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"The Appeal is [Grisham's] 20th novel, and it's as angry, dark and urgent a piece of social realism as you're likely to find on the bestseller lists any time soon....It's a fascinating narrative, filled with deadly accurate characterizations by an author who knows both the law and politics from the inside. The problem, as with all Grisham's fiction, is that it's egregiously written." Tim Rutten, The Los Angeles Times (read the entire Los Angeles Times review)

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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 readers unable to think about our electoral process or judicial system in quite the same way ever again.

Review:

"With 'The Broker' and now 'The Appeal,' John Grisham seems to be enlarging his fictional niche, focusing on hard-hitting, reality-based courtroom melodramas in which the message takes center stage. Despite cardboard characters and broad sweeps of malevolent action from Big Business, an affecting moral comes through in 'The Appeal.' It reads like a long, engaging and sad fable.

The... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"[An] entertaining page-turner that...yearns for justice. Who knew that the mega-best-selling Grisham wanted to be a moralist." Boston Globe

Review:

"Building a remarkable degree of suspense into the all too familiar ploys described here, Mr. Grisham delivers his savviest book in years....What works for Mr. Grisham is his patient, lawyerly, inexorable way of dramatizing urgent moral issues." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Review:

"There's no thrill in this thriller, but that's not a bad thing. There's a more meditative quality, yet the novel still packs a wallop....More than a novel, The Appeal is an exposé of how highly organized special-interest groups, loaded with cash, can manipulate the judicial system." USA Today

Review:

"Despite cardboard characters and broad sweeps of malevolent action from Big Business, an affecting moral comes through in The Appeal. It reads like a long, engaging and sad fable." The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"Grisham illustrates the dangers of such a system with a clever story and thoughtful plot. Of course, much of what makes Grisham's writing so predictable remains — the bad guys are stereotyped to the point of absurdity." Seattle Times

Review:

"Grisham tells the story in his rat-a-tat, almost journalistic style, which is effective in giving the reader the sense of how frantic and energy-sapping campaigns can be. If you're a fan of Grisham's legal thrillers, you know what to expect, and that's just what you'll get with The Appeal. You won't be disappointed." Denver Post

Review:

"[A] cartoon filled with one-dimensional characters, predictable language and nary a plot twist." Oregonian

Review:

"Grisham has written his best legal thriller since 2003's The King of Torts." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Review:

"[A] modern-day version of the John Steinbeck novel The Pearl, a look at the futility of the little guy trying to get a fair shake. But Grisham is too savvy a writer to simply lay out a dark scenario and then lead his plot down a predictable path." Dallas-Ft. Worth Star Telegram

Synopsis:

In Grisham's first legal thriller since The Broker, justice is for sale — and only the rich can afford it.

About the Author

John Grisham has written nineteen previous novels and one work of nonfiction, The Innocent Man, published in 2006. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

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waterdogwa, December 24, 2008 (view all comments by waterdogwa)
I've read most of Grisham's stuff. As always, this book is a well written piece of literature. That said, this book lacked excitement found in other Grisham works. Honesty, I found this story to be a very boring read. A documentary of sorts that lacked adventure, drama or suspense. Just nothing there.
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bruce erickson, February 10, 2008 (view all comments by bruce erickson)
A gritty, good read and, unfortunately, only too plausible.
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sonya365, January 3, 2008 (view all comments by sonya365)
I think that this will be another one of John Grisham's best sellers. I can't wait for this one. I think he is one of America's best authors and my favorite.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385515047
Author:
Grisham, John
Publisher:
Doubleday Books
Subject:
Legal
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Corporations
Subject:
Chemical industry
Subject:
Legal stories
Subject:
Mississippi
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Publication Date:
January 29, 2008
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.49x6.43x1.26 in. 1.37 lbs.

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Product details 368 pages Random House - English 9780385515047 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "The Appeal is [Grisham's] 20th novel, and it's as angry, dark and urgent a piece of social realism as you're likely to find on the bestseller lists any time soon....It's a fascinating narrative, filled with deadly accurate characterizations by an author who knows both the law and politics from the inside. The problem, as with all Grisham's fiction, is that it's egregiously written." (read the entire Los Angeles Times review)
"Review" by , "[An] entertaining page-turner that...yearns for justice. Who knew that the mega-best-selling Grisham wanted to be a moralist."
"Review" by , "Building a remarkable degree of suspense into the all too familiar ploys described here, Mr. Grisham delivers his savviest book in years....What works for Mr. Grisham is his patient, lawyerly, inexorable way of dramatizing urgent moral issues."
"Review" by , "There's no thrill in this thriller, but that's not a bad thing. There's a more meditative quality, yet the novel still packs a wallop....More than a novel, The Appeal is an exposé of how highly organized special-interest groups, loaded with cash, can manipulate the judicial system."
"Review" by , "Despite cardboard characters and broad sweeps of malevolent action from Big Business, an affecting moral comes through in The Appeal. It reads like a long, engaging and sad fable."
"Review" by , "Grisham illustrates the dangers of such a system with a clever story and thoughtful plot. Of course, much of what makes Grisham's writing so predictable remains — the bad guys are stereotyped to the point of absurdity."
"Review" by , "Grisham tells the story in his rat-a-tat, almost journalistic style, which is effective in giving the reader the sense of how frantic and energy-sapping campaigns can be. If you're a fan of Grisham's legal thrillers, you know what to expect, and that's just what you'll get with The Appeal. You won't be disappointed."
"Review" by , "[A] cartoon filled with one-dimensional characters, predictable language and nary a plot twist."
"Review" by , "Grisham has written his best legal thriller since 2003's The King of Torts."
"Review" by , "[A] modern-day version of the John Steinbeck novel The Pearl, a look at the futility of the little guy trying to get a fair shake. But Grisham is too savvy a writer to simply lay out a dark scenario and then lead his plot down a predictable path."
"Synopsis" by , In Grisham's first legal thriller since The Broker, justice is for sale — and only the rich can afford it.
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