The Litigators

The Litigators By John Grisham, The Litigators 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
  • Title: The Litigators
  • Author: John Grisham
  • ISBN: 9781444729702
  • Page: 193
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Litigators By John Grisham, 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 toThe 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, FF 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.
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    1. John Grisham

      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, and The Broker and all of them have become international bestsellers There are currently over 225 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 marks his first foray into non fiction.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 jur

    510 thoughts on “The Litigators”

    1. As a John Grisham fan , I was surprised to hear some early criticism of his latest book However, as I got deeper and deeper into the story, I am starting to understand This story has much humor in it than many of his previous books d that s good not bad.One can t help but chuckle at the law firm of Finley Figg They are the epitome of the storefront, ambulance chasing,divorces and DUI small time lawyers They have never been very successful and they are just about able to pay their bills each mon [...]

    2. Poor showing for JG I disliked it and I believe that JG did not write this some student or apprentice did There is a touch of the real JG in the main courtroom scene, but it is thin and too short I can t believe this is him that s all I can say I had the Audible version not the text Here is my Audible review Please let me rant Until the big courtroom scene, I do not believe the words of this book were written by JG I believe it was either a student s effort at mimicry or a formulaic software pro [...]

    3. 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 any and walks away And lands at the firm [...]

    4. When I first began reading John Grisham s The Litigators I was immediately drawn into it It s a must read book, if you enjoy the snappy witty charm of a young black woman keeping her older bosses together It begins with the plot centering on Wally, Oscar, and Rochelle then a short time later David who s personalities are as different as night and day Oscar, the senior partner in Finley and Figg law offices situated on the West Side of Chicago, is a conservative jaded attorney who prides himself [...]

    5. I won this book as a First Reads giveaway In high school, I loved John Grisham but haven t returned to him since reading The King of Torts as a college sopho I couldn t tell if my tastes had matured or his quality had diminished but I was not impressed at all and he s fallen off my radar since then In fact, I didn t realize he was back to writing legal fiction The Litigators started out rather promising it lacked the intensity of earlier Grishams but it was also surprisingly hilarious I enjoyed [...]

    6. gave up on John Grisham about 10 years ago when I was appalled at how horrible The Summons was What happened to the hard hitting author who had me on the edge of my seat and questioning the ever moving ethical line between right and wrong with his early novels A Time to Kill The Firm The Rainmaker I loved those books After a decade of abandonment, two things happened 1 I met Mr Grisham several times and determined he needed another chance and 2 I heard that The Litigators was a return to his roo [...]

    7. This is a most enjoyable book, about David Zinc, a lawyer who got fed up with his job in a huge, fancy law firm He got drunk, then joined up with a two man law firm that specialized in ambulance chasing, DUI s, and quick divorces This small firm had a weak grasp of ethical behavior Zinc suffers a spectacular drop in salary, but sees an unusual opportunity, and grabs it.Along comes the potential for a huge class action suit against a drug company Their drug, Krayoxx, seems to be in the spotlight, [...]

    8. Grisham Special And a Funny Lawyer Joke 3.75 stars Q What s the difference between a lawyer and a rooster A When a rooster wakes up in the morning, its primal urge is to cluck defiance Prior to reading this book a few years back, I d grown disillusioned with Grisham s books, the recent ones like The Brethren, a book as agonizing as absurd I thought perhaps he d worn out, bored out or his ideas petered out.For his first half dozen years, he stropped his writing skills on the legal profession, slu [...]

    9. It s interesting that I d read John Grisham s latest novel The Litigators just as the promotional blitz for the NBC series based on his first huge bestseller The Firm is kicking into gear Based on what I recall of The Firm and having read the latest Grisham offering, I honestly think the premise of The Litigators has far promise and potential as a weekly television series than The Firm does Of course, The Firm has name recognition and a Tom Cruise movie in its favor, so I can see why NBC might [...]

    10. 3.5 starsA tale of rats and mice On the one hand we have the smartly turned out, Harvard educated mice frantically scurrying on their wheel for hour after hour On the other hand we have the sewer rats who passed their bar exams only after some failed attempts These rats do what they can to survive, and if they have to chase ambulances to do so or grease outstretched palms, well so be it.One day at the wheel, mouse David Zinc has a bit of a crisis and escapes At the end of a long day of drinking, [...]

    11. This book was great.went through a bit of a ho hum section, but the ending was fantasticuldn t read it fast enough

    12. In the past, I have enjoyed John Grisham s novels, butThe Litigatorsdid not live up to the standards of Grisham s early novels likeA Time to KillorThe Firm , even some of his recent novels are better developed in plot, characters, and conflict thanThe Litigators At firstThe Litigatorsseems ridiculous, lawyers running after or causing car accidents, but then the story picks up when David Zinc begins to look into the lead poisoning of a young, Burmese boy whose name escapes me right now This is w [...]

    13. This is another entertaining read from John Grisham A young lawyer, David Zinc, cracks one morning under the strain of his job at a top Chicago firm On arriving at work, instead of marching dutifully to his desk, he leaps back into the elevator, runs out to the street and soon finds himself in a bar where he spends the rest of the day drinking himself into oblivion Hours later, David stumbles out of the bar and into a cab and then finds himself on the doorstep of the law firm of Finley and Figg [...]

