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The Litigators [Kindle Edition]

John Grisham
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PRAISE FOR THE CONFESSION

“Brilliant . . . Superb . . . the kind of grab-a-reader-by-the-shoulders suspense story that demands to be inhaled as quickly as possible.” —Washington Post

“One of Grisham’s best efforts in many seasons . . . a rous­ing return to his dexterous good-guy-faces-corrupt-system storytelling.” —People magazine

“Packed with tension, legal roadblocks, and shocking rev­elations.” —USA Today

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The partners at Finley & Figg often refer to themselves as a “boutique law firm.” Boutique, as in chic, selective, and prosperous. Oscar Finley and Wally Figg are none of these things. They are a two-bit operation of ambulance chasers who bicker like an old married couple. Until change comes their way—or, more accurately, stumbles in. After leaving a fast-track career and going on a serious bender, David Zinc is sober, unemployed, and desperate enough to take a job at Finley & Figg.
 
Now the firm is ready to tackle a case that could make the partners rich—without requiring them to actually practice much law. A class action suit has been brought against Varrick Labs, a pharmaceutical giant with annual sales of $25 billion, alleging that Krayoxx, its most popular drug, causes heart attacks. Wally smells money. All Finley & Figg has to do is find a handful of Krayoxx users to join the suit. It almost seems too good to be true . . . and it is.

Includes an excerpt of John Grisham’s Calico Joe and a special preview of his upcoming novel The Racketeer .

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
"Better is the poor who walks in his integrity
Than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich." -- Proverbs 28:6 (NKJV)

John Grisham takes readers on a humorous tour of what street lawyers (aka "ambulance chasers") do. He wisely chooses three different characters with wildly different motives and talents to make cautionary points for anyone thinking of hiring a lawyer at little or no cost. I thought it was Mr. Grisham's funniest book by a wide margin. My wife (who isn't a lawyer) saw little humor in it . . . but liked the story anyway.

You'll also get a great inside look at what small-time lawyers think about on a daily basis.

For the public, the book's big shocker may be realizing how little experience most lawyers have in litigation.

As always, Mr. Grisham does offer hope through redemption.

Bravo!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book Feb. 2 2012
By D. Paine TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This is the second book by Grisham I have ever read because his stuff doesn't normally interest me but this book caught my attention and it was well worth reading. At times it was amusing (David running away from a high paying job to work with "has beens" and enjoying life while doing it). This book really proves that money isn't everything. I rate this book 5 stars because I plan on reading it again in a few years. I also recommend reading "The Testament" by John Grisham (I have read that book more than once).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars THe Litigators Nov. 15 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've read every novel that Grisham has ever written and except for Playing for Pizza that is just a horrible book, I've liked all the others to various degrees; I like the lawyers' world Grisham sets his books in and the intrigues that he puts them through. But The Litigators is boring and confusing; there are so many characters and plots and sub-plots playing together that the novel ends up being just a maze of names and actions that he can't seem to pull together. I'm more than halfway through the book and that's it, I'm putting it down. I no longer care what will happen to the characters and how the intrigues will be resolved, I just want it to end. And I'm ending the novel myself this way instead of letting Grisham take me through another hundred pages of confusion. I very seldom not finish a book but this one is not worth my time!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Grisham with more humour than usual June 1 2012
Format:Hardcover
Having read most of John Grisham's novels, it wasn't surprising that this novel was true to form and an easy read. What was surprising was how humourous this book was relative to some of his others. The characters are real "characters" and, while there are certainly serious and touching story lines, there's a nice injection of lighter moments. A great book to take on vacation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Story with Nasty Teeth Feb. 23 2013
By John M. Ford TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
One morning David Zinc walks out on his high-salary job with a high-pressure, high-profile Chicago law firm. He spends the day drinking and somehow ends up at the south-side office of Finley and Figg. He accepts a job as the firm's third attorney and, once he sobers up, decides to keep it. David adapts to a new practice of chasing ambulances, refereeing divorces, and drafting wills. And he is home for dinner with his family most nights.

David's new employers expect an easy win as minor players in a mass tort suit against drug manufactuer Varrick Labs. Krayoxx, one of Varrick's cholesterol drugs, has been linked to several deaths from weakened cardiac muscles. As they eagerly enter the fray, they begin counting--and spending--the anticipated settlement money. It doesn't quite work out that way and David ends up first-chairing an increasingly-desperate courtroom battle against his former law firm. It goes on from there.

Lighter than most Grisham tales, this story has some clever and amusing twists. A few characters turn out to be a little nicer than you expect. There are some well-written bad guys, too. And there's the signature Grisham theme of the little guy ignoring the call of the dollar to mix it up with the big guy's well-financed legal talent.

My daughter and I listened to the audio edition of this book during several weeks of car rides to high school, the gym, and the library. Katie and I both enjoyed her first Grisham book. We've since moved on to The Rainmaker. No regrets about the time spent with either of them.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!! Nov. 11 2011
By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Well, I had great plans to jot down some notes and quotes to share with you about John Grisham's newest book - The Litigators. Yeah, that didn't happen.... because it ended up being a non stop read for me - I picked it up on a Sunday morning and turned the last page late (late) that night.

I was hooked from the opening pages. David Zinc has toiled away at a prestigious law firm in relative obscurity for the last five years. Until the morning he realizes he can't do it anymore and walks away. And lands at the firm of Finley & Figg - ambulance chasers, divorce court specialists and anything else they can make a buck at. Although Wally and Oscar refer to the office as a 'boutique firm', they are anything but - Wally has just placed an ad for the firm on local bingo hall cards.

When Wally gets wind of a potentially big case involving a big name cholesterol drug. It seems folks taking it are suffering heart damage and even death. If they can find a few cases of their own and ride on the coat tails of the big players in a mass claim action suit, they could all be rich. It seems simple enough......and that's enough of the plot given away.

What made The Litigators a non stop read? The characters for sure. Wally and Oscar's tactics are cringe worthy, their actions walk a fine line between working for the law and breaking it, but you just can't help rooting for them in this David and Goliath fight. David is eminently likable as well. He is sense and reason, but with a new found freedom since escaping the big firm drudgery.The personal storyline involving his wife Helen also added much to the book.

It seems like Grisham has a lot of fun writing The Litigators - there is a sly sense of humour underlying the entire book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT BOOK
Published 2 months ago by Terry Downey
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best books. Holds your attention until your done and ...
One of his best books. Holds your attention until your done and ready for the next one.
Published 7 months ago by Janet Stewart
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! First time I actually felt sorry for lawyers ...
Hilarious! First time I actually felt sorry for lawyers. This book gave me insight into the challenges they face.
Published 8 months ago by Awordsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always a favorite author
Published 9 months ago by mars1887
5.0 out of 5 stars Good service.
Item as described. Good service.
Published 11 months ago by Shams Tejani
4.0 out of 5 stars The Litigators
Excellent reading, especially if you are at all interested in legal matters and lawyers in general.
Many overlapping events and issues that keep your interest.
Published 12 months ago by R. Masters
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really enjoyed the book!
Published 13 months ago by Sam A Foti
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellenr!
One of the best ones I have read by John Grisham. He never disappoints. Can't wait to read his next one.
Published 13 months ago by SusanHeim
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
great writing a little slow to start but has a very interesting story line . it held my attention all the way to the end. loved the ending
Published 14 months ago by Do
3.0 out of 5 stars Class action lawsuits seem a waste of time.
It took me a long time to understand what the heck I was reading. Book really didn't grab me, happy to reach the end. Read more
Published 15 months ago by John Wiley
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