The Exchange: After The Firm (The Firm Series)
2nd in Series
Setting – New York/Libya/Italy
Doubleday (October 17, 2023)
Hardcover : 352 pages
ISBN-10 : 0385548958
ISBN-13 : 978-0385548953
Kindle ASIN : B0BYHPHG1L
What became of Mitch and Abby McDeere after they exposed the crimes of Memphis law firm Bendini, Lambert & Locke and fled the country? The answer is in The Exchange, the riveting sequel to The Firm, the blockbuster thriller that launched the career of America’s favorite storyteller. It is now fifteen years later, and Mitch and Abby are living in Manhattan, where Mitch is a partner at the largest law firm in the world. When a mentor in Rome asks him for a favor that will take him far from home, Mitch finds himself at the center of a sinister plot that has worldwide implications—and once again endangers his colleagues, friends, and family. Mitch has become a master at staying one step ahead of his adversaries, but this time there’s nowhere to hide.
I read the book The Firm in 1991 when it was released and have watched the film starring Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and many other big Hollywood names several times. I will admit I always wanted to know what happened to Mitch and Abby so I was thrilled to see that John Grisham was working on a sequel and that it was going to be released this year. I was excited when the book was offered to me to review.
It is now 15 years later. Mitch is now a partner at Scully and Pershing, one of the largest law firms in the world. Abby is working for a publisher editing cookbooks and getting to know many high-profile chefs. They have 8-year-old twin boys. The McDeere’s have made a home in Manhattan and have pretty much put what happened 15 years ago in Memphis behind them.
Mitch has been asked to take over a case from his mentor who is having health issues. It means a lot of traveling a long way from home but Mitch finally agrees. While the case is complicated Mitch never imagined that he, his family, his friends, and his colleagues would all be in danger again. Mitch has gotten out of terrifying situations before but this time he may not be so lucky.
As soon as I started reading I was visualizing Tom Cruise and Jeanne Tripplehorn and quickly got invested in their lives all over again. There is a very large cast of characters but I truthfully had no trouble keeping all the characters straight because they were diverse and interesting. The connections all made sense and the circumstances always pierced through making each memorable. Characters from the previous book are mentioned but other than Mitch and Abby only one was actually visited in this book.
The case Mitch takes on is for a contractor in Turkey for a bridge they built in Libya. Mitch’s mentor Luca asked him to take his daughter along as an associate. Giovanna is a capable lawyer so he agrees to the request. They make plans to visit the bridge so they can decide how to proceed with the case but things become dire when he can’t travel with her and she goes missing before she reaches to bridge. What follows is a heart-pounding race to save her. The evil they face, the measures they need to go through with no guarantees was sometimes very hard to read but knowing that part of the world is so volatile Mr. Grishman could have pulled the story from real headlines. I did have to slow down my reading pace to catch all the nuance of the story and peel through all the layers. The story is intense and the plot is tight.
Never having visited any of the many places Mitch traveled I appreciated the author’s detailed descriptions. It was easy to see each in my mind, it was like watching a movie. A movie I hope comes to fruition. I saw Mr. Grisham on The View earlier this week where he stated for a movie to happen Tom has to be on board. I hope he has sent him a copy of the book.
The Exchange is full of suspense and more thrilling moments than I can count. With a slow build to pull you in it soon becomes impossible to put the book down. While the current story wraps up within the pages the bad guys are still out there. Are Mitch and Abby really safe? I wonder if Mr. Grisham has more in store for them.
Please be aware the book does contain some very graphic events.
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About the Author
John Grisham is the author of numerous #1 bestsellers, which have been translated into nearly fifty languages. His recent books include The Boys from Biloxi, The Judge’s List, Sooley, and his third Jake Brigance novel, A Time for Mercy, which is being developed by HBO as a limited series.
Grisham is a two-time winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction and was honored with the Library of Congress Creative Achievement Award for Fiction.
When he’s not writing, Grisham serves on the board of directors of the Innocence Project and of Centurion Ministries, two national organizations dedicated to exonerating those who have been wrongfully convicted. Much of his fiction explores deep-seated problems in our criminal justice system.
Grisham lives on a farm in central Virginia.
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