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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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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.

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About the Author

JOHN GRISHAM is the author of twenty-three novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and two novels for young readers. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

www.doubleday.com

www.jgrisham.com

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Lindsay Waite, December 4, 2012 (view all comments by Lindsay Waite)
There are times when I miss litigation, so I thought reading "The Litigators" would remind me of the world of my first career. What I loved about this book was that it also brought me back to the world of the small practitioner. So, while I was not in a firm like Finley & Figg, I remember the struggle for clients, waiting for someone to walk in the door, and hoping for a case beyond the bread-and-butter domestic, traffic, accident, or petty criminal case.

The personalities of the four main characters, Oscar Finley, Wally Figg, David Zinc, and Rochelle Gibson, are crafted with care and precision. I remember attorneys like Finley and Figg -- and backbones of the office like Rochelle. David Zinc is the most rounded character, though, as he transitions from a highly paid drone in a mega law firm to an odd new addition in Finley & Figg.

Will David stick it out with this firm despite the appalling behavior of the partners? Is there really any hope that the major pharmaceutical class action will give the firm memers the cash boost they have been pining for? How in the world will the firm handle a class action against David's former firm and one of the top attorneys in the country? The courtroom scenes and legal strategies employed by all the attorneys brought back memories of this stage play in which all engage. I enjoyed seeing it recounted in Grisham's words. I have to say the ending was a bit expected, but overall the book is a great read. "The Litigators" is good storytelling and a pretty quick read as well.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345530561
Author:
Grisham, John
Publisher:
Dell Publishing Company
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Suspense
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Tall paperback
Publication Date:
20120631
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
7.5 x 4.17 x 1.19 in 0.6 lb

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