The Litigators by John Grisham


12 Critic Reviews

The Litigators is painted with light colours...And there are times when you'll actually laugh out loud.
-Globe and Mail


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 practice 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.

Includes an excerpt of John Grisham’s Calico Joe and a special preview of his upcoming novel The Racketeer .

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 October 25, 2011 by Dell. 401 pages
Genres: Other, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Political & Social Sciences, Crime. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
Peak Rank on Nov 13 2011
Weeks as Bestseller
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All: 12 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 3


Jan 01 2012

He writes with good humor, mostly, but with some calculating nastiness as well ...Grisham’s latest is a hoot

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Reviewed by Alison Flood on Nov 12 2011

This is Grisham in Chicago, out of his southern comfort zone and revealing a hitherto-unsuspected wicked sense of humour. The Litigators is all the better for it.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Oct 24 2011

Some readers may feel the fairy tale ending clashes with the dark humor of the opening

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Book Reporter

Reviewed by Stuart Shiffman on Aug 09 2011

It telegraphs much of the plot but remains an enjoyable and entertaining novel that points out the foibles of the justice system from top to bottom.

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Globe and Mail

Reviewed by LARRY ORENSTEIN on Nov 04 2011

The Litigators is painted with light colours...And there are times when you'll actually laugh out loud.

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The Washington Post

Reviewed by Louis Bayard on Oct 21 2011

And if you think you know where this is heading . . . yes, you do, and no, you don’t, because Grisham swerves clear of the usual melodramatic devices.

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USA Today

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Reviewed by Carol Memmott on Oct 24 2011

Even his highly entertaining series for kids starring kid lawyer Theodore Boone has more suspense and more compelling characters than The Litigators.

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Reviewed by Robin Callender Smith on Oct 30 2011

...The Litigators is vintage Grisham: a page-turner that would lend itself perfectly to a film.

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Reviewed by Mary McReynolds on Nov 13 2011

Strap in for a bouncy ride refreshingly told with sparse profanity, and enjoy a blockbuster you can't put down.

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Reviewed by Andrea Simakis on Oct 24 2011

As with so many best-selling thrillers, style takes a back seat to getting the story on the page.

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The Times of India

Reviewed by Anwesha Mittra on Nov 02 2012 is an enjoyable and entertaining read, one which is filled with the usual Grisham style of courtroom strategies, dry humour and suspense.

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Onyx Reviews

Reviewed by Bev Vincent

This could have been a cookie-cutter entry in the Grisham oeuvre, but it isn't: it's an experiment that, for the most part, works exactly as the author intended.

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