The Litigators by John Grisham

Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Litigators by John GrishamApart from Jodi Picoult, I have not read another author who writes about legal fiction. Her stories became too heavy for me so I eventually stopped reading her books though hands down, she writes impressively.

Then I stumbled upon John Grisham per a friend’s recommendation. So prior to our trip last week, along with some new blouses, a bottle of armani perfume and a pink belt, I also bought his new book, The Litigators. It’s been a while since I last finished a novel and as my first John Grisham book, I can say that I am quite happy with the read. It is not a heavy read and hard-to-put-down kind of book but I like how John created his characters, even how he named them. The story is very easy to follow with some delightful twists.

Now I know why my friend loves John Grisham and I can’t wait to hit the book stores again to find his other books. By the way, here is the prologue of John Grisham’s The Litigators:

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.

If you are looking for a good read, then The Litigators is the book for you. I highly recommend it!


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