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The Appeal | [John Grisham]

The Appeal

In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town's water supply, causing the worst "cancer cluster" in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it.
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Publisher's Summary

In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town's water supply, causing the worst "cancer cluster" in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it.

Who are the nine? How will they vote? Can one be replaced before the case is ultimately decided?

The chemical company is owned by a Wall Street predator named Carl Trudeau, and Mr. Trudeau is convinced the Court is not friendly enough. With judicial elections looming, he decides to try to purchase himself a seat on the Court. The cost is a few million dollars, a drop in the bucket for a billionaire like Mr. Trudeau. Through an intricate web of conspiracy and deceit, his political operatives recruit a young, unsuspecting candidate. They finance him, manipulate him, market him, and mold him into a potential Supreme Court justice. Their Supreme Court justice.

The Appeal is a powerful, timely, and shocking story of political and legal intrigue, a story that will leave listeners unable to think about our electoral process or judicial system in quite the same way ever again.

©2008 Belfry Holdings, Inc.; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

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    Stuart 02-27-08
    Stuart 02-27-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Not Bad"

    It certainly was not his best work, but was interesting how it was all put together. I found myself sitting in the car in the driveway listening for more. I was pleased.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline Denver, CO, USA 02-19-08
    Jacqueline Denver, CO, USA 02-19-08

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Not His Best"

    This was an interesting story, but clearly did not have the drama and human interest as his prior works. I couldn't become involved with the people enough to care about the outcome of the appeal.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L. Kirkman 02-16-08
    L. Kirkman 02-16-08
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    "Not the best audio book"

    The story is okay but the narrator is exceedingly annoying. His rendition of female and children's voices is just awful, I cringe every time a woman or child is talking. It would have been MUCH more enjoyable if it had two voices, one for the men and one for the women and children instead of the single one it has. I wouldn't recommend any book by this narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Derek Loganville, GA, United States 02-12-08
    Derek Loganville, GA, United States 02-12-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Enjoyable but way liberal!"

    Thankfully John Grisham has returned to the Mississippi-oriented legal thriller. The story is captivating and I always waiting for what would happen next. My biggest complaint with the book is liberal tone the book takes. To read this book, conservative businessmen are sleazy and money-grubbing, conservative politicians do nothing but play dirty tricks on the poor victimized moderates/liberals, businesses are not entitled to any representation of their interest in our system, and trial lawyers are selfless heroes only looking to do the right thing for their clients. Grisham conveniently creates cases where the 'right position' is clear cut, thus not allowing a legitimate exploration of the realities of political campaigns, tort law and big business. If you can get past the liberal-promoting tone, it is an enjoyable book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Vinton, VA, USA 02-11-08
    James Vinton, VA, USA 02-11-08
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    "Maybe it is time to put down the pencil"

    I have been a Grisham fan for years, but sadly his latest novels are a great disappointment and this is certainly no exception. This seems more like a novel meant to bash conservatives than to be entertaining. I honestly feel like I waisted 12 hours of my life over the past few weeks reading this novel and will sadly never get that time back. I hope Grisham does better next time, back to the days of The Brethern and The King of Torts.

    There sadly is no ending to this novel that could leave you satisfied, that is unless you enjoy stories with no ending. I truly think that, based on Grisham's last couple of novels, it is time to put down the pencil.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret North Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-14-08
    Margaret North Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-14-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Reality"

    I just finished this book. After reading most of the reviews so far, I am amazed that no one "gets it". There is no ending. The events in this story go on repeating themselves over and over. The rich get richer. The back room plotting and fixing that determine the candidate, his platform, and to whom he will appeal go on, bolstered by the 24 hour news cycle. Good people are harmed, some are compensated, all must cope. It is called life. This is the first review I have submitted.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    cheryl clemons wichita falls, texas United States 02-19-08
    cheryl clemons wichita falls, texas United States 02-19-08 Member Since 2007
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    "The Appeal"

    Not his best book. Pretty boring

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Lecanto, FL, USA 02-13-08
    Ron Lecanto, FL, USA 02-13-08
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    "unfulfilling"

    The Appeal; is a 4-star book with a 1-star ending... Actually it really doesn't have an ending, it leaves the reader wondering what may happen.
    The body of the book is good and has better character development than usual. The story line is quite believable and given the modern legal world - it is pretty much an expectation.
    What is annoying is that the book ends about 100 pages too soon.
    It is as if the author had a deadline to meet and just decided to say good enough. Well, it wasn't.


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    M. Terry 02-12-08
    M. Terry 02-12-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Terrible"

    At 9.95, I though this would be a bargain. Wow, was I wrong! Every character was a stereotype, every situation a cliche. Grisham made clear who you should hate and who you should love, but he did not develop the characters enough for you to care either way.

    I won't spoil anything, but you can save 12 hours of your life and just skip to his point. People are too ignorant to elect judges. Only panels of experts (who think like Grisham) should put judges on the bench. Those who know what's best for us must rise and save us from ourselves.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L. O. Miller 02-29-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Very revealing book"

    This book was not entertaining but rather a lesson on the corruption of our society by the conservative right wing and big corporations and how they manipulate the "little" people.

    Witness how we got into an immoral and illegal war in the middle east and how corporations have profited from it.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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