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The litigators
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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Trade Reviews

  Library Journal Review

Narrated by Scott Brick, Grisham's latest legal thriller will be released simultaneously with the Doubleday print (Random House Audio will handle the retail edition), which has a 1.5 million-copy first printing, so this is expected to be another monster. Plan accordingly. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Grisham's entertaining modern-day legal thriller offers a bitingly farcical look at lawyers at the bottom of the food chain. David Zinc, an associate at a Chicago mega-firm who's sick of the sweatshop he's been laboring in for five years, flees the office one morning and ends up spending all day in a bar. Soon after the bartender finally kicks him out, Zinc spots an ad on a city bus for a firm of ambulance-chasers, Finley & Figg, and resolves to join their hapless practice. Meanwhile, Wally Figg, one of Finley & Figg's two partners, thinks he's found a goldmine after learning that a client who died recently was taking an anti-cholesterol drug called Krayoxx. Zinc, who has zero litigation experience, aids Finley & Figg, who likewise lack litigation experience, in filing suit against the huge pharmaceutical company that produces Krayoxx. Grisham (The Confession) makes Zinc's personal transformation more convincing than his professional one. Some readers may feel the fairy tale ending clashes with the dark humor of the opening. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
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.
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