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The Litigators [Kindle Edition]

John Grisham
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Praise for John Grisham:

'The best thriller writer alive'

(Ken Follett, Evening Standard)

His stories are ferociously plot driven: they will keep you awake all night (Independent on Sunday)

Grisham is a superb, instinctive storyteller (The Times)

Few writers have so much to say, the skills to make reading what they say an irresistible pleasure - and the clout to say it to an audience of millions (Independent)

Enthralling characters and mesmeric plot (Time Out)

As exciting as a car chase with a load of dynamite thrown in (Daily Mail)

Grisham reigns supreme (Sunday Express)

No one does it better than Grisham (Daily Telegraph)

Grisham knows what he's doing. The book is crisply written (with some agreeably sly one-liners) and the narrative canters along. (Andrew Taylor, The Spectator)

...entirely gripping... (The Evening Standard)

Grisham in reliable form. (The Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin)

'The Litigators is Grisham at his very best, fast-paced, funny and packed with living and breathing characters that you'd love to share an after-court beer with. Set aside a weekend for this one, because you won't want to put it down'. (Irish Examiner)

This is the master of the legal thriller at his best. You won't want to put it down! (Press Association)

After a slow build setting the scene, the case turns pear-shaped; and by the time we get to court, there's a compelling argument for readers to demolish this classic page-turner in one epic sitting. (Townsville Bulletin)

The Litigators reminds fans of this genre just what a creative genius Grisham is. A very entertaining read.' (Launceston Examiner)

Grisham is back on top form with this courtroom thriller.... Unusually for Grisham he is injecting quite a lot of humour into this book which I found worked really well... 'The Litigators' is a courtroom battle that will keep you turning the pages until the end, wanting to see the big guns fail, but you will have to wait until the last few pages until you find out who wins. A welcome return to form for Grisham. (Crimesquad.com)

Grisham hasn't lost his deft touch. What a rollicking ride it turns out to be. (Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Herald Sun)

A tremendously entertaining romp, filled with the kind of courtroom strategies, theatrics and suspense that have made John Grisham America's favourite storyteller. (Gympie Times)

Review

Praise for John Grisham:'The best thriller writer alive' -- Ken Follett, Evening Standard 'His stories are ferociously plot driven: they will keep you awake all night' -- Independent on Sunday 'Grisham is a superb, instinctive storyteller' -- The Times 'Few writers have so much to say, the skills to make reading what they say an irresistible pleasure - and the clout to say it to an audience of millions' -- Independent 'Enthralling characters and mesmeric plot' -- Time Out 'As exciting as a car chase with a load of dynamite thrown in' -- Daily Mail 'Grisham reigns supreme' -- Sunday Express 'No one does it better than Grisham' -- Daily Telegraph 'Grisham knows what he's doing. The book is crisply written (with some agreeably sly one-liners) and the narrative canters along.' -- Andrew Taylor, The Spectator '...entirely gripping...' -- The Evening Standard 20111201 'Grisham in reliable form.' -- The Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin 20111126 'The Litigators is Grisham at his very best, fast-paced, funny and packed with living and breathing characters that you'd love to share an after-court beer with. Set aside a weekend for this one, because you won't want to put it down'. -- Irish Examiner 20111112 'This is the master of the legal thriller at his best. You won't want to put it down!' -- Press Association 20111112 'After a slow build setting the scene, the case turns pear-shaped; and by the time we get to court, there's a compelling argument for readers to demolish this classic page-turner in one epic sitting.' -- Townsville Bulletin 20111119 The Litigators reminds fans of this genre just what a creative genius Grisham is. A very entertaining read.' -- Launceston Examiner 20111112 'Grisham is back on top form with this courtroom thriller... Unusually for Grisham he is injecting quite a lot of humour into this book which I found worked really well... 'The Litigators' is a courtroom battle that will keep you turning the pages until the end, wanting to see the big guns fail, but you will have to wait until the last few pages until you find out who wins. A welcome return to form for Grisham.' -- Crimesquad.com 20111112 'Grisham hasn't lost his deft touch. What a rollicking ride it turns out to be.' -- Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Herald Sun 20111204 'A tremendously entertaining romp, filled with the kind of courtroom strategies, theatrics and suspense that have made John Grisham America's favourite storyteller.' -- Gympie Times 20111203

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 589 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1444729705
  • Publisher: Hodder (25 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444729705
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444729702
  • ASIN: B005OKTPKC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (366 customer reviews)
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Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi, law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby--writing his first novel.

Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. Realizing he didn't have the right stuff for a pro career, he shifted gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade in Southaven, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. In 1983, he was elected to the state House of Representatives and served until 1990.

One day at the DeSoto County courthouse, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl's father had murdered her assailants. Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987. Initially rejected by many publishers, it was eventually bought by Wynwood Press, who gave it a modest 5,000 copy printing and published it in June 1988.

That might have put an end to Grisham's hobby. However, he had already begun his next book, and it would quickly turn that hobby into a new full-time career--and spark one of publishing's greatest success stories. The day after Grisham completed A Time to Kill, he began work on another novel, the story of a hotshot young attorney lured to an apparently perfect law firm that was not what it appeared. When he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures for $600,000, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers, and book rights were bought by Doubleday. Spending 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991.

The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham's reputation as the master of the legal thriller. Grisham's success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was republished in hardcover by Doubleday and then in paperback by Dell. This time around, it was a bestseller.

Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year (his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, The Broker, Playing for Pizza, The Appeal, and The Associate) and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 250 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 29 languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films (The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, The Runaway Jury, and Skipping Christmas), as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marked his first foray into non-fiction, and Ford County (November 2009) was his first short story collection.

Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.

Grisham took time off from writing for several months in 1996 to return, after a five-year hiatus, to the courtroom. He was honoring a commitment made before he had retired from the law to become a full-time writer: representing the family of a railroad brakeman killed when he was pinned between two cars. Preparing his case with the same passion and dedication as his books' protagonists, Grisham successfully argued his clients' case, earning them a jury award of $683,500--the biggest verdict of his career.

When he's not writing, Grisham devotes time to charitable causes, including most recently his Rebuild The Coast Fund, which raised 8.8 million dollars for Gulf Coast relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He also keeps up with his greatest passion: baseball. The man who dreamed of being a professional baseball player now serves as the local Little League commissioner. The six ballfields he built on his property have played host to over 350 kids on 26 Little League teams.

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168 of 174 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable... 28 Oct 2011
By FictionFan TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A thoroughly enjoyable outing from the master of the legal thriller. Our hero, David Zinc, walks out of his high-pressure career in a huge, high-flying law firm; and walks into the firm of Finley & Figg, ambulance-chasers extraordinaire. Oscar, Wally and their secretary Rochelle (to say nothing of the dog) only just manage to keep their heads above water by pursuing injury cases and divorces, and their tactics are not the most ethical. David is a Harvard graduate and son of a judge but has never actually been inside a courtroom. This mismatched group suddenly finds itself handling a potentially massive lawsuit against a major pharmaceutical giant, being represented by David's former employers.

This book is much more light-hearted than some of Grisham's other novels and has lots of humour. Wally dreams of making it rich with one massive settlement, Oscar dreams of being rich enough to divorce his wife, while David dreams of having enough energy left at the end of the working day to start a family with his lovely (and very understanding) wife, Helen.

Well-written, as Grisham's novels always are, this time we get an insight into the distinctly unglamorous and uncertain life of the lower echelons of legal life and while it might not be much fun for the lawyers, it certainly is for us. Despite their flaws, all three of the lawyers are enjoyable characters that we warm to more and more as the book progresses. My only complaint is that Grisham's books are usually stand-alone, so we probably won't get to meet with them again. All the more reason to enjoy this outing. Highly recommended.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hugely enjoyed reaD 9 Nov 2011
By jackal
Format:Hardcover
The basic story is hopelessly improbable. A stressed-out Harvard Law School corporate law associate at a major firm gets drunk, literally falls into a two-partner, no associates, no - ethics litigation firm and goes to work for them merrily signing pleadings, bank guarantees and promises of huge damages to contingency fees clients. BUT it is a hugely enjoyable story which had me laughing out loud at times. I was absolutely gripped, desperate to know what would happen next, read it through mealtimes, cut the dog's walk short and was half-surprised by the ending. It is a great fun read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not At His Best 6 Dec 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is not Grisham's best novel - not by a long distance.

