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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 ...more
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Published 2012 by Penguin (first published January 1st 2011)
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Stephen
Nov 25, 2011 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a John Grisham fan , I was surprised to hear some early criticism of his latest book. However, as I got deeper and deeper into the story, I am starting to understand. This story has much more humor in it than many of his previous books ......and that's good not bad.
One can't help but chuckle at the law firm of Finley & Figg. They are the epitome of the storefront, ambulance chasing,divorces and DUI small time lawyers. They have never been very successful and they are just about able to
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Patricia Kurz
Poor showing for JG.. I disliked it and I believe that JG did not write this.. some student or apprentice did. There is a touch of the real JG in the main courtroom scene, but it is thin and too short. I can't believe this is him. that's all I can say. I had the Audible version - not the text. Here is my "Audible.com review"

Please let me rant: Until the big courtroom scene, I do not believe the words of this book were written by JG. I believe it was either a student's effort at mimicry or a form
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Will Saunders
May 02, 2016 Will Saunders rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first began reading John Grisham’s The Litigators I was immediately drawn into it. It's a must-read book, if you enjoy the snappy witty charm of a young black woman keeping her older bosses together.

It begins with the plot centering on Wally, Oscar, and Rochelle – then a short time later David – who’s personalities are as different as night and day. Oscar, the senior partner in Finley and Figg law offices situated on the West Side of Chicago, is a conservative jaded attorney who prides h
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Luanne Ollivier
Nov 11, 2011 Luanne Ollivier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, I had great plans to jot down some notes and quotes to share with you about John Grisham's newest book - The Litigators. Yeah, that didn't happen.... because it ended up being a non stop read for me - I picked it up on a Sunday morning and turned the last page late (late) that night.

I was hooked from the opening pages. David Zinc has toiled away at a prestigious law firm in relative obscurity for the last five years. Until the morning he realizes he can't do it anymore and walks away. And
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Dimity
I won this book as a First Reads giveaway. In high school, I loved John Grisham but haven’t returned to him since reading The King of Torts as a college sophomore. I couldn’t tell if my tastes had matured or his quality had diminished but I was not impressed at all and he’s fallen off my radar since then. (In fact, I didn’t realize he was back to writing legal fiction.) The Litigators started out rather promising; it lacked the intensity of earlier Grishams but it was also surprisingly hilarious ...more
Nicole R
gave up on John Grisham about 10 years ago when I was appalled at how horrible The Summons was! What happened to the hard-hitting author who had me on the edge of my seat and questioning the ever-moving ethical line between right and wrong with his early novels? A Time to Kill. The Firm. The Rainmaker. I loved those books.

After a decade of abandonment, two things happened: 1) I met Mr. Grisham several times and determined he needed another chance and 2) I heard that The Litigators was a return
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Perry
Jun 28, 2016 Perry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grisham Special (And a Funny Lawyer Joke) [[3.75 stars]]
Q: What's the difference between a lawyer and a rooster?
A: When a rooster wakes up in the morning, its primal urge is to cluck defiance.
Prior to reading this book a few years back, I'd grown disillusioned with Grisham's books, the recent ones like The Brethren, a book as agonizing as absurd. I thought perhaps he'd worn out, bored out or his ideas petered out.

For his first half-dozen years, he stropped his writing skills on the legal profe
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David
Nov 30, 2015 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to David by: Dianne
Shelves: fiction, audiobook
This is a most enjoyable book, about David Zinc, a lawyer who got fed up with his job in a huge, fancy law firm. He got drunk, then joined up with a two-man law firm that specialized in ambulance chasing, DUI's, and quick divorces. This small firm had a weak grasp of ethical behavior. Zinc suffers a spectacular drop in salary, but sees an unusual opportunity, and grabs it.

Along comes the potential for a huge class action suit against a drug company. Their drug, Krayoxx, seems to be in the spotli
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Michael
Dec 12, 2011 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
It's interesting that I'd read John Grisham's latest novel The Litigators just as the promotional blitz for the NBC series based on his first huge bestseller The Firm is kicking into gear. Based on what I recall of The Firm and having read the latest Grisham offering, I honestly think the premise of The Litigators has far more promise and potential as a weekly television series than The Firm does. (Of course, The Firm has name recognition and a Tom Cruise movie in its favor, so I can see why NBC ...more
Marita
Jul 03, 2015 Marita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-legal, 2015
3.5 stars

A tale of rats and mice. On the one hand we have the smartly turned out, Harvard educated mice frantically scurrying on their wheel for hour after hour. On the other hand we have the sewer rats who passed their bar exams only after some failed attempts. These rats do what they can to survive, and if they have to chase ambulances to do so or grease outstretched palms, well so be it.

