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The Litigators | [John Grisham]

The Litigators

The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    wjgcz 01-07-12
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    I am a huge Grisham fan and I have read or listened to all of his books. While I liked this one, I found it to be very similar to his book


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    PETER WADE CINCINNATI, OH United States 01-03-12
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    Grisham's early novels were carefully crafted and very entertaining. However, his more recent tries have not had the same quality in my opinion. Lame plot and predictable ending.

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    Wayne Schulz Connecticut 01-02-12
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    "Held my interest throughout"
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    I enjoyed the pace and tone of this taped edition. The time flew and I enjoyed listening to all portions (beginning, middle and end).


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    Andy Spooner Loveland, OH 01-02-12
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    "Pretty good tale, following the Grisham format"

    In retrospect I would have rather re-listened to The Client or The Firm. But if you like the standard Grisham approach (young lawyer against all odds, with lots of "Inside Baseball" lawyering info) then this will work for you. Narrator was good.

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    "The murky world of pharmaceutical drug trials"

    This book kept me reading, non-stop. The story pits greed against social justice . Although it is fiction, I learned a lot about the murky world of pharmaceutical drug trials. I will want to read this book again at a later time.

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    M. L. Mixon Milwaukee, WI 12-31-11
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    "Thoroughly entertaining."
    Would you listen to The Litigators again? Why?

    John Grisham has delivered a fun read with The Litigators. I found the tone to be similar to The Testament, an earlier work by JG. Though not straight comedy there are several part that made me chuckle or just smile. I'll probably not listen to it again because of knowing the payoff but I do recommend the book.


    What other book might you compare The Litigators to and why?

    Character development again reminded me of The Testament. Memorable characters that you quickly begin to care about.


    What does Dennis Boutsikaris bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator's performance was better than average though I'd have liked more distinct voices for the characters.


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    If you like John Grisham you'll enjoy this book. I hadn't planned to listen to it all so quickly but I got hooked and simply went along for a fun ride.

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    Roland West Brookfield, MA, United States 12-29-11
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    "Had me not minding traffic....."

    This is one of the few audiobooks that had me looking forward to my commute home at night and not minding the traffic delays. A great and entertaining story.

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    This is one of the few audiobooks that had me looking forward to my commute home at night and not minding the traffic delays. A great and entertaining story.

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    Alma San Antonio, TX, United States 12-29-11
    Alma San Antonio, TX, United States 12-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book"

    Get hooked and you cant stop listening. My husband and i enjoyed listening together and apart then we would talk about it.

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    Muriel Newark, NJ, United States 12-27-11
    Muriel Newark, NJ, United States 12-27-11 Member Since 2010
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    "outstandingly well told !!"
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    ..absolutely loved the book ! The audio is much better than the print ! I find it not only unwise to read while driving but dangerous. So how do I get my 'Read' on? Case in point: I had an intense commute over this hectic Holiday season and a great book may have kept me sane ! I am sitting in the parking lot called ''route 22'' laughing at these nuts in my book and at these nuts on the road. thank you Mr Grisham can I call you John? I love your work and so does my son (and he hates everything just about ) . Teenagers arrrg. He and I are in negotiations on what book to listen to next. I call that a great problem..


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