The Litigators

The Litigators

[a Novel]

Audiobook CD - 2011
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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.

The Litigators is a tremendously entertaining romp, filled with the kind of courtroom strategies, theatrics, and suspense that have made John Grisham America's favorite storyteller.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2011
ISBN: 9780307941510
Branch Call Number: AB GRIS
Characteristics: 5 compact discs (ca. 6 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Boutsikaris, Dennis

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boook2
Mar 31, 2017

I loved this book. I'm a big fan of John Grisham anyway and this book certainly did not disappoint. I actually looked forward to my commute every day. The characters are likeable, with their usual shortcomings. Very entertaining. Being familiar with the big corporate law firms, I was rooting for David Zinc all the way!

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bookpusher
Oct 09, 2014

Nothing really spectacular happens and the reader was a little monotone, but it was an okay book

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paisano
Apr 24, 2014

Not one of my favorite Grisham books, although there were a few chuckles in the story that were memorable. The story line is believable, but got a little boring in the middle. I did like the way he wrapped things up, nice and neat!!

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c210flyer
Aug 30, 2012

Grisham did a very good job with crafting this one. 9 of 10 for me.

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Heyst
Jun 26, 2012

What a find. I liked the early Grisham, but then later novels seemed like tired retreads, phoned in, flat. (Similar to other best selling authors like Paretsky--just seem churned out after awhile) But this is hilarious Grisham. Great dialogue. Reminds me of Wolfe's Bonfire or Hiaasen's farces. I listen to tons of audio books and this is the first laugh-out-loud.

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clarap
Mar 27, 2012

Interesting book, different from the usual style it has humor in it and shows how simple lawyers can make mistakes by of the cuff comments. Enjoyed the book.

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lpreston214
Dec 20, 2011

David Zinc, an escapee from a high-buck billing factory type of law firm (a Grisham staple) joins the low rent firm of a couple of street lawyers in this entertaining story. Inexperienced in mass torts they jump on the band wagon to try sue a huge pharmaceutical company for a cholesterol reducing drug they claim causes heart problems. One hitch, the company's had plenty of lawsuits in the past for bad drugs but there's nothing wrong with this one. In a side story, David pursues another lawsuit against a toy company for lead poisoning. The book contrasts a so-called frivolous lawsuit with a grimly legitimate one. Some of the characters are just caricatures, but I enjoyed this novel very much. Enhanced by a great reading by the talented Boutsikaris.

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