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The Litigators: A Novel

by John Grisham

Random House Publishing Group | June 26, 2012 | Trade Paperback

The Litigators: A Novel is rated 4 out of 5 by 5.

The partners at Finley & Figg often refer to themselves as a “boutique law firm.” Boutique, as in chic, selective, and prosperous. Oscar Finley and Wally Figg are none of these things. They are a two-bit operation of ambulance chasers who bicker like an old married couple. Until change comes their way—or, more accurately, stumbles in. After leaving a fast-track career and going on a serious bender, David Zinc is sober, unemployed, and desperate enough to take a job at Finley & Figg.
 
Now the firm is ready to tackle a case that could make the partners rich—without requiring them to actually practice much law. A class action suit has been brought against Varrick Labs, a pharmaceutical giant with annual sales of $25 billion, alleging that Krayoxx, its most popular drug, causes heart attacks. Wally smells money. All Finley & Figg has to do is find a handful of Krayoxx users to join the suit. It almost seems too good to be true . . . and it is.

Includes an excerpt of John Grisham’s Calico Joe and a special preview of his upcoming novel The Racketeer 

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 7.49 × 4.2 × 1.21 in

Published: June 26, 2012

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 034553056X

ISBN - 13: 9780345530561

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but not Great I was eager to read this book having read the other great novels from John Grisham, but I have to admit that this story left me wanting. The story starts off at a good paste but soon fizzles out. The book was pretty predictable and really didn’t have the usual suspense you would hope to find in a John Grisham novel. It was entertaining, but at times I just wanted the story to move along faster. This isn’t the author’s best work but all in all I would recommend you read this book, but lower your expectations and you will be fine.
Date published: 2013-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Imaginative Another great tale by Grisham, however I held back on the five star as I felt there was to much "filler" material. The labour case, although short was just to bring David a little experience otherwise nothing to do with the story. The ending as quick as it was, was predictable except for the lopsided cut of fees. All in all a must read for Grisham fans.
Date published: 2012-01-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the fast-paced legal thrill ride I was hoping for I am not a huge John Grisham fan - save The Firm and A Time to Kill - which I thought were fantastic. This book was touted as Grisham's best since the Firm, and I was disappointed. It was just ok. The plot spent alot of time going no where fast; the characters of Wally and Oscar described as "bickersons" were uninspired; and I was more annoyed by their lack of litigation skills than anything else. I found the last 20% of the book to be the highlight, but largely because the main plot was wrapping and sub-plot (the more interesting of the two) was coming to a head. This is a hesitant recommendation - it was just ok.
Date published: 2011-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of Grisham's best for me Well, I had great plans to jot down some notes and quotes to share with you about John Grisham's newest book - The Litigators. Yeah, that didn't happen.... because it ended up being a non stop read for me - I picked it up on a Sunday morning and turned the last page late (late) that night. I was hooked from the opening pages. David Zinc has toiled away at a prestigious law firm in relative obscurity for the last five years. Until the morning he realizes he can't do it anymore and walks away. And lands at the firm of Finley & Figg - ambulance chasers, divorce court specialists and anything else they can make a buck at. Although Wally and Oscar refer to the office as a 'boutique firm', they are anything but - Wally has just placed an ad for the firm on local bingo hall cards. When Wally gets wind of a potentially big case involving a big name cholesterol drug. It seems folks taking it are suffering heart damage and even death. If they can find a few cases of their own and ride on the coat tails of the big players in a mass claim action suit, they could all be rich. It seems simple enough......and that's enough of the plot given away. What made The Litigators a non stop read? The characters for sure. Wally and Oscar's tactics are cringe worthy, their actions walk a fine line between working for the law and breaking it, but you just can't help rooting for them in this David and Goliath fight. David is eminently likable as well. He is sense and reason, but with a new found freedom since escaping the big firm drudgery.The personal storyline involving his wife Helen also added much to the book. It seems like Grisham has a lot of fun writing The Litigators - there is a sly sense of humour underlying the entire book. I laughed out loud many times at the situations and dialogue. It was eye opening to see the legal maneuvering - much of the machinations involving the drug companies and lawyers gave me pause and made me wonder how much of it is fact. Quite frightening actually. The Litigators is by far one of Grisham's best in my opinion (and I've read them all) An absolutely entertaining page turner that will be a well deserved best seller!
Date published: 2011-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buy this Book! Started reading it last night and I can't put it down. Love all the Grisham books, the characters in the Litigators are quirky and funny. Love this book!
Date published: 2011-11-07

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The Litigators: A Novel

by John Grisham

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 7.49 × 4.2 × 1.21 in

Published: June 26, 2012

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 034553056X

ISBN - 13: 9780345530561

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CHAPTER 1 The law firm of Finley & Figg referred to itself as a “boutique firm.” This misnomer was inserted as often as possible into routine conver­sations, and it even appeared in print in some of the various schemes hatched by the partners to solicit business. When used properly, it implied that Finley & Figg was something above your average two-bit operation. Boutique, as in small, gifted, and expert in one specialized area. Boutique, as in pretty cool and chic, right down to the French-­ness of the word itself. Boutique, as in thoroughly happy to be small, selective, and prosperous.  Except for its size, it was none of these things. Finley & Figg’s scam was hustling injury cases, a daily grind that required little skill or creativity and would never be considered cool or sexy. Profits were as elusive as status. The firm was small because it couldn’t afford to grow. It was selective only because no one wanted to work there, including the two men who owned it. Even its location suggested a monotonous life out in the bush leagues. With a Vietnamese massage parlor to its left and a lawn mower repair shop to its right, it was clear at a casual glance that Finley & Figg was not prospering. There was another boutique firm directly across the street—hated rivals—and more lawyers around the corner. In fact, the neighborhood was teeming with lawyers, some working alone, others in small firms, others still in versions of their own little boutiques.  F&F’s address was on Preston Avenue, a
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The partners at Finley & Figg often refer to themselves as a “boutique law firm.” Boutique, as in chic, selective, and prosperous. Oscar Finley and Wally Figg are none of these things. They are a two-bit operation of ambulance chasers who bicker like an old married couple. Until change comes their way—or, more accurately, stumbles in. After leaving a fast-track career and going on a serious bender, David Zinc is sober, unemployed, and desperate enough to take a job at Finley & Figg.
 
Now the firm is ready to tackle a case that could make the partners rich—without requiring them to actually practice much law. A class action suit has been brought against Varrick Labs, a pharmaceutical giant with annual sales of $25 billion, alleging that Krayoxx, its most popular drug, causes heart attacks. Wally smells money. All Finley & Figg has to do is find a handful of Krayoxx users to join the suit. It almost seems too good to be true . . . and it is.

Includes an excerpt of John Grisham’s Calico Joe and a special preview of his upcoming novel The Racketeer 

About the Author

John Grisham is the author of twenty-four novels, including, most recently, Calico Joe; one work of nonfiction; a collection of stories; and a series for young readers. The recipient of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, he is also 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

“John Grisham is about as good a storyteller as we’ve got.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“Grisham holds up that same mirror to our age as Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities.”—The Boston Globe
 
“A mighty narrative talent.”—Chicago Sun-Times