The Firm Social Concerns

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As his first success and as a title with over eleven million copies in print, Grisham's The Firm merits special consideration. A good overview for Grisham's work appears in the comments by Stanley Fish of Duke University's English Department and Law School that appeared in Adrienne Drell's 1994 article on lawyer-authors for the ABA Journal. Referring to the popularity of legal thrillers, Fish states, "I think people are fascinated by the law and welcome sex and courtroom drama . . . or the opportunity to learn something about a technical corner of the law." Drell quotes Fish again later in the article: "By the end of these novels, the reader gets a sense of double satisfaction by finding an answer to the legal puzzle and also by participating in the solution of the protagonist's private puzzle." That is, the genre works by combining the portrayal of a special realm (the law) with...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
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