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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 The characters in The Litigators are strong in their own ways. How David Zinc finds his way into the ambulance chasing firm of Finley & Figg is an interesting story in itself. At one point in the narrative, Grisham does a David vs Goliath (big pharma) trying to get the reader rooting for David when you are almost certain he is going to be crushed. At the end of that bit of drama, cone can only continue to root for the underdogs. Besides the plot and storytelling, I love reading Grisham for his analysis of topical and evergreen hot button topics that he looks at with a common-sense lens. And some commonly understandable legalese thrown in for good measure. Grisham's ability to bring out the human dimension of characters in the narrative is an icing on
the cake. The Litigators is no different. The narrative leaves you entertained and satisfied at the end.
Highly paid young lawyer David Zinc walks away from his big salary job with a huge Chicago law firm and bounces from a drunken binge into Finley & Figg -- a bottom feeding, ambulance chasing law firm on the Chicago south side. Zinc has never argued a case in court, but possesses enough integrity and common sense to begin to rescue the bumbling firm from its own comical ineptitude and blunders. As with Grisham's earlier novel, The Rainmaker, this young lawyer finds a legitimate and worthy cause in representing some victims of corporate negligence on a contingency basis while making a tidy sum in legal fees when the settlement is reached. In David Zinc, legal profession does appear to have an example of skill and zealous representation of the powerless, albeit after traveling on a journey into territory where much of the arrogance, immorality and utter stupidity that inspire so many lawyer jokes are on full display. This is one Grisham novel that is less exciting than amusing, and ultimately uplifting. It is a page-turner and enjoyable read.
Long time fans of John Grisham will love The Litigators, which is one of his best books in years. You can read the plot elsewhere, but suffice to say unlike some of his recent efforts, this book not only keeps you interested right to the end, but provides a satisfactory ending that doesn't leave the reader feeling shortchanged. Some recent Grisham books seem to spend a lot of time setting up the characters and the plot, and then end with a whimper. This breaks the trend. I've got every one of Grisham's books and this one ranks in the top half-dozen. There was always the feeling of "just one more chapter before I put it down" which (let's be honest) can't always be said. For those who've fallen out of love with Grisham, maybe give this one a try before you give up all together! Highly recommended.
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