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ISBN13: 9780345536884
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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.

The Litigators is a tremendously entertaining romp, filled with the kind of courtroom strategies, theatrics, and suspense that have made John Grisham America’s favorite storyteller.

Review:

"Grisham's entertaining modern-day legal thriller offers a bitingly farcical look at lawyers at the bottom of the food chain. David Zinc, an associate at a Chicago mega-firm who's sick of the sweatshop he's been laboring in for five years, flees the office one morning and ends up spending all day in a bar. Soon after the bartender finally kicks him out, Zinc spots an ad on a city bus for a firm of ambulance-chasers, Finley & Figg, and resolves to join their hapless practice. Meanwhile, Wally Figg, one of Finley & Figg's two partners, thinks he's found a goldmine after learning that a client who died recently was taking an anti-cholesterol drug called Krayoxx. Zinc, who has zero litigation experience, aids Finley & Figg, who likewise lack litigation experience, in filing suit against the huge pharmaceutical company that produces Krayoxx. Grisham (The Confession) makes Zinc's personal transformation more convincing than his professional one. Some readers may feel the fairy tale ending clashes with the dark humor of the opening. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"Grisham is an absolute master." The Washington Post

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"John Grisham may well be the best American storyteller writing today." The Philadelphia Inquirer

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"Where Grisham leads, millions of readers follow." New York Daily News

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"A mighty narrative talent." Chicago Sun-Times

About the Author

John Grisham is the author of twenty-four novels, including, most recently, Calico Joe; one work of nonfiction; a collection of stories; and a series for young readers. The recipient of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, he is also the chairman of the board of directors of the Mississippi Innocence Project at the University of Mississippi School of Law. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

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Dar, January 8, 2013 (view all comments by Dar)
I really liked how David was fed up with the high powered system and landed in a place that was barely staying afloat, but made him feel like he was making a difference. With hard work, a vision, and patience, he was able to climb back up on top. And all with a feeling that he was helping people.

This book was a little different than Grishams earlier works and very refreshing.
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Pat Wilkie, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by Pat Wilkie)
One of Grisham's best!
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sheilaarnold39, September 12, 2012 (view all comments by sheilaarnold39)
Another John Grisham home run! There are only a couple of writers that can move from just reading a fiction book to taking on a new point of view, and John Grisham is one of the few. The characters in this book are just robust and fun. David Zinc is the king of guy I want to meet. The indictment of mass tort litigators and of overseas product testing is well done, but not preachy. The story line is never straight, which I love about Grisham, so be prepared to not know which way the path will go. Enjoy the read, and, Mr. Grisham, if you are reading - thanks for the GREAT read and I am waiting for the next. (Side note: If you enjoy this book, then also read Grisham's "The Runaway Jury" and "The Confession".)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345536884
Author:
Grisham, John
Publisher:
Bantam
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Suspense
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3 x 0.9 in 0.6563 lb

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Product details 416 pages Bantam - English 9780345536884 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Grisham's entertaining modern-day legal thriller offers a bitingly farcical look at lawyers at the bottom of the food chain. David Zinc, an associate at a Chicago mega-firm who's sick of the sweatshop he's been laboring in for five years, flees the office one morning and ends up spending all day in a bar. Soon after the bartender finally kicks him out, Zinc spots an ad on a city bus for a firm of ambulance-chasers, Finley & Figg, and resolves to join their hapless practice. Meanwhile, Wally Figg, one of Finley & Figg's two partners, thinks he's found a goldmine after learning that a client who died recently was taking an anti-cholesterol drug called Krayoxx. Zinc, who has zero litigation experience, aids Finley & Figg, who likewise lack litigation experience, in filing suit against the huge pharmaceutical company that produces Krayoxx. Grisham (The Confession) makes Zinc's personal transformation more convincing than his professional one. Some readers may feel the fairy tale ending clashes with the dark humor of the opening. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Grisham is an absolute master."
"Review" by , "John Grisham may well be the best American storyteller writing today."
"Review" by , "Where Grisham leads, millions of readers follow."
"Review" by , "A mighty narrative talent."
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