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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.

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"Building a remarkable degree of suspense, Grisham delivers his savviest book in years. His extended vacation from hard-hitting fiction is over." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

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"A novel that could become its own era-defining classic. John Grisham holds up that same mirror to our age as Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities." The Boston Globe

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"Chilling and timeless." The Washington Post

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"An intricately detailed, involving story... the ending may surprise you." People

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"Stirring popular fiction that doubles as an important public service announcement." Entertainment Weekly

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"Packs a wallop... The timing, in the midst of all the presidential primaries, makes it all the more compelling." USA Today

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"Fascinating... filled with deadly accurate characterizations by and author who knows both the law and politics from the inside." Los Angeles Times

About the Author

Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year (his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, and The Broker) and all of them have become international bestsellers. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marks his first foray into non-fiction.

Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.

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Edward Hahn, July 21, 2011 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
I am not a big Grisham fan. I liked "The Firm", his first best seller and "A Time To Kill", his first novel. The rest of his stuff that I've read was borderline boring.

In "The Appeal", he's back with a vengeance. I finished the book at 2:30 AM and then had trouble falling asleep because the ending left me up in the air.

It's hard to write a review of this story without spoiling it for subsequent readers and I don't like reviews that are hidden because of spoilers. That said, I thought the characters were interesting though somewhat stereotypical. In this book, you will find: the good-hearted lawyer, the greedy industrialist, the venal politician, the one-issue fundamentalist preacher, the behind the scenes genius, etc.

The plot is well drawn and kept my interest right until the end and I mean the last page. The interactions between the characters are believable. The idea that an election for State Supreme Court Justice could be manipulated was fresh and believable. The contention that campaigns are about little but money anymore rings true. The pace of the narrative was fast and kept my interest.

If I go beyond these generalizations, I'll give things away so I will only say that I recommend this book. I doubt if you will be disappointed as you read it unless, of course, you are looking for deathless literature which this book definitely is not. It is, though, an enjoyable engaging read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780440243816
Author:
Grisham, John
Publisher:
Dell Publishing Company
Subject:
Legal
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Corporations
Subject:
Legal stories
Subject:
Mississippi
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20081131
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
6.80x4.20x1.10 in. .55 lbs.

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Product details 496 pages Dell Publishing Company - English 9780440243816 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Building a remarkable degree of suspense, Grisham delivers his savviest book in years. His extended vacation from hard-hitting fiction is over."
"Review" by , "A novel that could become its own era-defining classic. John Grisham holds up that same mirror to our age as Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities."
"Review" by , "Chilling and timeless."
"Review" by , "An intricately detailed, involving story... the ending may surprise you."
"Review" by , "Stirring popular fiction that doubles as an important public service announcement."
"Review" by , "Packs a wallop... The timing, in the midst of all the presidential primaries, makes it all the more compelling."
"Review" by , "Fascinating... filled with deadly accurate characterizations by and author who knows both the law and politics from the inside."
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