    14. Why this book should probably have never been published 1 Characters all were of dubious intelligence, and no one likes an idiot A villain, maybe, or a nice, vengeful antagonist, but not a moron let alone three of them.2 Overt sexualization of the one female character Must we describe her attire and 4 inch stilettos every time she enters the courtroom 3 Eye rollingly yes, that s a word predictable plot, from the boring Krayoxx case to the I didn t see that coming Oh wait, yes I did sub plot.4 Fa [...]

    15. This is a look at the underbelly of law, at both ends of the spectrum At one end you have the corporate sharks, hired guns of the big boys of business and finance At the other end you have the ambulance chasers,willing to sue anyone anything that will increase the size of their wallets Somewhere in between you have the rare minority that actually practice law as it should be At first I was put off by the greasy spoon feeling given off by the high and low end lawyers But slowly I became invested [...]

    16. Delightful, humorous, sometimes exciting, lots of the fascinating legal detail that is Grisham s trademark lawyers working hard, falling short and succeeding much greed and some surprising altruism Definitely an enjoyable read.

    17. Not sure why I bothered except it came in off the hold list at the library and I wanted a change of pace I held on to the end because I knew there would be some sort of redemption, but mostly it was insufferable stuff about the short sighted greed of, in this case, plaintiffs personal injury lawyers Now on to Bernie Madoff and The Wizard of Lies No nonfiction for the greediness there

    18. 3.5 If not for the mistakes with Chicago locations, and I expected better research from Grisham, this book would have been a solid 4 That said I did enjoy the story and the fantastic characters

    19. An enjoyable romp Occasionally I overdose on epic fantasy and need something to clear the cobwebs This did the trick Not Grisham s best but not his worst either.

    20. Legal disclaimer I have never listened to an audio book before I have never read a John Grisham book before I have never read a courtroom legal book before I am not a lawyer I do have some good lawyer jokes though.With all that out of the way let me say I enjoyed the heck out of this audio book and it served me well on long car trips.Right off the bat Dennis Boutsikaris does a very nice job with the audio portion of this audio book He has a nice cadence, great inflections, and does a wonderful j [...]

    21. I haven t touched a John Grisham novel since the summer of 2008 After a good stint where I read and enjoyed over a half dozen of his works, The Appeal stopped me cold That book was so incredibly anti corporation and its characters were so unbelievably stereotypical with the valiant and poor lawyers fighting against those evil and selfish corporate overlords I couldn t make it through it In fact, I didn t want to believe Grisham wrote it I couldn t get rid of the book quick enough.With that said, [...]

    22. I like to think that when it comes to reading, everyone has a guilty pleasure, whether it s a genre, a series, or an author Mine might be John Grisham books I actually really like Grisham books, I have for just about as long as I ve liked books at all Aside from having an identifiable writing style and having created a genre legal thrillers , I actually think that Grisham is a pretty good writer My best evidence of this would be some of his recent efforts, like Playing for Pizza a washed up NFL [...]

    23. This is my first time reading a John Grisham novel Based on what I read from book reviews here in wherein sometimes reviewers compared authors or they sometimes mentioned their favorite authors, I had this idea that John Grisham wrote serious novels I m surprised to find out that this one was not a serious type of novel, but of a light and humorous one For me it is a light reading wherein you can read and enjoy it and not be stressed out compared to Jodi Picoult s There are parts that for me ar [...]

    24. It has been a long time since I have read a really good John Grisham novel, most likely due to the fact that it s been so long since he s actually written a really good novel I read his first four, became a devoted fan until somewhere around The Brethren and it s been a pretty steady downward spiral ever since But The Litigators sounded and just felt like his usual style I loved, sometimes hated, the characters and was so glad that there was that redemptive quality at the end that was missing i [...]

    25. The Litigators by John Grisham is an entertaining read You expect legal ease language but you also get a plot that is centred around well developed characters The characters, especially David are likeable and realistic Grisham has sprinkled humour throughout this novel.

    26. While he has had a few less than stellar books of late, Grisham delivers with a stong story steeped in legal jargon in this latest novel I was hooked from page one and remain baffled at how he can write so fluidly about all sorts of legal topics.While we have seen Grisham delve into the litigious side of the law in past thrillers, this one takes on a new angle Introduce the young, wet behind the ears, lawyer out to make the world his oyster Add some legal issue that begs for notice and justice a [...]

    27. The Litigators is similar to the Rainmaker in that the story lines both concern a small ambulance chasing law firm taking on a big evil corporation, in this case a pharmaceutical company The Litigators however, has a much lighter tone then most of Grisham s previous work I get the feeling that this was a style change that he was experimenting with, but I have to say that as a reader it didn t come off very well In the beginning the humor felt forced and left me wondering if I should continue, lu [...]

    28. When you pick a book from renowned author, one book is certain Expect the unexpected, although in this book it is true up to some extent Litigators is undoubtedly funny quirk book, some of the incidents can really give u good laugh even now also i am laughing at the incidents occurred in the book When i pick a book from Agatha Christie, Sidney Sheldon or John Grisham i expect the book to be fast paced, on the contrary this is quite a slow book, you have to wait for a spell to know the plot once [...]

    29. Interesting enough but it lacked a powerful story line which you find in early Grisham works Not one of his best.

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