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5.0 out of 5 stars Another blah title, another excellent legal thriller!, October 25, 2011
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This review is from: The Litigators (Hardcover)
Without the Compelling economic and political sidelights of the excellent Chaos and Kingdom, The Litigators is by far one of the best from one of the greatest legal thriller writers of all time. In his latest installment, Grisham introduces a quarter-life crisis uptown lawyer who's found new energy in an ratty-tatty ambulance-chaser law firm in the wrong part of town. There are a lot of problems with this struggling firm, not the least of which is they don't have enough money to even purchase an "¿Accidentes?" billboard.

Their opportunity comes in the form of a class action lawsuit against a big Pharma company who's latest cholesterol drug is killing people (maybe). What ensues is a compelling struggle to uncover the truth in an balanced tale that addresses the pros and cons of corporate and legal America. Grisham brings the story full circle when the protagonist and his rag-tag bunch of litigators take the class action all the way to the supreme court and face off against a legal team led by the same company the protagonist left.

If you had given up on Grisham recently, this might be a good book to get back into his work. It's a unique take on the legal thriller and a well-crafted story. Highly recommended!
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Initial post: Oct 25, 2011 12:09:51 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 25, 2011 12:11:47 PM PDT
I have been so disappointed with Grisham's last few books. I believe the last one I read was "The Confession." I was so bored throughout the book. Does "Litagators" have a good ending or did Grisham fall short again on the plot?

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 5:12:37 AM PDT
M. Skindell says:
Another push for the book Chaos and Kingdom in this review...odd

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 5:24:08 PM PDT
I'm always on the lookout for new books to read, so I'll give 'Chaos and Kingdom' a try.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2011 6:25:18 PM PDT
shadow31071 says:
I thoroughly enjoyed The Litigators and it has a lot of humor threaded through out the story, the characters while not always likable were still entertaining and the ending is excellent.

Posted on Nov 1, 2011 7:20:38 PM PDT
Lex Loci says:
Even at his not so great, Grisham is excellent, and better than most. I do feel with this one that he's still pretty far away from the early books. They just don't have the fire in the belly feel of A Time to Kill, The Firm, or The Chamber. At least not to me. And as a lawyer who works in a "downton law firm" I don't think Grisham has ever really gotten that right in any of his books, probably because he never had any experiance in that kind of firm. Kind of like some other commenters in other threads have said about the descriptions of Chicago in this book. They just don't ring true.

One recent legal thriller I read that did get the big law firm expereince right is Follow the Money I really thought that was a great book, for what it's worth. But despite the flaws in The Litigators, I think Grisham still has it and I'm already looking forward to his next one.

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 9:15:13 PM PST
LBG_Mom says:
Thanks Suz,

I had given up on Grishman over the last few years but I've been reading his books since I was in high school and I have been tempted to give him another chance to win me back. Your insightful comments have convinced me to buy this book. Wish me luck :)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2012 4:30:21 PM PST
A. Collinson says:
He fell extremely short again on the plot.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2012 12:03:50 PM PST
Mohan Shetty says:
There's no plot or suspense. But a whole different book. Simple story, three small-firm lawyers with no trail experience in federal court go against multi-billior dollar pharmacy. Funny characters and the book will be a fast read and funny.This will be a better read than 'The Confession'.
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