The book The Client by John Grisham meets the expectation of a typical thriller book because it embodies the conventions that thriller readers expect. Grisham's use of enigmas, extravagant crime events, antagonists and protagonists, cliff-hangers and a climax that lands the central characters in danger endorses the thriller genre by meeting all of our thriller expectations!
" …Engaged me to the point w here there was little time when the book was not in my hands. "020000
" …E ngaged me to the point w here there was little time when the book was not in my hands. "Protagonists can be identified in central characters. Mark Sway for example, he is the focal "goodie" in the novel. This idea is developed right from the beginning with him being labelled as a victim of domestic abuse, this persona of a victim is advanced throughout the book through events such as him being held by "The fat...[suicidal]…lawyer..." (p.15) where he was almost killed followed by the overwhelming and intrusive publicity and the constant stalking and death threats from the mafia.
Reggie Love on the other hand is painted as more of an anti-hero with her alcohol abused past that tarnishes her reputation initially but is redeemed by her charitable and maternal actions towards Mark and his family such as her one-dollar service fee. To make it that bit more obvious that Reggie is in fact a "goodie" her last name is Love surely that was put there for a reason!
Some Characters throughout the novel are even portrayed to make the other characters look a certain way. Ricky Sway is portrayed as a symbol of innocence through the few extracts that he appears in. He was terrified when Jerome Clifford pulled up and tried to kill himself and his brother Mark, and was scared to the point he fell into a comma. His character makes Mark look extremely brave as he is too a child and experienced the same if not more than Ricky did and he, although slightly shaken-up, was in almost perfect physical shape. This technique can also be identified when comparing Reggie Love and Dianne Sway. Both can be identified as maternal figures yet Dianne makes Reggie look like a more stable figure, with her history of domestic abuse, residents in a trailer park, her unstable employment and her addiction to smoking.
Antagonists such as Jerome "Romey" Clifford and Barry "the Blade" Mudano alternatively represent the "evil" in the book. Romey displays pure selfishness and insanity by attempting to force Mark to die with him. Barry the Blade conversely shows your typical nasty gang member who doesn't take responsibility for his actions.
As a devoted thriller fan the uses of significant events such as the suicide of Romey Clifford and the suspenseful journey to find the body of the late senator which landing Reggie and Mark as fugitives, engaged me to the point where there was little time when the book was not in my hands.
The book began with events that seemed like 2 young boys just trying to act older than their age, to the suicide of a lawyer followed by an investigation which lands Mark in the middle of it all which leads to the Mafia threatening the young boy driving him to achieve justice without the authorities recruiting Reggie as his trusty side-kick. The chronological order of the book takes the reader on an "emotional rollercoaster" by displaying exactly what Mark was feeling thought these events. Some of these emotions were quit blatantly exposed such as when Mark was in the car with Romey, "Mark was crying. "Please let me out of here," he said, lip quivering, voice cracking." (p.16) claims like this clearing demonstrate that Mark was frightened and upset. However, in other segments more subtle approaches are taken in order to display his feelings for example the when Mark and Reggie found out that they were being stalked Marks un-easy slightly worried emotions where exposed when Grisham described his breakfast experience, "…holding a muffin but not eating it, just staring blankly at the floor…[whilst]…Doreen watched every move. "Are you okay, sweetheart?" she asked him. Mark nodded slowly, "Oh I'm fine," he said in a