch, telling him the FBI is watching the firm. While in Washington, D.C. on business, Mitch learns from the FBI that the firm is part of the white collar division of the Morolto crime family of Chicago. The firm's founder, Anthony Bendini, was actually the son-in-law of old man Morolto. He founded the firm in 1944, and for almost half a century it has lured new lawyers from poor backgrounds with promises of wealth and security. Although all of the work Mitch has done so far is legitimate, the partners and senior associates are actively involved in a multi-million-dollar tax fraud and money laundering scheme that accounts for as much as 75 percent of the firm's business. The firm is heavily involved in laundering money from the Morolto's gambling and drug-dealing operations by using it to start corporations, which buy up property and businesses around the world. By the time a lawyer is aware of the firm's actual operations, he cannot leave. By the time he retires, he is too compromised to talk. No lawyer has escaped the firm alive; the five who tried to leave did so after finding out about the firm's ties to organized crime and were killed to keep them from talking. Kozinski and Hodge were actually in contact with the FBI at the time of their murders. The take-down of the Moroltos is such a high priority that the FBI's director, F. Denton Voyles, is personally involved in the case. Mitch learns that his house, office and car are bugged. Mitch and Abby are also routinely followed by Morolto goons, making his meetings with the FBI dangerous. Pressure from the FBI, which warns him he will almost certainly go to prison if he chooses to ignore them, as well as the firm forces Mitch to make a decision quickly.

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