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The Litigators Hardcover – October 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
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"The Litigators" is the first Grisham book I've had fun reading in a long time. I get the feeling he had fun writing this one. We meet grouchy Oscar Finley and plucky, unethical Wally Figg, partners at Finley & Figg. These are some humorous, annoying, even likable guys scraping to make a living through any client and situation possible. They're propped up a the tough secretary. They're bottom feeders. Along comes David Zinc, who can no longer stomach the hundred-hour work weeks at a legal firm where 600 other lawyers are employed. He goes off the rails, decides to check out one fine morning, and ends up drunk hours later on the steps at the ignoble Finley & Figg. Despite his recent bender, he's actually a guy who loves his wife, albeit not always well, and still retains some ethical and legal standards, since he's not yet stepped foot into a court or heard the way things go down between a rascally attorney and a leering judge.
With Finley & Figg adding Zinc to their recipe, the mixture bubbles over. Figg stumbles into a potentially huge torts lawsuit against a pharmaceutical manufacturer (while scraping for clients at a funeral home, no less), and he starts signing up other clients (ones who are alive, thank goodness).Read more ›
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!
You can read the plot elsewhere, but suffice to say unlike some of his recent efforts, this book not only keeps you interested right to the end, but provides a satisfactory ending that doesn't leave the reader feeling short-changed. Some recent Grisham books seem to spend a lot of time setting up the characters and the plot, and then end with a whimper. This breaks the trend.
I've got every one of Grisham's books and this one ranks in the top half-dozen. There was always the feeling of "just one more chapter before I put it down" which (let's be honest) can't always be said.
For those who've fallen out of love with Grisham, maybe give this one a try before you give up all together! Highly recommended.
I enjoyed this book on many levels. I work in Chicago for Litigators, not the low-level "boutique" firm of Finley and Figg but a mid-sized prominent defense firm which gave me an advantage in terms of legalese and the procedures. I could not identify with Oscar Finn, the aging attorney, who felt he wasted the last 30 years with this crummy practice or Wally Figg, a drunk who is chasing the big pot of gold and will pull almost anything to sign up a client. However, I have met many David Zinc's, the burnt-out bright attorney who knows he cannot stand one more 100 hour week of entering billable hours for his cold-hearted large firm.
Grisham recaptured the heroes of his earlier books in David Zinc. We first meet David when he is enduring a full-fledged panic attack, as he is about to begin another day at the Rogan Rothberg 600 attorney firm. After losing all control, David spends the rest of his soul-searching day in a neighborhood bar and later he drunkenly washes up at the doorstep of Finn & Figg. David teams up with these low-level guys and begins to learn their ropes and seizes the moment. He is a good man with a beautiful, smart wife, Helen. He does not cut corners and uses his own money to help and investigate a horrific injury to a Burmese boy. In this case, Grisham aims his anger at American toy companies who have bought Chinese toy manufacturers that apparently manufacture lead poisoning rather than safe toys.Read more ›
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This book was a bit formulaic and the ending was annoyingly predictable - too tidily wrapped up in the last 25% of the story. Read morePublished 4 days ago by M. Gross
Chose 4 stars instead of 5 because of the ending. Seemed that you were told a recap of everything instead of discovering the outcome yourselvesPublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer alprinc001
This book kept me in anticipation. Waiting for the next part of the story to unfold. I really liked itPublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book was a page turner, I couldn't put it down. It was very funny and interesting at the same time. I will recommend it to all my friends.Published 5 days ago by Evelyn Mirabella
I would give the writing a three and the entertainment value of the story of five . I needed to get away story and this really hit the spot.Published 5 days ago by Gtown
Good story. Moved along. Grisham is great writer. Not as good as earlier books but a very good story. Waiting for next book.Published 7 days ago by Jwhatti
Another enjoyable story from John Grisham. It would have appeal to both men and woman and is a good read from start to finish.Published 8 days ago by Julie Macdonald
How does he do it? Each book is better than the last, though I don't read them in any particular order. I really enjoyed the characters in this one.Published 8 days ago by Judith Long