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- Publisher: Hardcover (February 29, 2008)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004RPRJBW
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,098 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,432,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By John Grisham: The Appeal Unknown Binding – February 29, 2008
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Essentially a sordid tale of big business and politics vs. big verdicts and class action lawsuits, it begins nicely, and gathers steam, then proceeds to continue blowing hot air at the reader until the unsatisfactory quickie ending.
While there's some food for thought regarding how the legal, political, religious and business arenas may all be connected, there's more garnish than meat in a story which could have been cut by about 100 pages of the filler, and sweetened with about 50 more pages of conclusion for dessert.
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS)
1. Large company dumps chemicals in rural community
2. Water changes color
3. People get sick
4. Some die
5. Small law firm files lawsuit
6. Large verdict awarded
7. Big business takes over
8. Money talks
9. Once again, Grisham gets tired of his own rambling and wraps up story in indecent haste leaving most of his ends dangling
10. His ends aren't pretty
I'd like to sue for 50% of my money back, plus loss of productive time, legal costs and mental trauma, and also for punitive damages, but I guess I'd lose on appeal.
Rated: 2.5 stars for half of a good book
The Innocent Man
Amanda Richards, March 21, 2008
The plot has been described by others. My issue with this effort is that everybody was predictable. The good folks were perfect. Plaintiff lawyers who will bankrupt themselves for a case they believe in. Not like many plaintiff lawyers who I have run into. The company and its owners are completely bad. When a character such as the general counsel of the company looks to be a little interesting he is ignored.
Grisham in my view has always had the ability to develop believable characters who were interesting. All the leading characters in this book were boring and too much of a stereotype.
The story centers on a small Mississippi law firm who wins a big verdict over a chemical giant, Krane, that has spread carcinogenic pollutants. Krane, fearful that this verdict, if not overturned, would set a precedent that would eventually destroy it, goes into action. It files an appeal that will find its way to the state supreme court, and hires a "dirty tricks" firm to unseat a sitting justice believe to be unfriendly. This is a viable strategy since Mississippi elects their Supreme Court justices and 69% of its voters know little about the court's candidates.
The "Appeal" provides a believable primer on how to rig an election - pick a victim; promote an unknown candidate with no visible record; and ambush the victim by painting him/her as a extreme ideologue (this liberal judge will destroy the family). Done well...and the election process is subverted.
This is Grisham's thirteenth legal thriller since "A Time to Kill" which was published in 1989. He has been a master at putting urgent moral issues on center stage for all to consider. He has succeeded again in "The Appeal."
I wanted to like this story, but I felt the good guy characters-particularly the attorneys -(the Paytons), were annoying. They were a little too perfect, a little too altruistic... It was very saccharine. The Paytons were both such Mary Sue's I didn't identify with them at all. Ironically, I liked the antics of the evil villains more because at least their plots and plans were entertaining.
Overall this was a decent book, but I found the simplistic character development aggravating.
With the arrival of "The Appeal," I once again let my hopes soar. I heard some good feedback from a bookstore owner. I bought the book, and--to my thorough amazement--breezed through the first hundred pages in one sitting. The old Grisham was back, I told myself. This might be one of his best in years. All the pieces were in place for a great story.
Although "The Appeal" is nothing original, I was hooked by Grisham's portrayal of David and Goliath characters. The giant: Carl Trudeau, owner of a company that has illegally dumped chemicals into Mississippi waters and earth, resulting in cancer, leukemia, and the lost lives of many local townspeople. The midget: Payton & Payton, a law team of husband and wife who have risked everything to bring about justice. Grisham paints both protagonists and his antagonist with skill and empathy. Trudeau and his shallow trophy-wife were the villains you love to hate. I kept turning the pages.
As usual, Grisham takes issue with something in our legal system and makes a moral or political point. Here, he mixes familiar ingredients from "The Firm" (manipulation), rants from "The Chamber" (capital punishment), and bits from "The King of Torts" (huge settlements).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found it pretty boring, more like reading a newspaper article than a work of fiction. I guess I expected more excitement. Did not really close out all characters well.Published 8 hours ago by Heather
I love John Grisham books One reason is they always have a happy ending. This book did not therefore I did not like the ending of this book. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Beezoo
I kept hoping for a fair verdict and that justice would be done. Unfortunately politics, greed and downright illegal activity was ramped in this book. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
The last chapters dragged on and on. Couldn't wait to finish it.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
This could just as easily be set in Flint, Michigan instead of Mississippi. A terrifying look at what happens or can happen when our judges are elected.Published 12 days ago by Mary J. Davis
Entertaining read, but somewhat anti-climactic at the end. Demonstrates some interesting dynamics in US politics worth keeping in mind when you cast your next vote!Published 14 days ago by Peter Steiger