LITIGATORS, John Grisham

An ambulance-chasing law firm that smacks of real-life possibility. Arguably not one of Grisham’s best, but the story will hold your attention.

The partners at Finley & Figg often refer to themselves as a “boutique law firm.” Boutique, as in chic, selective, and prosperous. Oscar Finley and Wally Figg are none of these things. They are a two-bit operation of ambulance chasers who bicker like an old married couple. Until change comes their way—or, more accurately, stumbles in. After leaving a fast-track career and going on a serious bender, David Zinc is sober, unemployed, and desperate enough to take a job at Finley & Figg.

Now the firm is ready to tackle a case that could make the partners rich—without requiring them to actually practise much law. A class-action suit has been brought against Varrick Labs, a pharmaceutical giant with annual sales of $25 billion, alleging that Krayoxx, its most popular drug, causes heart attacks. Wally smells money. All Finley & Figg has to do is find a handful of Krayoxx users to join the suit. It almost seems too good to be true . . . and it is.

Richard says
If you enjoy reading stories based on lawyers, their trials and tribulations, then read this book. It will have you believing such law firms must exist, and this particular one is deserving of your sympathy.

As always, Grisham writes a polished and perfected story. It reads well from start to finish. The plot has its expected little twists and turns, probable, believable and somewhat predictable. No matter, it’s still a good story written well and engaging in readability.

I recommend it for a rainy day, back-porch reading. If you want depth, sophistication and complexity, give this one a pass. Otherwise, it is a very good read.


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