Make Partner Or Die

THE FIRM By John Grisham Doubleday -- 421pp -- $19.95

At the start of John Grisham's shrewd novel The Firm, Mitchell Y. McDeere graduates at the top of his class at Harvard Law, then trades in his good grades for big bucks: a base salary of $80,000 the first year, plus bonuses. Eighty-five the second year, plus bonuses. A low-interest mortgage on a proper address. Two country club memberships. And--what else?--a new BMW. McDeere picks black.

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