One day at the wheel, mouse David Zinc has a bit of a crisis and escapes. At the end of a long day of drink
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Cheri
Nov 07, 2011 Cheri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great....went through a bit of a ho-hum section, but the ending was fantastic...couldn't read it fast enough!!!!
Melodie
This is a look at the underbelly of law, at both ends of the spectrum. At one end you have the corporate sharks, hired guns of the big boys of business and finance. At the other end you have the ambulance chasers,willing to sue anyone/anything that will increase the size of their wallets. Somewhere in between you have the rare minority that actually practice law as it should be.
At first I was put off by the greasy spoon feeling given off by the high and low end lawyers. But slowly I became inv
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Emma
Mar 26, 2016 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable romp. Occasionally I overdose on epic fantasy and need something to clear the cobwebs. This did the trick! Not Grisham's best but not his worst either.
Mike
Dec 02, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Legal disclaimer: I have never listened to an audio book before. I have never read a John Grisham book before. I have never read a courtroom/legal book before. I am not a lawyer. I do have some good lawyer jokes though.

With all that out of the way let me say I enjoyed the heck out of this audio book and it served me well on long car trips.

Right off the bat Dennis Boutsikaris does a very nice job with the audio portion of this audio book. He has a nice cadence, great inflections, and does a wonde
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Erin
Jun 25, 2012 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In the past, I have enjoyed John Grisham's novels, but The Litigators did not live up to the standards of Grisham's early novels like A Time to Kill or The Firm , even some of his more recent novels are better developed in plot, characters, and conflict than The Litigators .

At first The Litigators seems ridiculous, lawyers running after (or causing) car accidents, but then the story picks up when David Zinc begins to look into the lead poisoning of a young, Burmese boy (whose name escap
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Katie
Nov 08, 2011 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Why this book should probably have never been published:

1. Characters all were of dubious intelligence, and no one likes an idiot. A villain, maybe, or a nice, vengeful antagonist, but not a moron - let alone three of them.

2. Overt sexualization of the one female character. Must we describe her attire and 4-inch stilettos every time she enters the courtroom?

3. Eye-rollingly (yes, that's a word) predictable plot, from the boring Krayoxx case to the "I didn't see that coming! Oh wait, yes I did."
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Gaylen
Feb 12, 2012 Gaylen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not sure why I bothered except it came in off the hold list at the library and I wanted a change of pace. I held on to the end because I knew there would be some sort of redemption, but mostly it was insufferable stuff about the short-sighted greed of, in this case, plaintiffs' personal injury lawyers. Now on to Bernie Madoff and The Wizard of Lies. No nonfiction for the greediness there!
Lewis Weinstein
Delightful, humorous, sometimes exciting, lots of the fascinating legal detail that is Grisham's trademark ... lawyers working hard, falling short and succeeding ... much greed and some (surprising) altruism ... Definitely an enjoyable read.
Kerry Nietz
Jan 08, 2012 Kerry Nietz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t touched a John Grisham novel since the summer of 2008. After a good stint where I read and enjoyed over a half dozen of his works, “The Appeal” stopped me cold. That book was so incredibly anti-corporation and its characters were so unbelievably stereotypical—with the valiant and poor lawyers fighting against those evil and selfish corporate overlords—I couldn’t make it through it. In fact, I didn’t want to believe Grisham wrote it. I couldn’t get rid of the book quick enough.

With that
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Joyzi
Apr 16, 2012 Joyzi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults
Recommended to Joyzi by: goodreads
This is my first time reading a John Grisham novel. Based on what I read from book reviews here in goodreads wherein sometimes reviewers compared authors or they sometimes mentioned their favorite authors, I had this idea that John Grisham wrote serious novels. I'm surprised to find out that this one was not a serious type of novel, but more of a light and humorous one. For me it is a light reading wherein you can read and enjoy it and not be stressed out (compared to Jodi Picoult's). There are ...more
James Thane
This is another entertaining read from John Grisham. A young lawyer, David Zinc, cracks one morning under the strain of his job at a top Chicago firm. On arriving at work, instead of marching dutifully to his desk, he leaps back into the elevator, runs out to the street and soon finds himself in a bar where he spends the rest of the day drinking himself into oblivion.

