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The Litigators - Limited Edition Hardcover – November 22, 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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"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). In his enthusiasm, he drags along Zinc and senior partner Finley, eventually landing their tiny firm in court against a formidable armada of attorneys.
As I whipped through the pages, I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion--and for all the right reasons this time. Grisham gives us some great characters, three-dimensional, likable, understandable, despicable, and everything in between. This is the Grisham I remember, one who was passionate, even fiery, but who also loved people and never forgot they were the driving force in his stories. Something has shifted. That fire is back. And this is easily my favorite Grisham in years.
The good things about this book are its humor and the character of David Zinc. Not just that he is a character in the book, but his show of integrity and intelligence, and his willingness to walk away from a huge law firm with hundreds of lawyers who spend 80 hours a week billing by the hour. About halfway through the book, it picks up a little speed, but it never gets to the usual page-turning tension and suspense that Grisham's other books have done.
Finley and Figg are laughable, as they are intended to be, with their "boutique law firm" that is almost, but not quite, a real law firm. Finley and Figg are literal ambulance chasers and are lucky to be making five-figure incomes. They never see the inside of a courtroom and hope they never do.
Once Figg finds out about the drug Krayoxx, a cholesterol reducer that has been linked to heart attacks, he goes on a mission to find people affected by the drug and hopes to join a class action suit against the pharmaceutical company that makes it. From there on out I thought the book got lost in and bogged down with lawyers, patients, and back and forth phone calls among all of them. Then the defense team steps in and they have to be kept track of, as well. The writing just wasn't as clear as in previous books.
I certainly won't say that I won't read the next Grisham novel, because I will. I've always loved John Grisham's books and look forward to each one. This one just wasn't my cup of tea or my dose of Krayoxx.
Without going into a lot of detail, The Litigators involves the law firm of Finley & Finn, a seedy operation that for the past twenty years or so has specialized in quickie divorces, DUIs and, of course, auto accidents; and is constantly on the lookout for the case that will change their lives. This change starts to come about when a young, Harvard-educated lawyer burned out from his high-paying job at a major law firm stumbles -- literally stumbles -- into the firm of Finley & Figg.
I won't say more about the plot, which can be learned about from the Book Description page above. I just want to leave you with the opinion that The Litigators is filled with the kind of interesting characters, courtroom strategies, theatrics, humor and surprises readers have come to expect from Grisham when he is at the top of his game.