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
Worth the time
Not so much.
i enjoyed it but did not have an extreme reaction
Great surprise. It saved the book.
Emotion for each character.
John Grisham is as predictable as a Walt Disney movie.
I very much liked the story, where one could "do the right thing and the money would follow." But I think the character of David Zinc could be developed further - he is a little bit single dimensioned. And the character of Nadine Karros, a leading defense attorney, was a disaster. No one would have ever believed that she is a competent attorney except to take John Grisham's word for it. The repeated mentioning of her legs was just insulting. I think any female reader would be offended by the poor writing of this character despite a good book overall.
Yes. The pace was perfect.
Maybe. I don't think this is a big screen movie, but I will definitely order the DVD.
Although serious, I couldn't help but laugh at some of the characters situations and comments
Grisham's legal novels have come to be standard fare on my reading menu, when they come around every year or so. I expect a well laid out story with impeccable use of language throughout. Not too exciting, not too complicated, and generally not too many surprises. This story fall right into step with many of his others. However, it is written well enough that it engages the reader and certainly was not a waste of time. I listened to this book while travelling for about 12 hours and it filled the time nicely. Nothing too memorable in the long term, but certainly an entertaining read/listen.
I enjoyed this book and especially the interplay between the young attorney who quit his $300,000 job and takes a job with a couple of cheezy lawyers. I enjoyed the legal and personal interplay between the main character and the rest of the characters. I found myself laughing at what the ambulance chasing lawyers did but had this bemused grin as our Harvard attorney figures out who and what they are and where he fits.
I strongly recommend this book and believe that you will find it relaxing, entertaining, and enjoyable.
When the Harvard attorney realizes he needs to ask questions durinig litagation and scores some major points by basically making the VP looking devious and misleading.
I have not heard him before.
When the toy company president accepted responsibility for lead painted toys that caused brain damage without litagation and then when this same president apologized to the family at his funeral. That is the way a business should behave.
Johan Andolf från mölndal i Sverige.
Den liknar mycket han redan skirvit om lite olika former.
Uppläsningen var bra som vanligt men han är bättre i Child 44.
Bra historia men förutsägbar och Grisham har ju redan skivit flera liknande böcker. Boken är bra och det är alltid underhållade och spännade när Grisham skiver.
Yes. It is easy listening, well developed storyline, and you get to know the characters.
The re re rehabbed drinking law partner. He is someone we all know. John G. did not demonize him, but was real with the struggle the guy had and how it affected everyone.
Yes. He did not take away from the story at all. Very easy to listen to.
No. It was a pleasure to get back to it each time. I looked forward to listening to it.
This is not an edge of the seat page turner, but a really good read. Thanks again Mr.Grisham.
I have. Overall, I enjoyed his take on the far less glamorous side of law; Ambulance Chasing. True to his usual form, the main legal character ends up being a moral hero. Still, I found the book engaging and entertaining - I think John Grisham could write a book about sanding a desk and I would like it. Fun read.
One of the main story lines in the book is about a massive Tort case; it was interesting to read his take on one of the many ways these cases can be handled, so to speak.
I liked the scene where David joins the
This book did not really have many emotional aspects; it was mostly an entertaining read...
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