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...
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I have rarely read a book in which I could care less about the main character. This is truly one of the worst books I have ever listened to or read. Don't waste your money or your time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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