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The litigators
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2011
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Characters
Oscar Finley (Male), Lawyer, Has worked with Wally for over twenty years; handles divorce and DIU cases; takes on a medical lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company
Wally Figg (Male), Lawyer, Has worked with Oscar for over twenty years; handles divorce and DIU cases; takes on a medical lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company
David Zinc (Male), Lawyer, Married, Walked away from his fast-track career at a fancy downtown firm; hired by Oscar and Wally' takes on a medical lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company
Genre
Fiction
Thriller
Legal
Topics
Lawyers
Male friendship
Drugs
Pharmaceutical industry
Lawsuits
Heart attack patients
Trials
Search for truth
Setting
Chicago, Illinois - Midwest (U.S.)
Illinois - Midwest (U.S.)
Time Period
2000's -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

Davis Zinc is a Harvard graduate and lawyer with a prestigious Chicago firm who "cracks up" after years of long hours, horrible bosses, and mind-numbing work. He unexpectedly finds himself employed by the ragtag firm of Finley & Figg and part of a major tort litigation with a large pharmaceutical company. The line between good and evil is more gray than in many of Grisham's previous novels. However, listeners will find themselves liking greedy, ambulance-chasing F&F-despite its lack of ethics-and hoping they can pull off the win against Varrick Labs. VERDICT Grisham makes the law seem interesting and accessible, yet it is the relationship among the characters, not the legal drama, that is this story's true heart. Audie Award winner Dennis Boutsikaris does an excellent job of portraying the offbeat characters. [The Doubleday hc, published in October, was a New York Times best seller.-Ed.]-Theresa Horn, St. Joseph Cty. P.L., South Bend, IN (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

When burnt-out lawyer David Zinc quits his job at a major corporate firm, a stress-induced nervous breakdown, heavy drinking, and the prospect of unemployment lead him to the doors of the seedy law firm of Finley & Figg and into the middle of a huge class action lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company that may be more than the partners at Finley & Figg can handle. Dennis Boutsikaris's narration is competent; he keeps the plot chugging along at an appropriate pace and shines in his portrayal of Zinc. He also effectively captures the over-the-top, ambulance-chasing banter of Zinc's new colleagues at the shady Finley & Figg. Yet when characters outside of Zinc's immediate orbit appear-particularly females and characters from varying ethnic backgrounds-the voices Boutsikaris creates begin to sound similar, amounting to some noticeable lost opportunities in a still enjoyable and highly entertaining audio. A Doubleday hardcover. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> Includes an excerpt of John Grisham's Calico Joe and a special preview of his upcoming novel The Racketeer .
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