Whilst some familiar themes crop up (social justice being the most obvious), Grisham seems to have devoted little effort or imagination on his story and consequently the characters assume a rather hackneyed quality: one hundred pages in and I no longer cared for the fate of the protagonists and I found myself hoping that Finley & Figg's lovely nemesis (Ms Karros) would dispense with them quickly. Alas, no such luck! In fact, she proves to be disappointingly accommodating. Moreover, the sub-plot designed to extricate Zinc from the surreal world of street law, remained under-developed and, when the end finally (mercifully?) comes, feels rushed and somewhat contrived; it really did deserve better treatment than Grisham gave it.

In fairness, Grisham has authored another highly readable (if unchallenging) tale and even dares flirt with humour and situational comedy. Nonetheless, given the quality of some of his recent works (for instance, The Confession & Ford County Stories), The Litigators really does fail to meet his usual high standard.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A return to form ! 13 Nov 2011
By fivestarfrankie VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A short review: I paid 7 for this and have just read it through in just less than 7 hours. All the main characters are portrayed as decent people especially Mr and Mrs Zinc. As someone else said the ending is easy to guess from about a third of the way in but that does not stop this being a cracking story. If your favourite film is (like me) "A Wonderful Life" I think that there is every chance you'll enjoy reading this. Not a five star effort but well worth four I think !
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE LITIGATORS 26 Oct 2011
By Amanda TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Oscar Finley an ex cop, and Wally Figg a recovering alcoholic run a law firm in Chicago with the help of their assistant Rochelle. Their speciality, ambulance chasing, hustling injury cases and any other scam they can find proves to be not too profitable, this small company who call themselves a "boutique firm" are always looking for their big break. Along comes David Zinc, a Harvard graduate who has been working for a lucrative law firm, very high salary with too much pressure. No longer able to cope David decides on a whim to leave, after spending a drunken day in a bar reassessing his life he finds himself walking into a new job working for the incorrigible Finley and Figg. The story unfolds as the opportunity arises for these three dynamic men to take on a large pharmaceutical company who appear to be selling a lethal drug. A thoroughly interesting, well written and enjoyable read.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Big disappointment 23 Nov 2011
Format:Hardcover
I remember the joy of reading John Grishams best books: The Runaway Jury, The Client, The Firm, The Rainmaker and the underestimated The Chamber, maybe his finest work IMHO.

Compared to these masterpieces, The Litigators falls brutally through. The story is weak and predictable, the characters cardboard clichées. The plot is straightforward and utterly boring, and without the twist and turns one might predict from a seasoned thriller writer's hand.

I am sorry, mr Grisham: This was a major disappointment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another fast paced and enjoyable read from the legendary Grisham
Unputdownable read. Not too challenging but enough to keep me interested and cheering at the end of the book when all the pieces fall into place.
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I am a very big fan John Grisham and you can never go wrong with a Grisham and the book is pretty much like new considering how much they where selling it... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
another fantastic Gresham mass tort tale, with a few brilliant spots of humour along the way. perfect night time reading
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5.0 out of 5 stars funny with some serious messages
Probably now my
Favourite Grisham book. He has a light touch in this novel, yet he also slates lawyers and large corporations. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Rossan, Sheila
5.0 out of 5 stars Grisham at his best
I am a big fan of Grisham, and this book is right up there with his best novels.

A great story and the 'right' ending.
Published 3 days ago by Hj Townsend
3.0 out of 5 stars A formula that's starting to feel very hackneyed
No need to explain John Grisham: you know what you're going to get from this master of the legal thriller. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Litigators
A really entertaining and fun read. Interesting storyline and well developed characters. This book has all the right ingredients if you like this genre and is well written. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Simone
5.0 out of 5 stars at last I can go to bed
I knew it would turn out out well in the end but wanted to learn more about the characters as the story unfolded. I also learned more about lawyering.
Published 6 days ago by exhausted
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read
We knew where we were going and enjoyed the ride. A solid plot with some good descriptions and background around the main characters
Published 6 days ago by Gjohnhunt
4.0 out of 5 stars another compelling read
Again Grisham manages to draw you into the lives of the characters and really manages to make you care about the outcome read it in a day without even trying
Published 8 days ago by Mr P W Jones
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