Friday, November 11, 2011

The Litigators - John Grisham

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!

Read an excerpt of The Litigators. Or listen to an excerpt. You can find Grisham on Facebook. ( And the law firm of Finley & Figg as well!)


bermudaonion said...

It sounds like Grisham has his writing groove back!

Kaye said...

He's had a few misses but this one sounds terrific! On the list it goes. Thanks for the wonderful review, Luanne.

Teena in Toronto said...

I like his books. I'll have to check this one out. Thanks!

Luanne said...

Kathy and Kaye - You're right, he has had a few misses, but he's back with this one.

Teena - you'll like it for sure!

Julie said...

John Grisham = always a page-turner! LOL!

Teena in Toronto said...

I finished it last night and enjoyed it!

Luanne said...

I agree Teena!