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
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
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.
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