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The Litigators by John Grisham

The Book:

Source for ‘The Book’ section : From Goodreads
The partners at Finley & Figg—all two of them—often refer to themselves as “a boutique law firm.” 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. 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. 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.

The View:

I used to be a big fan of John Grisham and by that I mean that I always had one book of his on my bedside table. But something changed and I slowly lost interest (a couple of poorly written plots probably). When I saw ‘The Litigators’ I knew this would be different and probably rekindle my “Grisham-obsession”.

John Grisham always manages to bring the legal world’s flaws and delights into the limelight and he has done an excellent job of that with this book. He showcases two different worlds here, on one side are the highly paid corporate lawyers who spend countless hours doing gruelling work and on the other side are the street lawyers who have nothing but a small office space and very few low-paying cases. There is a lot of humor in this plot, much more than he had in any of his previous books. The description that follows ‘The Boutique Firm’ is funny and the marketing strategies they use (like the Bingo card advertisements) made me laugh out loud. A few events and court room scenes are slightly unbelievable but it does not damper the plot’s rhythm or speed.

The characters are simple and plain, nothing complex. No one had the potential to leave a lasting impression on the reader except for Rochelle who has been ’employed’ with them more by an accident than by qualification. Narrations that have her in them are interesting and leaves you longing for more.

Rated a 4 on 5 for arousing my interest again in legal plots. This is a good read and will be liked by anyone who likes a packed plot.



One Response

  1. I loved the subplot with David and his case with Thuya. I didn’t like the characters of Oscar and Wally, they were just really annoying to me. Wish we could have seen more of the Hung Juror, though. He was extremely witty, in a way 🙂

    Good review! 🙂

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