Review * The Litigators by John Grisham

January 11, 2012 Reviews 0 ★★★

Review * The Litigators by John GrishamThe Litigators by John Grisham
Published by Doubleday on October 25, 2011
Genres: Adult, Legal Thriller
Pages: 385
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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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.

What I Thought…

I haven’t read a Grisham book in a long time.  I fell in love with Grisham’s books sometime in the mid 90’s and blew through them, but his recent books haven’t been quite as good.  This book was back on the right track, though it was heavier on the law and lighter on the action.  Wally Figg’s antics and dreams (which are clearly delusions) add a nice touch of humor to the book.  While I wish that the plot of the book was more along the lines of A Time To Kill or The Client I enjoyed all the main characters, especially David Zinc.

I wished that the first and second plotlines were reversed.  I found the second story to be more intriguing and I was more curious about the Nasty Teeth than the Krayoxx.  The Nasty Teeth case involved a family and a sick child rather than lawyers and a few minor participants in that were in the Krayoxx case.

I know that this is a work of fiction but it is still interesting to learn some of the ins and outs of litigation.  It’s amazing at what both sides will do to ensure a victory.


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