Wednesday, October 26, 2011


The Litigators. By John Grisham (Received from BzzAgent)

The Office of Finley & Figg based in Chicago consist of senior partner Oscar Finley and junior partner Wally Figg who have been together for 20 years and secretary/office manager Rochelle Gibson.  While they call their firm "a boutique law firm" trying to inspire the image of a small exclusive law firm they are actually a couple of street lawyers whose specialties are ambulance chasing injuries cases and quickie divorces.  They barely meet their overhead while Oscar dreams of divorce and retirement and Wally dreams of a big get rich quick case.

David Zinc is a Harvard graduate that has specialized in international finance at a large law firm who snaps one day on his way into work.  He dives back into the elevator and escapes to a bar around the corner where he spends the day drinking and enjoying his minor breakdown.  When the bartender pores him into a cab David has no idea where he is going and ends up seeing an ad that leads him to the office of Finley & Figg where in his drunken haze he decides he needs to work though he has no idea how to be a street lawyer and absolutely no trial experience.

At the same time that David is joining Finley & Figg Wally has found what he thinks is a goldmine in a case against a Big Pharma company producing what may be a bad drug called Krayoxx.  Wally has visions of catching a ride on the coat tails of one of the big mass tort bars that specialize in drug cases against Big Pharma and drags Oscar and David into the melee with him.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable book to read and while not completely in John Grisham's normal writing style was one of his better works from my point of view.  There were various plot lines running through the main story line that keeps the reader engaged from page one.  The story gives a serious look at the various machinations lawyers and large companies engage in and the effect they can have on a person's life while still weaving humor throughout the story.  The characters are well developed and while not always likable they are always engaging.  I would recommend this story wholeheartedly to everyone who enjoys Legal Suspense and would suggest others to give it a try.

Question for my readers: What is your opinion about the numerous lawsuits that have popped up against the large Pharmaceutical companies or other large businesses in recent years?
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