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 Belfry Holdings, Inc. (P)2011 Random House
I enjoyed this Grisham novel as he had some interesting characters and their development was good. A goody-two shoes lawyer among the ambulance chasers, was an interesting dynamic. The story kept me listening, a few drags now and then, but mostly kept me interested. It wasn't suspenseful, which keeps you hanging on to the story more, as some of his other novels have been. Good examples of greed and the amount of money spent on litigation and litigation-avoidance. I am not sure how accurate the picture is of the money spent by the big pharmaceutical companies, but I am sure he is close. Makes one angry to know that is often where the resources go. Enjoy!
If you're looking for the usual great John Grisham book, you're going to be sadly disappointed, but you will be listening to a fairly good book. At times it's funny, other times it's said and sometimes it just makes you downright mad. I'm not sure I'd recommend this book to a friend, I have others that I'd recommend first, but if you're the kind of person that listens/reads every John Grisham book that comes out, then you do need to get this one too. You won't be completely unhappy that you did. Plus Dennis Boutsikaris is as always a great reader.
The John Grisham of old. The story lacks any significant plot twists or action sequences found in earlier books like The Firm or Pelican Brief.
I have started Stephen King's latest book. I am really enjoying it so far.
It was a good storyline and and kept ones attention. All likeable characters and enjoyed the midwest/Chicago area references and the medical legal story. However, the reader totally missed the midwestern accents on Wally and Oscar! He made them sound like "New Yorkers" with the silent "r's" in their speech. i.e pak (park). It was most annoying, as I am from the midwest and know the accent well and live in Florida where all you hear are New York accents!.
Yes. I listen to many audiobooks and rarely get to the end of one. This story at least maintained my interest until the end.
good, no shocking twists but good enough
Yes, the narration was engaging.
If I could've listened to it in one sitting, I would have. I was so into the story that I hated to stop it. In the end, I listened to it in two sittings and it took me back to Grisham's early books that I loved so much. Nobody writes legal thrillers like he does and I couldn't get enough of it! The narrator did an excellent job, but it was over much too soon.
Grisham does it again!
Grisham did a masterful job of character development and the reader did a wonderful job of depicting each.
Worth the time
Not so much.
i enjoyed it but did not have an extreme reaction
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