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Name : The Litigators

Author: John Grisham

Genre : Legal Thriller

Pages : 436

Language: English

Publication Year: 2011

Is Review Spoiler: No

Movie based on this book : –

Awards :

Rating: 5/5

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The master of legal fiction is back!, this time with gripping legal thriller. The litigators is the first Grisham book which I liked much and had really fun reading it. I say it again ‘This is by far one of the best book by the greatest legal thriller writer of all time.”

In his latest installment, Grisham tells a story of the young Harvard pass-out lawyer who run from the well paid corporate job and found a new thrill in a ambulance-chaser law firm ‘Finely & Figg’. This firm has hell lot of problem with only two lawyers and one secretary and least of which is they don’t even have money to purchase a nice billboard advertisement instead they use BINGO cards for advertising there firm.

I have been Grisham’s biggest fan for many years, I loved his some awesome books like ‘The Firm’, ‘The Client’, ‘A Time To Kill’. If you recently started thinking after his few not so good books that Grisham won’t be coming up with the legal thriller like he used to, then this is a book for you. The story is so gripping that you won’t think for second for putting it aside.

The characters seem so alive with gripping story line and best legal thriller, a best work from Girsham. Highly recommended!I hate that I read this book so fast, I could have enjoyed it for few more days but this book so gripping and enthralling that you cannot even think to put it down!.

The characters are so alive – David Zinc, a young 33 year old, Harvard pass-out shows up at work one morning to prestigious law firm with 600 attorneys, where he works for fifteen hours a day, he freaks out in elevator and run out of the firm goes to nearest bar and spends whole day there and winds up at the doorsteps of Finely & Figg law firm asks for job.

Wally Figg – a second partner in Finely and Figg, who is drunk spend many months in rehab now in recovery, searches for clients in streets, hospital, funerals, and every where there is a chance of getting a client. One day, he winds up at the funeral office and meets the son of dead client who thinks his father died due to side effects of Krayoxx which is rumored to cause heart attacks Wally Figg believes he’s hit the jackpot.

Oscar Finely –  A senior partner, 65-year-old, cop turned lawyer, expert in divorce cases who thinks he waster 30 years of his life in ambulance-chasing law firm. He don’t have any thing in his bank balance and planning a divorce with his wife.

As the dreams of settlement fades away, the protagonist Zinc and his two litigators take the class action all the way to the federal court and face trial against the legal team led by the same company the protagonist left.

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.

Name : Chanakya’s Chant

Author : Ashwin Sanghi

Genre : Historical Fiction

Pages : 448

Language : English

Publication Year : 2010

Is Review Spoiler : No

Awards : It won the 2010 Vodafone Crossword Book Award

Rating : 3.5/5

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Chanakya’s Chant is the second book by Ashwin Sanghi after Rozabella Line which was written by Ashwin Sanghi with pseudonym Shawn Haigins. The style of writing is in similar lines with his last book, where modern-day events linked with the events occurred few thousand-year back.

The events in the book flips through the two events, one taking place in few thousand-year back another one taking place in modern india. The story revolvers around the Chanakya the great political strategist of ancient India and Gangasagar Mishra modern-day Chankya.

The theme in both the stories, first one Ashwin retells the story of Chankya and how he make Chandragupta Maurya the emperor of Magadha. In parallel the novel also tells the fictional tale of a Mishra from Uttar Pradesh, Gangasagar Mishra, who decides to mentor a little girl from Kanpur’s slums and groom her to become India’s Prime Minister.

The best part of the story is – the way author tied up the two stories running in different time with single theme (i.e., Chanakya). In one part he retells the story of Chanakya and about his strategies (Nithies) and in second part Mishra uses Chankya’s startgies to make a woman indian prime minister similarly as Chanakya did with Chandragupta Maurya (he made him the emperor of Magadha). Overall a nice read for any Historical fiction fan but don’t expect much from this one because most of you may know the first part of the story (Chanakya’s part).

The year is 340 BC. A hunted, haunted Brahmin youth vows revenge for the gruesome murder of his beloved father. Cold, calculating, cruel and armed with a complete absence of accepted morals, he becomes the most powerful political strategist in Bharat and succeeds in uniting a ragged country against the invasion of the army of that demigod, Alexander the Great. Pitting the weak edges of both forces against each other, he pulls off a wicked and astonishing victory and succeeds in installing Chandragupta on the throne of the mighty Mauryan empire.

History knows him as the brilliant strategist Chanakya. Satisfied—and a little bored—by his success as a kingmaker, through the simple summoning of his gifted mind, he recedes into the shadows to write his Arthashastra, the ‘science of wealth’. But history, which exults in repeating itself, revives Chanakya two and a half millennia later, in the avatar of Gangasagar Mishra, a Brahmin teacher in small town India who becomes puppeteer to a host of ambitious individuals—including a certain slum child who grows up into a beautiful and powerful woman.

Modern India happens to be just as riven as ancient Bharat by class hatred, corruption and divisive politics and this landscape is Gangasagar’s feasting ground. Can this wily pandit—who preys on greed, venality and sexual deviance—bring about another miracle of a united India? Will Chanakya’s chant work again?


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