The Litigators Paperback – Large Print, Oct 25 2011
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“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
About the Author
JOHN GRISHAM is the author of twenty-three novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and two novels for young readers. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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A feel good book with an ending that will make you smile, and finally a book without blood and gore and people getting shot.Published 1 month ago by H. Cameron
What did I like about this book? In a nutshell: everything. :-)
Entertaining from the first page to the last. Read more
One of his best books. Holds your attention until your done and ready for the next one.Published 13 months ago by Janet Stewart
Hilarious! First time I actually felt sorry for lawyers. This book gave me insight into the challenges they face.Published 14 months ago by Awordsworth