“It's amazing how lies grow. You start with a small one that seems easy to cover, then you get boxed in and tell another one. Then another. People believe you at first, then they act upon your lies, and you catch yourself wishing you'd simply told the truth.”
“You advised him not to get a lawyer, giving as one of your reasons the opinion that lawyers are a pain in the ass. Gentlemen, the pain is here.
“You wired the kid," Truemann said meekly to no one in particular.
"Why not? No crime. You're the FBI, remember. You boys run more wire than AT&T."[Reggie Love]”
“There was something unfair about a system in which a little kid was brought into a courtroom and surrounded by lawyers arguing and sniping at each other under the scornful eye of a judge, the referee, and somehow in the midst of this barrage of laws and code sections and motions and legal talk the kid was supposed to know what was happening to him. It was hopelessly unfair.”
“The theory was simple: If a man had enough sense to accumulate a bunch of cash, then he would certainly make a worthy U.S senator.”
“Children make lousy clients. The lawyer becomes much more than a lawyer. With adults, you simply lay the pros and cons of each option on the table. You advise this way and that. You predict a little, but not much. Then you tell the adult it’s time for a decision and you leave the room for a bit. When you return, you are handed a decision and you run with it. Not so with kids. They don’t understand lawyerly advice. They want a hug and someone to make decisions. They’re scared and looking for friends.”
“One good thing about jail is that it allows you to think a lot.”
“He lived forty-four years and no one cried at his funeral.”
“his finger around the trigger. Mark closed his eyes and felt nothing. “How old are you, Mark?” “Eleven.” “You told me that. Eleven. And I’m forty-four. We’re both too young to die, aren’t we, Mark?” “Yes sir.” “But it’s happening, pal. Do you feel it?” “Yes sir.” “My client killed a man and hid the body, and now my client wants to kill me. That’s the whole story. They’ve made me crazy. Ha! Ha! This is great, Mark. This is wonderful. I, the trusted”
“Strippers. Get them a job, then an apartment, buy some clothes, feed them nice dinners, and then they get culture and start making demands. They were an expensive habit, but one he could not break.”
“Dianne was suddenly concerned. Two boys see the same event. One goes into shock. It’s reasonable to believe the other would be affected. She hadn’t thought of this. She leaned down next to him. “Mark, are you all right?” He knew he had her. “I think so,” he said with a frown, as if a migraine were upon him.”
“Hardy said Ricky might be locked up in some institution for months, maybe years, if the doctors weren’t told the truth about what the boys witnessed. Hardy was okay, not too bright, and he was making the mistake of talking to Mark as if he were five years old instead of eleven.”
“Strippers. Get them a job, then an apartment, buy some clothes, feed them nice dinners, and then they get culture and start making demands.”
“At times he thinks like a terrorist, then he cries like a little child."
- Reggie Love”
“The trees thinned just before the crumbling”
“Americans no longer experience vacations. They simply Sony them so they can ignore them for the rest of the year.”
“Contents About the Book About the Author Also by John Grisham Title Page Dedication Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter”
“No, thanks. They won’t go away. You take care of Ricky and Mom, and me and the lawyer’ll take care of the FBI.”
“it matters less how much more you make than what you do with what you already have.”
“O God, Mama, I’ve made such a mull of it! What am I to do?”
“That boy,” he said. “I’ve done him ever favor I could. Some folks you can’t do nothing with. Just sorry. God knows I’ve done plenty of drinking and stuff in my time, but I be damn if I ever tried to cheat anybody out of any money.”
“When seventeenth-century Jesuit missionary Paul Le Jeune lectured a Montagnais Indian man about the dangers of the rampant infidelity he’d witnessed, Le Jeune received a lesson on proper parenthood in response. The missionary recalled, “I told him that it was not honorable for a woman to love any one else except her husband, and that this evil being among them, he himself was not sure that his son, who was there present, was his son. He replied, ‘Thou hast no sense. You French people love only your own children; but we all love all the children of our tribe.’”5”
“Uxuriousness may be the last refuge of the honest man,”
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