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The Appeal: A Novel

by John Grisham

Random House Publishing Group | January 31, 2012 | Trade Paperback

The Appeal: A Novel is rated 2.3125 out of 5 by 16.

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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. 

The chemical company is owned by a Wall Street predator named Carl Trudeau, and Mr. Trudeau is convinced the Court is not friendly enough to his interests. 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 7.53 × 4.18 × 1.14 in

Published: January 31, 2012

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345532023

ISBN - 13: 9780345532022

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Appeal by John Grisham The Appeal by John Grisham (Book Review) The Appeal by John Grisham is now in paperback. It is published by Arrow and its ISBN is 0099481768. It is another great legal thriller by Grisham. It begins in the courtroom with a hearing on a chemical pollution case. A large chemical company Krane has polluted the water of a small community. The water has changed colour and people have died or become very ill. The Payne solicitors sued Krane on behalf of a widow and won. The victory is short lived as Krane’s owner Carl Trudeau decides to fight it and he is not beyond political corruption. The rest of the novel deals with Krane’s appeal. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap.
Date published: 2009-05-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't Bother Don't let the title fool you. This book actually has very little to do with an appeal. The plot focuses on the campaign to elect a state supreme court justice, which gives Grisham the opportunity trot out every tired character stereotype you can think of. And don't be surprised if, after reading the last page, your reaction is "Huh"? One of the most thoroughly unsatisfying books I have ever read,
Date published: 2009-03-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very unsatisfying. Since I don't have time to read a lot of novels I felt robbed with this one. Stay away or be disappointed. Contains no pleasant surprises and drones on and on about make believe corruption in politics and big business. Just plain terrible.
Date published: 2009-03-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I can not believe John Grisham wrote this. The start was okay, but the ending was not.
Date published: 2009-02-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Pretty Shallow The Appeal got off to a good start but very quickly became very shallow in terms of character and plot development. And the finish to the novel does not seem to come together as one would expect it to. This book does not approach the depth of story telling, descriptions and development of characters that waere evident in A Time to Kill, The Chamber or even A Painted House. Unless you are a collector of Grisham novels I would recommend getting this from a friend or the library.
Date published: 2008-09-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not his best first chapter grabs u. then with 100 ish pages to go it grabs u again. worth the read from the library. do not buy.
Date published: 2008-08-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from He Should Be Ashamed Three story lines and none resolved to my satisfaction. His editors should have made him finish them and they should be ashamed as well. Unless, there is a sequel? Unfortunately I paid money for this book. Next time I will use the library to avoid further disappointments.
Date published: 2008-06-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting I must say that this was quite the interesting read. I like courtroom type novels and this was a perfect fit for me.
Date published: 2008-06-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing Chock full of thinly-developed characters who either succeed in illegal and unsatisfactory manipulation of the political and legal systems or fail in genuine attempts to serve the public interest. Leaves a bad taste and has a ghastly ending. Not likely to be a candidate for a successful film.
Date published: 2008-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful took me a while to get into the book, but about 2/3's in really nocks your socks off! My husband even read it and finished it in a day! He agreed fully that it was a great read.
Date published: 2008-05-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Back to Old School Grisham I enjoyed this book. It isn't a courtroom drama - rather a behind the scenes look at how politics and big business and money can taint the judicial system when judges are elected instead of appointed. It reminded me a little bit of King of Torts and a little of Runway Jury (though it is not as good as that book - one of my favourite Grishams). It is more old school than his last couple books. It is a look a world that many people don't know much about. If you liked this, you should love the RIchard North Patterson book shown below!
Date published: 2008-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great John Grisham is still the best!
Date published: 2008-03-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not good This was soooooooo boring. For the first time ever with a John Grisham book, I had to skip most of it and flip to the end to see how it ended, and I wasn't impressed with that either! This is not one of Grisham's best, that's for sure. I want my money back.
Date published: 2008-03-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Is there a sequal? interesting & fast paced, perhaps a few too many characters to keep track of..and without revealing anything, I do hope M.Grisham has a sequal in the works!
Date published: 2008-02-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Grisham Goes Po-mo Although the legal territory has been covered before, toxic dumping and its effect on a small community and personal injury awards by juries, I don't think it has every been written about with such poignancy. The characters are real, with the exception of the face of the "evil" corporation's head" who is more caricature than character. This man doesn't have a redeeming quality. The characters closer to the ground, for the most part, are rendered far more realistically. Although I'm not sure that lawyers would so personally invest themselves in any case, even where the potential "pay day" is as lucrative as suggested here. But as real people, they seem to be representative of America's debt riddent, rapidly disappearing middle class. As always in a Grisham book there is a comic relief character, this one, sadly, less realized than most. Instead of foibles, this character has addictions. In the final analysis, it's a great weekend by the fire read, but most assuredly not one of Grisham's finest.
Date published: 2008-02-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Grisham is back to form. The Appeal is a fascinating study of the politics of electing judges in the U.S. big business and greed. The story begins with a trial and a re election campaign for a local state Supreme Court judge. The end is a surprise so don't cheat and read it first! John Grisham is back at what he does so well. A bit dry but this book could be a discussion for book clubs.
Date published: 2008-02-04

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The Appeal: A Novel

by John Grisham

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 7.53 × 4.18 × 1.14 in

Published: January 31, 2012

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345532023

ISBN - 13: 9780345532022

About the Book

#1 "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER
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.
The chemical company is owned by a Wall Street predator named Carl Trudeau, and Mr. Trudeau is convinced the Court is not friendly enough to his interests. 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.

Read from the Book

Chapter One The jury was ready. After forty–two hours of deliberations that followed seventy–one days of trial that included 530 hours of testimony from four dozen witnesses, and after a lifetime of sitting silently as the lawyers haggled and the judge lectured and the spectators watched like hawks for telltale signs, the jury was ready. Locked away in the jury room, secluded and secure, ten of them proudly signed their names to the verdict while the other two pouted in their corners, detached and miserable in their dissension. There were hugs and smiles and no small measure of self-congratulation because they had survived this little war and could now march proudly back into the arena with a decision they had rescued through sheer determination and the dogged pursuit of compromise. Their ordeal was over; their civic duty complete. They had served above and beyond. They were ready. The foreman knocked on the door and rustled Uncle Joe from his slumbers. Uncle Joe, the ancient bailiff, had guarded them while he also arranged their meals, heard their complaints, and quietly slipped their messages to the judge. In his younger years, back when his hearing was better, Uncle Joe was rumored to also eavesdrop on his juries through a flimsy pine door he and he alone had selected and installed. But his listening days were over, and, as he had confided to no one but his wife, after the ordeal of this particular trial he might just hang up his old pistol once and for all. Th
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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. 

The chemical company is owned by a Wall Street predator named Carl Trudeau, and Mr. Trudeau is convinced the Court is not friendly enough to his interests. 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.

About the Author

John Grisham is the author of twenty-three novels, including, most recently, The Litigators; one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and a novel for young readers. He is 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.

Editorial Reviews

“Chilling and timeless.”—The Washington Post

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

“Grisham holds up that same mirror to our age as Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities.”—The Boston Globe
 
“Packs a wallop.”—USA Today

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