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The Litigators [Kindle Edition]

John Grisham
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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)

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 & Stoughton (25 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à 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 (569 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,519 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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21 of 21 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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179 of 185 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable... 28 Oct. 2011
By FictionFan TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
After the disappointment, as reviewed, of John Grisham's `the Associates', I did tend towards the belief that Mr. Grisham had perhaps lost his writing `edge', a problem not unknown in the creative world.

But my interest and admiration for this craftsman has been rekindled by his latest offering, `The Litigators' because in that novel, Mr, Grisham is back on top form. His dialogue is crisp, and in places extremely funny.

His plotlines were brought from real life, his writing about the small boy, damaged beyond all help by a negligent toy manufacturer is both real and understanding; his characters weren't cardboard cut-outs, but real, imperfect human beings.

I liked the manner of his hero's awakening to the drone-like truth of his existence, and especially the scenes in Abner's bar, with one of the strangest walk-on parts ever crafted being the 93 year-old millionairess who just liked getting sozzled.

A triumphant return to the best-seller listings from this wordsmith and craftsman
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A return to form ! 13 Nov. 2011
By fivestarfrankie VINE VOICE
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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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A formula that's starting to feel very hackneyed 17 April 2014
By Bookwoman TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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No need to explain John Grisham: you always know what you're going to get from this master of the legal thriller. And all credit to him for still keeping at it - with his success rate, he probably could have retired to his own Caribbean island years ago!
Over the years he's provided me with some good holiday reads, but I have to disagree with all the glowing reviews and say that, in my opinion, this isn't one of his best.
It started well, and although it's a familiar formula - will the ill-assorted team of ambulance-chasers win out against the evil giant corporation (in this case, Big Pharma at its worst)? - with a sprinkling of the old Grisham magic, it could have worked.
But it needed a far more focussed plot, for a start. Halfway through the book, bogged down in all the description and litigation detail, I was still waiting for something to happen. And then another plot about lead in toys popped up from out of the blue, as if he felt he needed to up the heartwarming factor.
There was a complete lack of characters to root for, too, which is always vital in these stories. These are all stereotypes I've met many times before, from the ageing, boozy hacks to the hard-nosed but sexy female lawyer in head-to-toe Prada. And because he likes to dwell on how fat and useless the cholesterol drug victims are, it was very hard to care.
Then the disillusioned but clever, hardworking and honest young gun produces a solution from out of nowhere, all the loose ends are tied up and it all ends happily.
I've read worse, but I never felt engaged with this book at all. Very disappointing.
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Once again Grisham held me enthralled.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent book sums it up. It is full of interesting characters, humour and a good story line.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The litigators
Excellent read. Just another in a long line of masterpieces by John Grisham. Credit where it's due. The book is addictive from start to finish
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from Grisham
A riveting read. The characters are well rounded and almost familiar in that their characteristics are very real. Good ending if somewhat abrupt. Hoping there is a sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Grisham as good as ever
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