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The Litigators: A Novel [Paperback]

John Grisham
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June 26 2012

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.

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“John Grisham is about as good a storyteller as we’ve got.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“Grisham holds up that same mirror to our age as Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities.”—The Boston Globe
 
“A mighty narrative talent.”—Chicago Sun-Times

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John Grisham is the author of twenty-four novels, including, most recently, Calico Joe; one work of nonfiction; a collection of stories; and a series for young readers. The recipient of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, he is also the chairman of the board of directors of the Mississippi Innocence Project at the University of Mississippi School of Law. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book Feb. 2 2012
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 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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3 of 3 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars THe Litigators Nov. 15 2012
Format: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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull and tedious Aug. 31 2012
By Nancy
Format:Paperback
Sorry but I found this book tedious and dull. The lawyers were lackluster in character and there seemed to be an endless amt of time to get to any kind of story. I was getting claustraphobic in their little office through much of the book. I love Grisham, have read everything of his but this one is dullsville. Skip it.
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4 of 5 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Terrific Read" Jan. 20 2012
Format:Hardcover
The Litigators Hard Copy Edition. A Book Club Read. We read The Litigators by John Grisham in a book club that I belong to. We loved everything about the story. And, believe you will enjoy it as much as we did.

"The Litigators," by talented writer John Grisham, is a page-turning read filled with the kind of courtroom suspense, stragies, and YES even courtroom theatrics that famed 'Perry Mason' would be proud of.

In my opinion, one of GRISHAM'S finest stories. This is one book that should be on everyone's "must read" list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A look into the life of the ambulance chasers.
John Grisham's The Litigators takes an interesting twist right near the beginning when an up and coming corporate lawyer simply runs away from his well paying job. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Brian George
5.0 out of 5 stars What a ride
Hard to root for the mass tort group, but this unlikely underdog team was awesome. Quick pace, comedy and tension throughout.
Published 1 month ago by Mealoaf
5.0 out of 5 stars True Grisham
Keeps you reading to the end. Great pace to the writing. Good character development as the author always does. Read more
Published 3 months ago by rar
1.0 out of 5 stars This is no Twilight saga
Imagine my surprise when I woke up this morning to find a penguin in my pajamas. How he got there I'll never know.
Published 4 months ago by Baggs McJungle
1.0 out of 5 stars My rating on The Litigators by John Grisham
Over the years I had heard about John Grisham's books. I thought I would try one of his most recent stories. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Edwin Warkentin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I have read alot of John Grisham's books. He's a great author with such well developed characters and fully thoughtout story lines. This book of his was one of my favourites. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Melanie E. Craig
4.0 out of 5 stars A Story with Nasty Teeth
One morning David Zinc walks out on his high-salary job with a high-pressure, high-profile Chicago law firm. Read more
Published 14 months ago by John M. Ford
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story as usual with Mr. Grisham
Good plot, fun characters and well written. Kept me turning pages all the way through. Looking forward to reading his next novel.
Published 14 months ago by Mr. Barry Munholland
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ
ANOTHER WINNER FOR MR GRISHAM, HE IS A GREAT WRITER IN THAT YOU CAN UNDERSTAND ALL THE FACTS. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS TO ALL
Published 15 months ago by DEANNA
3.0 out of 5 stars Tries to be funny and fails
The story isn't too bad: three ambulance-chasers get in over their heads after launching a class-action lawsuit against a pharmaceutical giant. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Richard McCallum
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