Hours later, David stumbles out of the bar and into a cab and then finds himself on the doorstep of the law firm of Finley and Fi
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Eric
Dec 04, 2011 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, thriller
I like to think that when it comes to reading, everyone has a guilty pleasure, whether it's a genre, a series, or an author. Mine might be John Grisham books. I actually really like Grisham books, I have for just about as long as I've liked books at all. Aside from having an identifiable writing style and having created a genre (legal thrillers), I actually think that Grisham is a pretty good writer. My best evidence of this would be some of his more recent efforts, like Playing for Pizza (a was ...more
Mahlon
Mar 10, 2016 Mahlon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Litigators is similar to the Rainmaker in that the story lines both concern a small ambulance chasing law firm taking on a big evil corporation, in this case a pharmaceutical company. The Litigators however, has a much lighter tone then most of Grisham's previous work. I get the feeling that this was a style change that he was experimenting with, but I have to say that as a reader it didn't come off very well. In the beginning the humor felt forced and left me wondering if I should continue, ...more
Matt
Nov 21, 2011 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
While he has had a few 'less than stellar' books of late, Grisham delivers with a stong story steeped in legal jargon in this latest novel. I was hooked from page one and remain baffled at how he can write so fluidly about all sorts of legal topics.

While we have seen Grisham delve into the litigious side of the law in past thrillers, this one takes on a new angle. Introduce the young, wet behind the ears, lawyer out to make the world his oyster. Add some legal issue that begs for notice and just
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Megan
Mar 29, 2012 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-fiction
It has been a long time since I have read a really good John Grisham novel, most likely due to the fact that it's been so long since he's actually written a really good novel. I read his first four, became a devoted fan until somewhere around "The Brethren" and it's been a pretty steady downward spiral ever since. But "The Litigators" sounded and just felt more like his usual style. I loved, sometimes hated, the characters and was so glad that there was that redemptive quality at the end that wa ...more
Dara S.
I would give this 3 1/2 stars. It was worth reading, but I did not love it. It was interesting. You tend to root for the underdogs.
Naddy
Jan 05, 2016 Naddy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When you pick a book from renowned author, one book is certain Expect the unexpected, although in this book it is true up-to some extent.

Litigators is undoubtedly funny quirk book, some of the incidents can really give u good laugh even now also i am laughing at the incidents occurred in the book. When i pick a book from Agatha Christie, Sidney Sheldon or John Grisham i expect the book to be fast paced, on the contrary this is quite a slow book, you have to wait for a spell to know the plot. on
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Angie
Nov 13, 2011 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-fiction
Finally, a John Grisham novel I am not ashamed to have read. "The Litigators" is funny--Grisham pokes fun at the good, the bad, and the ugly in the legal profession and tort law in particular. Without spoiling the plot, I'll mention that you know his comedic hand is first rate within the first chapters. When the main character meets his new employers, the scene is hilarious. And I don't normally laugh at the results of excessive drinking.

Over time, I began to recognize a Dickensian hand in his c
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Jane Stewart
Feb 08, 2012 Jane Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-fiction
Not the suspense and thriller of his early books, but fun, engaging, and entertaining. It’s cute.

STORY BRIEF:
Finley & Figg are partners in a two-bit-operation law office. They advertise cheap divorces, chase ambulances, and prowl hospitals looking for victims. They make very little money. Rochelle is their receptionist, clerk, and office manager. She turns away clients calling for real estate and certain other services - because she ends up doing most of the paperwork, and she doesn’t like t
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Jackie
Nov 16, 2011 Jackie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've long been a huge fan of Mr. Grisham. And remember seeing him as a guest on a news show - talking about how his goal was to write books that would be exciting and interesting for 3 generations of a family: Grandma, Mom, and adult daughter. Funny how that sticks with me after all these years. It must have been his soft-spoken southern drawl that made it so memorable.

And yes, this one is pretty clean. And I truly value interesting, clean books.

This one was a disappointment. 385 pages. Only th
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