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Click Here to Download the Book 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.
Reviews I have often avoided Grisham's work. I am an attorney in Idaho, and I used to not be able to handle Grisham's mostly cynical view of the legal profession. As I have gained a little more experience, in life and professionally, I can read this negativity and laugh at myself a little. Although the practice, mostly, in Idaho, differs greatly than inner city Chicago, or Memphis, TN, there are grains of truth in this book that I really really enjoyed. I thought this book started very well and very interestingly. A big city, big firm attorney, with five years under his belt, goes down in flames from burnout. He goes on a bender, and joins a no name firm looking for the big score, while chasing ambulances. Without an ounce of research, this tiny firm, in search of immense wealth and
riches, tries to to take on Big Pharmaceutical. Big Pharm strikes back with a big firm, big bucks, and a devious plan. In the meantime, the young lawyer finds his stride and helps real people in need, and is successful at it. He shows how a case should be pursued, and pursues them for the right reasons. The amounts of wealth these big city firms charge, if realistic, is staggering. I liked the depiction of the Federal judge (Seaworth), as I know a few just like that. I also had to laugh at the depiction of the Senator from Idaho. The irony is that the man was so pro-tort limits and big business, and then his family relied on a lawsuit after his untimely death. It cut pretty close to home in these parts. This was a great read. I read it in about 3 days. I thought it was good fun, with a good mix of action, legal intrigue and courtroom battle. I would recommend it to all!
The Litigators is, in my opinion, one of Grisham's better books in recent years. Is it great literature? If you've read any of Grisham's books, you know the answer to that question is definitely not. However, The Litigators is a highly entertaining, often humorous, at times suspenseful book that is filled with interesting characters involved in situations that makes you want to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next. Without going into a lot of detail, The Litigators involves the law firm of Finley & Finn, a seedy operation that for the past twenty years or so has specialized in quickie divorces, DUIs and, of course, auto accidents; and is constantly on the lookout for the case that will change their lives. This change starts to come about when a young, Harvard-educated lawyer burned out from his high-paying job at a major law firm stumbles -- literally stumbles -- into the firm of Finley & Figg. I won't say more about the plot, which can be learned about from the Book Description page above. I just want to leave you with the opinion that The Litigators is filled with the kind of interesting characters, courtroom strategies, theatrics, humor and surprises readers have come to expect from Grisham when he is at the top of his game.
I listened to the audio version of this book in my car and was, to my surprise, thoroughly entertained. The narrator is Dennis Boutsikaris and he does an excellent job capturing Grisham's playful and somewhat sardonic tone throughout the novel. As a retired litigator, I am sensitive to the creative license some writers employ to elevate the drama of courtroom-based fiction. In this case, however, Grisham keeps it admirably real. If you're in need of something to entertain you while you exercise or drive, I can recommend the audio version of this book without reservation.
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