22 Feb 2021

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Book Review / The Litigators by John Grisham

The partners at Finley & Figg—all two of them—often refer to themselves as “a boutique law firm.” Boutique, as in chic, selective, and prosperous. They are, of course, none of these things. What they are is a two-bit operation always in search of their big break, ambulance chasers who’ve been in the trenches much too long making way too little. Their specialties, so to speak, are quickie divorces and DUIs, with the occasional jackpot of an actual car wreck thrown in. 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. More accurately, it stumbles in. 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. An extremely popular drug, Krayoxx, the number one cholesterol reducer for the dangerously overweight, produced by Varrick Labs, a giant pharmaceutical company with annual sales of $25 billion, has recently come under fire after several patients taking it have suffered heart attacks. Wally smells money.

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.

And it is.

Published:     25th October 2011
Publisher:  Hodder & Stoughton
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Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone

Source: Owned




I can't tell you how much fun I had reading this book.  Although I do and have thoroughly enjoyed each and every book written by John Grisham, there are always a select few that stand out that little big higher than excellent.  This is one of those. 

We follow David Zinc in this story who is tired and stressed at his high powered city law firm job, so he quits and decides to join the small law firm of Finley & Figg.  We then follow David and his colleagues as they investigate and pull together a case relating to a popular drug that could be affecting people adversely and even possibly killing them. 

What made this book great to me was the characters, without a doubt.  You have David who struggled at the start but soon learns to stand on his own feet.  He is the responsible one.  You then have Finley & Figg, lawyers who one is certainly more carefree than the other and one is unhappy in his life and should make a change.  You also have the office manager who is definately a larger than life character and cerrtainly one that was needed in a law firm like that!

Amazing read.  Please do pick it up and read it!!!