June 29, 2011

The King of Torts by John Grisham

Title:  The King of Torts
Author:  John Grisham
Format:  HC
Pages:  375
Genre:  Legal Thriller
Publisher:  Doubleday, 2003
ISBN-13:  978-0385508049
Series:  Stand Alone

Favorite Quote:  "Nobody earns ten million dollars in six months, Clay.  You might win it, steal it, or have it drop out of the sky, but nobody earns money like that.  It's ridiculous and obscene.  I'm giving some back.  So is Paulette.  Not sure about Johan, but he'll come around."

Synopsis (Amazon):  The office of the public defender is not known as a training ground for bright young litigators. Clay Carter has been there too long and, like most of his colleagues, dreams of a better job in a real firm. When he reluctantly takes the case of a young man charged with a random street killing, he assumes it is just another of the many senseless murders that hit D.C. every week.

As he digs into the background of his client, Clay stumbles on a conspiracy too horrible to believe. He suddenly finds himself in the middle of a complex case against one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, looking at the kind of enormous settlement that would totally change his life—that would make him, almost overnight, the legal profession’s newest king of torts...

Review:  It's John Grisham.  Of course it's a great story.  Fast paced and exciting with plenty of courtroom drama, Mr. Grisham has never failed to deliver in any of the books I've read by him, and this is no exception.

I enjoyed the inside look into class action suits and the lawyers who file them.  It's amazing how little I know about these things, but Mr. Grisham makes it understandable.  It's hard to say whether the King of Torts was actually trying to do good or just trying to make money, but either way the story was almost impossible to put down.

The characters are believable.  Sometimes these stories can be very black and white, with the bad guys being obvious and the good guys at least mostly good.  This book has more shades of grey, which made for an interesting read.  I really enjoyed it.

Rating:  8.5 / 10

1 comment:

  1. Must be an enjoyable read The King of Torts by John Grisham. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and orignal, this book is going in by "to read" list.


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