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The King of Torts | [John Grisham]

The King of Torts

As Clay Carter digs into the background of his client, a young man charged with a random street killing, he suddenly finds himself in the middle of a complex case against one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, looking at the kind of enormous settlement that would totally change his life - that would make him, almost overnight, the legal profession's newest king of torts...
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Publisher's Summary

The office of the public defender is not known as a training ground for bright young litigators. Clay Carter has been there too long, and, like most of his colleagues, dreams of a better job in a real firm. When he reluctantly takes the case of a young man charged with a random street killing, he assumes it is just another of the many senseless murders that hit D.C. every week.

As he digs into the background of his client, Clay stumbles on a conspiracy too horrible to believe. He suddenly finds himself in the middle of a complex case against one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, looking at the kind of enormous settlement that would totally change his life - that would make him, almost overnight, the legal profession's newest king of torts...

©2003 Belfry Holdings, Inc.; (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House, Inc.

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    Stephen 05-26-09
    Stephen 05-26-09
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    "Solid Grisham Story"

    I somehow missed this book when it first came out and but was very happy to recently find it. I have been disappointed with the more recent Grisham stories but this ealier work is a good example of why I have been a Grisham fan for some time. The story was good; you wanted to know what happens to the main character and it provided a window into the interesting, albeit disturbing, world of mass torts (class action suits). The story involves the meteoric rise and fall of a young lawyer into the mass torts arena. Can there be any 'lower' profession than being a mass tort lawyer? How is it we end up with a system where lawyers can make millions on the suffering of client who will only get fraction of what the lawyers get. The lawyer's rise is based on 'insider' information from a character who just appears at the beginning of the story and just as rapidly disappears at the end. The lawyer is not particularly likable but your curiosity will probably make you want to know what happens to his cases, if not exactly what happens to him. I did not feel bad at the end of the story when his fall was as rapid as his descent. The decisions of the lawyer become less logical as the story goes on and it is had to believe that anyone would stick with his plan for as long as he did. The story raps up a little too conveniently at the end but was overall, an enjoyable read. If you like Grisham, you will like this book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce 10-02-03
    Bruce 10-02-03
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    "king of torts"

    This book was just NOT up to Grisham's standards. The main character lacked a personality. The entire plot was too far fetched. It was as if Grishman had to get a next book on the shelf and simply wrote anything. Too many other good books in the library to waste time on this one.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Brown Water Sailor Harpers Ferry, WV 02-18-06
    Brown Water Sailor Harpers Ferry, WV 02-18-06 Member Since 2005

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    "The King of Torts"

    Very interesting and educational. The story seems to draw you in to the web that is built by the main character in such a way that you almost become the King of Torts yourself.

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    Tim Fremont, NE, United States 01-11-06
    Tim Fremont, NE, United States 01-11-06 Member Since 2014

    Computer Programmer and Worship Leader. Have enjoyed reading since my mom got me hooked on Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie prior to my teen years. My brother got me hooked on audio books after I started having a longer commute to work. Love a variety of genres.

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    "Excellent Book - Excellent Reader!"

    Wow! This is my 3rd Grisham book, and it was hard to put this one down. The story line is very compelling and it should unsettle us greatly if stories like this are even close to being true!

    In contrast with some of the other reviewers, I thought the characters were developed well and the book was balanced in terms of "action" and character development. I did not find the ending to be a letdown, but it was somewhat different than I expected (which can point to an author not being too predictable).

    On top of being a great book, the reader was absolutely excellent - probably one of the best 10 audiobooks I've read as far as the narrator goes. He does a great job of doing dialects (deep south, African-American, Russian, etc..). The characters really seemed more "real", the way he read them.

    No complaints from me here - well worth the time and money!

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    Janet Ganado, TX, USA 12-27-05
    Janet Ganado, TX, USA 12-27-05
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    "Good Book"

    enjoyed hearing this one. It was my first audible book.

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    Ricardo TALLAHASSEE, FL, USA 06-21-05
    Ricardo TALLAHASSEE, FL, USA 06-21-05
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    "Nothin' but Yappin'"

    What a boring book! And an even worse ending! The theme is classic, but perhaps too classic.

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    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 02-03-05
    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 02-03-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Another John Grisham"

    Grisham does it again - another great book for the fans of the law mystery. Holds your interest thoughout the story, makes you feel how hard the decisions to be made are. Left me with a "What would I do" question in my head.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-01-05 Member Since 2014
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    "Learn about law"

    I found the King of Torts not to be a great novel but an interesting learning experience on Tort law. This made the recent campaign issue on liability law more relevant. Good character development, although somewhat trite.

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    M.W. SW USA 02-17-04
    M.W. SW USA 02-17-04 Member Since 2009
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    "Average for Grisham"

    I've read pretty much everything Grisham has written, and this one gets an "average" from me. That said, if you think mass tort lawyers are a smarmy bunch, then you'll probably enjoy this book, as it certainly reinforces that notion. I enjoyed this book.

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    John Riggs Sebring Florida 02-05-04
    John Riggs Sebring Florida 02-05-04 Listener Since 2002

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    "Southern Treachery"

    For all of you out there who may believe Southerns are somewhat slow and/or dim witted, this Grisham story may offer you food for thought. Michael Beck, with his charming southern accent, will pull you into this one, and you will be unable to put this book down. Grisham lovers just have to have this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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