Synopses & Reviews
The office of the public defender is not known as a training ground for bright young litigators. Clay Carter has been there too long and, like most of his colleagues, dreams of a better job in a real firm. When he reluctantly takes the case of a young man charged with a random street killing, he assumes it is just another of the many senseless murders that hit D.C. every week.
As he digs into the background of his client, Clay stumbles on a conspiracy too horrible to believe. He suddenly finds himself in the middle of a complex case against one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, looking at the kind of enormous settlement that would totally change his life—that would make him, almost overnight, the legal professions newest king of torts...
"Grisham continues to impress with his daring....Here's his most unusual legal thriller yet....The tension is considerable throughout, and readers will like the gentle ending, but Grisham's aim here clearly is to educate as he entertains....[R]eaders will applaud Grisham's fierce moral stance...as they cling to his words every step along the way of this powerful and gripping morality tale." Publishers Weekly
"The King of Torts is one long, by-the-numbers indictment of a certain kind of legal kingpin....But there is no suspense in discovering how destructive this is. Nor does even the erosion of Clay's character offer much drama. Instead, this novel is lawyerly in its own right as it...builds a persuasive case, preaching from the bully pulpit of best-sellerdom. If only its characters were as lively as its indignation." Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"A great read, a love story, a parable of sorts." The Washington Post
"John Grisham retains the legal-thriller crown. His latest is a pedal-to-the-metal crowd-pleaser." People
America's #1 bestselling author delivers this tale of a young public defender who finds himself in the middle of a complex case against one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies. The case could result in an enormous settlement--and make him the legal profession's newest king of torts.
About the Author
is the author of Skipping Christmas, The Summons, A Painted House, The Brethren, The Testament, The Street Lawyer, The Partner, The Runaway Jury, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, The Client, The Pelican Brief, The Firm
, and A Time to Kill
From the Hardcover edition.