The Appeal by John Grisham

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In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town’s water supply, causing the worst “cancer cluster” in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict—or reverse it. 

The chemical company is owned by a Wall Street predator named Carl Trudeau, and Mr. Trudeau is convinced the Court is not friendly enough to his interests. With judicial elections looming, he decides to try to purchase himself a seat on the Court. The cost is a few million dollars, a drop in the bucket for a billionaire like Mr. Trudeau. Through an intricate web of conspiracy and deceit, his political operatives recruit a young, unsuspecting candidate. They finance him, manipulate him, market him, and mold him into a potential Supreme Court justice. Their Supreme Court justice.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grisham's The Litigators.

About John Grisham

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Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year (his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, and The Broker) and all of them have become international bestsellers. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marks his first foray into non-fiction. Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.
Published January 1, 2008 by Delta Trade. 498 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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John Grisham sticks with his formula in his latest legal thriller, while making an important point about how the justice system is threatened by big-money gutter politics.

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Since so much of what happens here involves legal maneuvering in Mississippi, as have many of his other books, Mr. Grisham knows just how these games are played.

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Publishers Weekly

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A Mississippi jury returns a $41-million verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping carcinogenic waste into a small town's water supply. The company's ruthless billionaire CEO

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Book Reporter

After a two-book hiatus, John Grisham has returned to the genre that regularly places him on bestseller lists: the courtroom thriller.

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Entertainment Weekly

And The Appeal, Grisham's new legal thriller, is one of the more sobering books this election year.

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The Bookbag

Summary: In a small town in Mississippi, a jury finds the Krane Chemical Corporation of causing many cases of cancer due to dumping toxic waste in the small town of Bowmore.

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USA Today

He has vowed those "ignorant people" won't get a dime of his money.Meanwhile, he's spending millions of his billions on his vapid trophy wife, junk art and most important, electing a limited-liability justice to the Mississippi Supreme Court who will deny Jeannette's monetary award on appeal.As a...

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Making a move that is guaranteed to delight his fans, John Grisham returns to form with his first legal thriller in three years, The Appeal.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Janet Maslin Washington Post 3.5 of 5 Stars "Despite cardboard characters and broad sweeps of malevolent action from Big Business, an affecting moral comes through in The Appeal.

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For years, Krane Chemical dumped chemical toxins into the water supply of Bowmore, Mississippi, causing major illnesses and deaths from cancer to rise significantly.

Jan 02 2009 | Read Full Review of The Appeal

Once again, Grisham has woven an intricate and creative plot that keeps you turning the pages, rooting for the white hats against the black hats in a novel that focuses on the way a judicial election can be bought by corporate bigwigs -- the guys with yachts, private jets and $100 bills oozing fr...

Mar 06 2008 | Read Full Review of The Appeal

Reading the blurb on the cover of this audio book in the Warren County Library, I thought a legal thriller might provide some insights into the contentious politics of the past weeks.

Mar 31 2011 | Read Full Review of The Appeal

The book has drive, it has twists, it shows knowledge about the legal process and the legal communities – trial lawyers, judges, special interest groups.

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Other recommended books by the same author: Phantom: Chainfire Trilogy, Part 2 (Sword of Truth, Book 10), Chainfire: Chainfire Trilogy, Part 1 (Sword of Truth, Book 9).

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