Monday, November 7, 2011

Book Review - "The Litigators" by John Grisham

John Grisham returns to form with The Litigators. I liked The Associate, which I thought was more like his early books, but I wasn't impressed with The Confession after it. However, this latest is more like the Grisham I remember.

David Zinc has a panic attack on the way to his high-powered, specialized job as an attorney with a huge law firm in Chicago, and ends up spending the day getting drunk. He stumbles across the tiny firm of Finley & Figg and manages to get himself a new job there. Partner Wally Figg smells money when he hears of a drug that might be connected to several deaths, and he ends up dragging Oscar Finley and David into the mess. They have no case, but Wally refuses to back down. David ends up having to face the pharmaceutical company in court, though he has no experience.

Meanwhile, David and his wife have befriended a Burmese family whose son has ingested poisonous levels of lead from a toy. David takes it upon himself to track down the manufacturer and distributor and discovers in the process that he actually enjoys litigation.

Grisham brings his experience as a lawyer to this new novel, explaining the workings of the federal court system and how a tiny law firm could get in over its head. David is young and hard-working, and he's easy to root for. Besides the main story of the bad drug is the sideline of David working on behalf of the Burmese family. It feels like Grisham took his time to plot out this book, and the read is enjoyable. If you've stopped reading Grisham for a while, give The Litigators a try as Grisham seems to back to his old, legal-thrilling self.


  1. Didn't find this book interesting at all.

  2. Anything in particular you didn't like? Are/were you a Grisham reader? He definitely has some good books and some stinkers.

  3. The Litigators is, in my opinion, one of Grisham's better books in recent years. Is it great literature? If you've read any of Grisham's books, you know the answer to that question is definitely not. However, The Litigators is a highly entertaining, often humorous, at times suspenseful book that is filled with interesting characters involved in situations that makes you want to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next.

    Without going into a lot of detail, The Litigators involves the law firm of Finley & Finn, a seedy operation that for the past twenty years or so has specialized in quickie divorces, DUIs and, of course, auto accidents; and is constantly on the lookout for the case that will change their lives. This change starts to come about when a young, Harvard-educated lawyer burned out from his high-paying job at a major law firm stumbles -- literally stumbles -- into the firm of Finley & Figg.

    I won't say more about the plot, which can be learned about from the Book Description page above. I just want to leave you with the opinion that The Litigators is filled with the kind of interesting characters, courtroom strategies, theatrics, humor and surprises readers have come to expect from Grisham when he is at the top of his game.