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
Good narration, well written in Grisham style
I found the story so-so, I found the characters mostly uninspiring and somewhat depressing.
He brings the story to life, very appealing presentation of characters.
no, see above
That the big guys don't always win.
Not bad,but he mispronounced a few words...DesPlaines for example.
When David Zinc discovered the lead in the
Yes. Grisham is a great story teller.
When Dave is up front and honest with his partners.
The way honesty always pays.
Another grate storry by Grisham, I found this also rater funny in parts, and he can
keep the grip on the reader to the end, also a werry good job by
Architectural Photographer based in Florida
Can't recommend this novel. It had poorly constructed characters, along with a predictable and weak storyline.
Grisham can do no wrong in my eyes. I enjoyed the performance very much and loved the humor in the story. He cannot write fast enough for me. What a good movie this will make. What's next?
clear, intriguing, surprising
deciding to go for an all day binge and ending up in the law firm wanting to work there
after the year as trial partner, dissolving the partnership and going on his own
The Litigators is written very mechanically, with basically zero plot twists or surprises. The characters had elements of being interesting, and the book spent a lot of time developing their personalities but never plugged them in to an interesting story. As the story moved along I kept waiting for
Most disappointing was the lack of intrigue or suspense. The story is obvious and generic, the bones of which have been told a million times over (down-on-their-luck litigators stumble onto huge liability case against major corporation). Yet, even within this framework, Grisham could have added some turns or features to keep the reader on the edge of seat. The only reason I kept reading was because I kept thinking the twist was
The day he left the law practice
yes, he's great
yes the settlement of the lead case
I find fiction more enjoyable audibly in general. The actors/readers are usually quite good at the dialects and accents.
Even though a bit slimy, I thought Wally Fig was hilarious. David, of course, is the hero with real heart for others - especially the undeserving (Oscar & Wally!)
Absolutely. Not possible, though
I have enjoyed every book by John Grisham... obviously some better than others. This was fantastic. And I was glad for a happy ending for the hero. A fantastic listen. Like
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