THE LITIGATORS is a tremendously entertaining romp, filled with the kind of courtroom strategies, theatrics and suspense that have made John Grisham the world's favourite storyteller.
The Partners at Finley & Figg - all two of them - often refer to themselves as "a boutique law firm." "Boutique," as in chic, selective and prosperous. They are, of course, none of these things. What they are is a two-bit operation always in search of their big break, ambulance chasers who've been in the trenches much too long making much too little. Their specialties, so to speak, are quickie divorces and DUIs, with the occasional jackpot of an actual car wreck thrown in. After twenty plus years together Oscar Finley and Wally Figg bicker like an old married couple, but somehow continue to scratch out a half-decent living from their seedy offices in southwest Chicago.
And then change comes their way. More accurately, it stumbles in. David Zinc, a young but already burned-out attorney, walks out of his fast-track career at a fancy downtown firm, goes on a serious bender and finds himself literally at the doorstep of our "boutique firm". Once David sobers up and comes to grips with the fact that he's suddenly unemployed, any job - even one with Finley & Figg - looks OK to him.
With their new junior partner on board, F&F are ready to tackle a really big case, a case that could make them rich without requiring them to actually practice much law. An extremely popular drug, Krayoxx , the no. 1 cholesterol reducer for the dangerously overweight, produced by Varrick Labs, a giant pharmaceutical company with annual sales of $25 billion, has recently come under fire as several patients taking it have suffered heart attacks. Wally smells money.
A little online research confirms Wally's suspicions - a huge plaintiff's firm in Florida is putting together a class action suit against Varrick. All Finley & Figg have to do is find a handful of people who had a heart attack while taking Krayoxx, convince them to become clients, join the class action, and ride along to fame and fortune. With any luck, they won't even have to enter a courtroom!
It almost seems too good to be true.
And it is.
About the Author
John Grisham is the author of twenty-three novels, one work of non-fiction, and one collection of short stories. His works are translated into thirty-eight languages. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.
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I have read a number of Grisham titles (all of them actually) and this is truely one of the best, it took a while to get moving but when you get into it the book is hard to put down.
Definately worth reccomending.
Praise for THE LITIGATORS: 'Grisham is brilliantly comic in a novel that is full of zest and brimming with memorable characters and rich storylines... The legal storylines are typically rich in social detail and instances of entertaining rascality... Away from his usual southern turf, Grisham is turned by Chicago into a more Dickensian writer, soft-hearted at times but predominantly funny... a brilliant comic set piece' The Sunday Times 'The Litigators is up there with the best of Grisham's 25 novels... vintage Grisham. [His] style is direct and the result is a superbly plotted legal thriller' Sunday Express 'The Litigators is a thrilling romp through the murky world of lawsuits and shysters - rich and poor. Packed with [Grisham's] signature twists and turns, not to mention lots of double-dealing, be careful if you're reading The Litigators on the bus, you may just miss your stop' Irish Independent '[A] snappy, well-turned novel...Grisham brings his usual nuanced understanding of tort law and civil jurisprudence' Washington Post A racy and clever read that will once again ensure Grisham fans feel they've got their money's worth Daily Telegraph (Australia) Praise for John Grisham: 'The best thriller writer alive' Ken Follett, Evening Standard His stories are ferociously plot driven: they will keep you awake all night Independent on Sunday 'If ever an author can be said to have mastered his subject matter it must be John Grisham. His lawyer-laden thrillers are breezily written, highlight his talent of making the mundane seem interesting and always impress in the translation of turgid legal procedures into tasty and telling stories...' Sun 'The Litigators has many John Grisham trademarks - pace, plotting, gently liberal politics - but this time there's humour, too. This thriller is raised well above the average by Grisham's affection for his characters, however morally compromised they are.' Mail on Sunday 'Entertaining... bitingly farcical' Publishers Weekly Grisham knows what he's doing. The book is crisply written (with some agreeably sly one-liners) and the narrative canters along. Andrew Taylor,The Spectator ...entirely gripping... Evening Standard 'The Litigators is Grisham at his very best, fast-paced, funny and packed with living and breathing characters that you'd love to share an after-court beer with. Set aside a weekend for this one, because you won't want to put it down'. Irish Examiner This is the master of the legal thriller at his best. You won't want to put it down! Press Association Grisham hasn't lost his deft touch. What a rollicking ride it turns out to be. Sunday Herald Sun 'Grisham almost single-handedly dragged the legal thriller back into the realms of popularity some 20 years ago and he is still capable of producing a good story... This is another enjoyable, briskly paced tale... There are plenty of twists and legal manoeuvring, a delightful cast of well-developed characters and some amusing set pieces and one-liners. Good fun and Grisham's best book...' The Canberra Times
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 25th October 2011
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.5 x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 1