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 way 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 bungalow 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 away from 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 okay to him.
With their new associate on board, F&F is ready to tackle a really big case, a case that could make the partners rich without requiring them to actually practice much law. An extremely popular drug, Krayoxx, the number one 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 after several patients taking it have suffered heart attacks. Wally smells money.
A little online research confirms Wally’s suspicions—a huge plaintiffs’ firm in Florida is putting together a class action suit against Varrick. All Finley & Figg has to do is find a handful of people who have had heart attacks 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.
©2011 John Grisham (P)2011 Random House
I am a young-executive with a voracious appetite for great stories. I read and listen constantly, and am very proud of my book collection.
Grisham did a great job with this, as it felt real and was quite thrilling. I am sick of stories requiring hyperbole in the level of violence when the small hero tangles with the large multi-national. This book was about right versus wrong, and it was a battle of whit not some obscure unrealistic game of espionage.
I strongly recommend this to anyone who wants a book grounded in human issues, and told in a way that allows the reader to own the characters emotions.
First, go back and read Patricia's review... right on Patricia. Seldom do we find someone as honest and deep in writing a review. I only wish I had read her review before investing a credit in this diatribe.
Everything was lame... the story never took off... just another worthless tort case. How did the author come up with the title "The Litigators"... it took over half of the book to determine what they are trying to do. A better title would have been "The Bumblers".
Bad... bad... bad. There is nothing I can say good about this. I have loved all of JG's books, but he really rushed this out the door. Is this what we can expect from now on? I will be more careful before I waste another credit.
Maybe Grisham needed some comic relief following The Confession. I hope this is not the beginning of a downward spiral by an excellent author. This book is corny, predictable, and weak. I'm not finished with Part 1 and am not sure I'll waste my time on Part 2. Grisham has been among my favorite authors. I'd hate to see him loosing his edge. The reader does a good job - it's just the story that fails.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-year-old daughter.
This story was a mixture of comedy, tragedy, success, failure and good versus evil. Sometimes it was hard to separate the good from the evil as I found myself alternately rooting for the plaintiffs and the defendants. The characters were real, if not stereotypical. The protagonist was likable enough and helped bring together a number of subplots. The plot was predictable although there were a number of equally plausible conclusions to pick from. There were really no surprises. This wasn't Grisham's best work but I found it an easy and enjoyable listen. I think most Grisham fans will too.
Grisham's early books were so good that I have remained a fan even though I feel the quality has fallen off quite a bit. I enjoyed this book but there was certainly never any suspense. It was interesting more for the information about litigation lawyers. I wish Grisham would write another book like "The Firm" or "The Pelican Brief". Still I felt this was worth the credit and it kept me listening. However the final wrap-up seemed very contrived.
Say something about yourself!I Retired from US Army after being severely injured. Silver lining is so much time to read/listen to books!
Have been disappointed with some of Grisham's latest work. The firm in my opinion was his first and best although there were many other very good works after that. The Litigators was one of the rare ones I listened to straight through, excellent story of the underdog winning, story, narration all perfect!!
one of the best he has writen in a long long time. The reader has a great voice and a good story..
"The Litigators" might be compared in tone to another Grisham novel "The Testament".
As might be expected, there are elements of courtroom drama, but we spend only a nominal amount of time there. The narrative more often converges around a young lawyer sidestepping a career in a big faceless law practice, in favor of the small-time litigation (and having a life).
There are multiple story lines that intertwine, and in the end they are all resolved.
I guess I'm a baby...I just love to be read to.
This is middle of the road Grisham but still worth the listen especially if you live in Chicago. Always fun to read a book set in your city.
After several so-so novels and experimenting with different premises, Grisham has returned to his forte, and again excels in courtroom drama. As you would expect, you get an inside and sometimes disturbing peek into the wheels of justice. It was a novel plot and good characterizations--a winner.
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