The Litigators Online by John Grisham
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 David Zinc has a come apart. He has been working at a huge law firm and after putting in 4000 hours a year, loses it. He goes to a bar and gets plastered, and somehow stumbles into Finley and Figg. Oscar Finley and Wally Figg are ambulance chasers. Wally is always looking for the next huge score, and he comes upon a cholesterol drug called Krayoxx. A son of a deceased client claims the drug is the reason his father is dead. Wally starts seeking out others that have taken the drug and finds online a huge firm in Florida has already had Krayoxx in their sights. David isn't sure what he has gotten himself in the middle of. Is it too good to be true? I have only read a few of Grisham's books. Mostly the non-law ones, but this one was really good. I liked that
the character of David Zinc went from uppity big-law-firm lawyer, to sleazy ambulance chaser, to an actually decent guy all within the story. Wally was the stereo-typical sleaze-ball defense lawyer and Oscar....I felt there wasn't much to his character. I enjoyed the book and the story line. I can't believe how mass hysteria can ruin a company.
I have always been fascinated with this kind of stuff. I enjoy books on law, maybe its because I've been screwed so many times in my life, but I was too dumb...excuse me "un-knowledgeable" in this field that I never bother to sue anyone (Lord knows I could be a millionaire today. Thinking about it, it may be years later, but I could still win some of those cases.) Anyways the book had my interest. It's books like this that people say "reading is educational" You do learn alot....well, I did anyway. Great story, great court work. You are given characters who are lawyers yet dumb as bricks and have others that would scare the President into an early leave. A very interesting book. I'd recommend highly to anyone that enjoys law. Lots of stuff going on. I am also impressed with how John found the time to write this book, considering his involvement in this field himself. I wrote my books doing absolutely nothing else in my life and I was stressed into a comma. How John did it, I'll never know. The characters were kinda plain. Nobody with a real sense of humor, but after years as a lawyer, it must be hard to maintain one. So, I don't blame the characters or John for making them ordinary. However, he still did a great job at making them interesting and making us love or hate certain ones. A book I might read again soon.
I've always enjoyed a nice curl-up-and-read with John Grisham's books. The Litigators is another good romp in the courtroom story. It was infused with good balance of humor and humility (which in my opinion doesn't often exist in the world of attorneys or corporate executives), but the lightness and compassion was appreciated, otherwise stories of the legal world could truly become hardened and stiff. The Litigators carried sub-stories of real life, including struggles with work stress, alcoholism, marital issues, new baby in the home adjustments etc... All topics entertained while remaining applicable to the primary story line. Overall I, again, blasted through John Grisham's book and was entertained while being taken "behind the curtain" into the judges chambers and depositions and tactical planning of the legal world. Yay! Thanks for another GOOD READ!
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