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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 : The Broker

Author: John Grisham

Genre : Suspense Thriller

Pages : 368

Language: English

Publication Year: January 11, 2005

Is Review Spoiler: No

Awards :

Movie based on this book :

Rating: 3/5 —————————————————————————————————————————

The Broker is a suspense novel written by American author John Grisham published in the United States on January 11, 2005. This novel is not like other John Grishams novels, this novel is not a legal fiction this is suspense thriller. This novel revolves around Joel Backman, a newly pardoned prisoner, who once know as “the Broker”- a Washington power broker-lobbyist.

John Grisham is known for his legal fiction/thrillers, his books like ‘The Client’, ‘Time to kill’, ‘The Firm’ and many more are loved by millions of fans all over the world. As a John Grisham fan, I love his legal fiction but this book different this is not the usual John Grisham-ishy book. After reading few John Grisham’s book I noticed that he lets the reader down with a ‘well let’s finish it’ kind of ending.

This novel has pretty good pace, character development is also very good as usual but the ending of this novel is not good. And another problem of this book is Italian language, architecture, cuisine, fashion, coffee etc. He put too much Italien details in this novel, it felt some times like I am reading Italian travelogue and coffee diary and also there are many dangling plotlines in this book.

In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems Backman, in his power broker heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world’s most sophisticated satellite surveillance system.

Backman is quietly smuggled out of the country in a military cargo plane, given a new name, a new identity, and a new home in Italy. Eventually, after he has settled into his new life, the CIA will leak his whereabouts to the Israelis, the Russians, the Chinese, and the Saudis. Then the CIA will do what it does best: sit back and watch. The question is not whether Backman will survive—there is no chance of that. The question the CIA needs answered is, who will kill him?

I will recommend this book for only John Grisham’s fans.

Theodore Boone : Kid Lawyer is the young fiction novel by John Grisham, this book is for specially 10-15 year old and also for adults who love John Grisham’s legal fiction.

Theodore Boone or Theo Boone is 8th Grade student, who’s father is a lawyer and mother is also a divorce lawyer and his uncle was also lawyer and his grand father was also a lawyer, technically speaking the whole Boone family was full of lawyers. No surprise that, Theo also wants to become lawyer or judge, he is not sure, whether to become a lawyer or judge.

Theo in his class is well knows as legal adviser for kids as well as for adults, this where Grisham Shines, because he will make you believe that kid can know law better than adults and other lawyers. Theo gives free advice to all his class mates and teachers free of charge, he like only one class, that is Government, he want to spend much time in Court than in School.

Theodore Boone

Theodore Boone

Theo delivers free lectures to all the class mates on Criminal Law, Family Law and Foreclosure law. I think this an attempt by Grisham to make kids aware of the American law and he does it very well in this novel.

The main plot line of this book is the murder trial at Strattenburg after many years and every one excited about this and wants to see the trial. When his father and teacher refuses to send him to the court, he hacks into the courts computer and reads the updates about the case on daily bases.

Theo suddenly found himself in middle of the biggest murder trial in Strattenburg’s history. Can he solve the mystery?

I really disappointed by the ending of the book, the murder mystery is not full suspense, you can easily guess. I think he (John Grisham) is going to make the series out of it. I will recommend this for Kids and those who loves John Grisham’s Legal Fiction, though this not one of his best work, but you will enjoy it.

I am giving it : 3.5/5.


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