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Publisher's Summary

Politics has always been a dirty game. Now justice is, too.

In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town’s water supply, causing the worst 'cancer cluster' in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it.

Who are the nine? How will they vote? Can one be replaced before the case is ultimately decided?

The chemical company is owned by a Wall Street predator named Carl Trudeau, and Mr. Trudeau is convinced the Court is not friendly enough. With judicial elections looming, he decides to try to purchase himself a seat on the Court. The cost is a few million dollars, a drop in the bucket for a billionaire like Mr. Trudeau. Through an intricate web of conspiracy and deceit, his political operatives recruit a young, unsuspecting candidate. They finance him, manipulate him, market him, and mold him into a potential Supreme Court justice. Their Supreme Court justice.

The Appeal is a powerful, timely, and shocking story of political and legal intrigue, a story that will leave listeners unable to think about our electoral process or judicial system in quite the same way ever again.

©2008 Belfry Holdings, Inc. (P)2008 Random House, LLC

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"What he does so well is to people his plots with clearly defined characters... He makes it riveting." (Mirror)

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  • Chris
  • 01-29-16

Probably The Best Grisham Ever !

I rarely write reviews as my opinions are not that useful ( my wife says ) but on this occasion and for this book , I felt I should .

Grisham is a wonderful storyteller and his usage of allegory within the prose , is seemingly a prophetic nod to current day events in Flint, Michigan .

The narrator is one of those wonderful speakers who manages to change his voice pattern, cadence and tone to match the mood of each individual character . Simply sublime .

I loved this book. I made excuses to drive to the shops just to keep listening . It has a strong political message and yet Grisham manages to avoid sounding preachy .

Please listen to it. You WILL love it...

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  • Chris Thomas
  • 06-07-15

Superb

Thought provoking and disturbing to see how legitimate democracy can be corrupted. Thought provokingly brilliant.

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  • Andrea Bell
  • 05-22-15

Food for thoughts

Different angles on a highly controversial topic. Ego vs ethics.
Are today's super rich emotionally bankrupt? I enjoyed the story and the performance of the reader was very good.

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  • Kevin
  • 05-30-17

Beautifully crafted and wonderfully told!

The detail woven into the story makes this a compelling listen. Michael Beck is a wonderfully skilled narrator with pitch perfect delivery.

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  • Wild Strawberry
  • 07-09-16

Damp Squib !!

What would have made The Appeal better?

not written such a dull and boring storyline.

What could John Grisham have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I have no idea

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Beck?

Narration was good

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

Any additional comments?

Have listened to a lot of Grisham books, and enjoyed them, but this was dire !

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  • Ben Starkey
  • 02-09-16

Oh dear

Why is this so dull??? How does anyone create anything so dull??? I don't have the answers!

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  • David
  • 01-21-16

A must listen could not stop

Captivating. One of his best ....superbly constructed and orchestrated. I wish it was even longer

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  • David Ottaway
  • 12-13-15

Classic Grisham

This is a classic Grisham. Big corporation vs small individual legal case. Injustice is clear and the story romps along. One has to suspend disbelief slightly and there is a particular liberty taken with one plot twist that felt overly contrived. Would recommend as in the end it was an enjoyable read for someone who enjoys a good Grisham novel.

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  • D. Micklewright
  • 09-08-15

Realistic perhaps, but not satisfying

I like my fiction to pretend that the world is a slightly fairer and more just place than it really is. I take satisfaction from stories where the 'bad guys' ultimately get what they deserve and what's right and proper prevails. Without giving away any specifics, this story let me down in this regard.

It is however well written, though perhaps not quite as compelling as some of Grisham's other stories largely due to the ensemble nature of the characters.