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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 Finley and Figg is a two-man law firm that usually makes its money by ambulance chasing, car accidents, hospital visits, quickie divorces, and DUIs. Trying to gain notoriety and millions of dollars, they chase after a large class action tort claim against a cholesterol drug, Krayoxx, that allegedly causes deadly side effects. Allegedly, as in `innocent until proved guilty.' To add to the humorous, bickering couple of Finley & Figg and their office assistant, Rochelle, a young 32-yearold lawyer, David Zinc, burns out in his high-paying law firm position and literally tumbles into their office drunk after drinking all day at a local bar. He bumblingly enters into their frays.
The Litigators by John Grisham is about the legal wranglings, manipulations, stipulations, and courtroom shenanigans of lawyers which sound so absurd that one can hardly believe they happen today, yet they actually do. The little three-man office against the giant pharmaceutical company, Varrick Labs, and their hoards of attorneys-all from David Zinc's former office. This seemed to be one of the most trivial, slow moving books I think I've ever read before some real action began. Kind of like the everyday grind in a law office at times. I had to force myself to keep reading, but I've experienced John Grisham's writings before, and I knew the action would materialize. And did it ever pay off! The slower pace and what seemed like boring details were necessary to build up to the climax. I'm just used to high-rev action from page one. It was worth the time to read! Grisham has you rooting for the little guy, though all the while everything seems hopeless. The plot builds, while you hold your breath as to the outcome. He reels you in page by page and you know you're hooked, because you can't put the book down! I don't appreciate the cursing, which Grisham has been adding to his novels as of late, but the additional side plots added some intrigue to the main story line. I borrowed this book from my local library. These are my honest opinions.
John Grisham's THE LITIGATORS is a fun romp through the life of a small group of lawyers that get in way over their head when they file a lawsuit against the third biggest pharmaceutical company in the country, Varrick Pharmaceuticals. Oscar Finley and Wally Figg have been chasing ambulances for years. David Zinc just had a nervous breakdown and quit his job at the 100 hour work week big firm. Zinc begins a new career as an associate at Finley and Figg. Figg believes he's found the next big thing. All across the country, tort lawyers are suing Varrick for the drug Krayoxx. They think Varrick will settle and they'll all make millions. Why this is a good novel: This novel is lighthearted and humorous. The action is fast a furious and Finley and Figg make one mistake after another. Zinc isn't much better, but manages to make enough right moves to emerge as the hero of the story. Also, thankfully, Grisham isn't trying to make a point with this novel. He's not bashing big drug as much as pointing out the flaws in tort trial lawyers. If he was trying to send a message, at least he didn't beat the reader over the head with it. Why this novel isn't very good: Grisham's 3rd person head hopping style makes it hard to get close to anyone character. In one single page, you can read about the viewpoints of three to four characters. Grisham is the only major author I read that writes like this. David Zinc is the most interesting character, but we never really get close to him because any intimate moments are swept away by the immediate switch to another character. Most readers, including diehard Grisham fans, should enjoy this novel. However, it in no way captures the magic that surrounded his great novels of the 1990s.
I have just finished "The Litigators" and did enjoy it. I have difficulty "getting into" some books, but this was not a slow start for me. Midway it was slowing down a bit, but then it seemed to pick up again and soon it ended. I have felt that a few of Grishom's weren't top entertainment, but this was worth the read and I was never sure what I would find until I completed it. Interesting tale about a small lawyer on the street taking on big money and a big pharmaceutical company with deep pockets.
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