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In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town’s water supply, causing the worst “cancer cluster” in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it.
Kyle McAvoy is one of the outstanding legal students of his generation: he’s good looking, has a brilliant mind and a glittering future ahead of him. But he has a secret from his past, a secret that threatens to destroy his fledgling career and, possibly, his entire life. “The Associate” is John Grisham’s upcoming 384-page legal thriller that will be released for sale on January 27, 2009.
Kyle McAvoy (Shia LaBeouf) is a student who’s about to graduate from Yale Law School when he’s manipulated into accepting a job at a prestige law firm and given privileged information about a multi-billion dollar lawsuit.
Trumble is a minimum-security federal prison, a “camp,” home to the usual assortment of relatively harmless criminals – drug dealers, bank robbers, swindlers, embezzlers, tax evaders, two Wall Street crooks, one doctor, at least five lawyers. And three former judges who call themselves the Brethren: one from Texas, one from California, and one from Mississippi.
The President, whose term of office is about to end, grands a last-minute quarter to the notorious Washington power broker Joel Backman who has spent his last six years locked up in a federal prison. No one knows that the President made the decision under strong pression of the CIA. That is because in his times Backman obtained secrets that compromise the world’s most sophisticated satellite surveillance system.
In the corridors of Chicago’s top law firm: 26-year-old Adam Hall stands on the brink of a brilliant legal career. Now he is risking it all for a death-row killer and an impossible case. Maximum Security Unit, Mississippi State Prison: Sam Cayhall is a former Klansman and unrepentant racist now facing the death penalty for a fatal bombing in 1967.
Adam Hall (Chris O’Donnell) is a successful attorney who takes the case of Sam Cayhall (Gene Hackman), an outspoken racist and member of the Ku Klux Klan who was convicted in the early ’60s of the murder of a Jewish civil rights lawyer and his children. When he tries to spare his life, Adam gets a more complete and disturbing picture of Cayhall’s race hatred and the terrible toll it has taken on his family and the community.
In a weedy lot on the outskirts of Memphis, two boys watch a shiny Lincoln pull up to the curb… Eleven-year-old Mark Sway and his younger brother were sharing a forbidden cigarette when a chance encounter with a suicidal lawyer left Mark knowing a bloody and explosive secret: the whereabouts of the most sought-after dead body in America.
Reggie Love is a recovering alcoholic who has lost custody of her own two children, as she battles to win them back, meanwhile redirecting her maternal instincts through her family law practice. Reggie is continuously taking on the most “hopeless” of cases involving children and fights for them with a vengeance while her practice suffers financial jeopardy, as a result.
Mark Sway (Brad Renfro) witnesses the suicide of a Mafia lawyer, who confesses that the Mob was behind the murder of a U.S. senator. Gangster Barry Muldano (Anthony LaPaglia) is soon on Mark’s trail, and in desperation, he arrives at the office of recovering alcoholic lawyer Reggie Love (Susan Sarandon). With the Mob after them, and a ruthless federal attorney (Tommy Lee Jones) trying to force Mark to reveal what he knows, Love battles to guarantee the safety of her client and his family.
At the top of his class at Harvard Law, he had his choice of the best in America. He made a deadly mistake. When Mitch McDeere signed on with Bendini, Lambert & Locke of Memphis, he thought he and his beautiful wife, Abby, were on their way. The firm leased him a BMW, paid off his school loans, arranged a mortgage and hired him a decorator.
Mitch McDeere (Tom Cruise) is a young man with a promising future in Law. About to sit his Bar exam, he is approached by ‘The Firm’ and made an offer he doesn’t refuse. Seduced by the money, he is totally oblivious to the more sinister side of his company. Then, two Associates are murdered. The FBI contact him, asking him for information and suddenly his life is ruined. He can either work with the FBI, or stay with the Firm. Either way he will lose his life as he knows it. Mitch figures the only way out is to follow his own plan…