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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 2011)
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Stephen
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...more
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...more
Will Saunders
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...more
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
Luanne Ollivier
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...more
Nicole
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...more
Michael
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
Cheri
This book was great....went through a bit of a ho-hum section, but the ending was fantastic...couldn't read it fast enough!!!!
Kerry Nietz
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...more
Joyzi
Apr 16, 2012 Joyzi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
EParkinson
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...more
Gaylen
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!
Eric
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
Megan
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
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...more
Nancy
An excellent book with great characters, interesting story and lots of Grisham style dry humor. Loved the start, the ending and every word in between. A pleasure to read
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.
Angie
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...more
Cindy Meilink
I've been a fan of John Grisham's since The Firm, so I was very eager to read The Litigators.

Although this book followed Grisham's quick, easy-to-read writing style, for me, it fell a little short. Everything tied up so quickly and easily at the end that it left me feeling a little cheated.

The main character, David Zinc, leaves his big, reputable firm and his hefty paycheck for the simpler life. And what does that "simpler life" mean? David stumbles into the office of Finley & Figg, two lawy...more
Matt
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...more
Jane Stewart
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...more
Everyday eBook
Jul 31, 2012 Everyday eBook rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Everyday by: Judy Jacoby
The John Grisham you’re used to is all legal, all business, all the time. He keeps you perched on the edge of your seat flipping pages in anticipation of the next thrilling moment. But in his latest novel, America's favorite storyteller throws a little humor into the mix, making The Litigators a guilty pleasure that is not to be missed.

Meet the “boutique” law firm of Finley & Figg, conveniently located next to a massage parlor in a distinctly low-rent district of Chicago. They lie. They chea...more
Jackie
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...more
Jonathan Tomes
John Grisham’s The Litigators is easily one of his best legal novels. As a lawyer, I’ve enjoyed all of his books, but this one I could hardly put down. David Zinc, a young Harvard graduate, is fed up with 80-hour weeks doing mind-numbing transactional work and quits his 600-lawyer Chicago law firm. After way too much to drink to celebrate his freedom, he ends up with the law firm of Finley and Figg—about as far removed from a major national firm as one can get. Calling them ambulance chasers wou...more
Fran
Just started reading this on Monday afternoon (thank you PJ!) and wow, have not been able to put it down! Story takes you right in and oh my that world of lawyering and big litigation, the corruption, the mind sets, the audacity! LOL Fabulous story! Hats of to Grisham for another great one.... should be finishing it pretty soon!
Patrick O'Neil
Yup. Another Grisham book. Lawyers doing crazy shit. Flawless writing - although with less edge than his earlier work. Still once I get into it, I go with his flow. Grisham = my secret guilty pleasure reading - although mostly on airplanes.
Dan
Grisham can certainly write entertaining novels, and "The Litigators" is another quick, light, and entertaining read. Any reader who has ever had a soul-sucking job will immediately identify with the novel's opening wherein the protagonist dramatically reaches his breaking point with his current position. Ultimately, the novel develops into a half-hearted expose of two sides of a very dirty coin: Big Pharma vs. Mass Tort litigation. As somwhat of a thematic aside, Grisham also partially exposes...more
Melysah Bunting

I got to read The Litigators by John Grisham courtesy of BzzAgent.com. It's Grisham's newest novel. The story is unique in that it's a bit humorous.

Most Grisham novels are quite dramatic. The Litigators is about David, an attorney for a top law firm, who finds himself unhappy. One day he quits. He spends the day drinking at a local bar. As a cab was taking him home, David ended up at Finley & Figg. Finley & Figg is a small "boutique" law firm who specializes in ripping people off. Someh...more
Katie
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."...more
Lindsey Carpenter
I've been reading John Grisham's legal thrillers since I was 12 years old. Always a precocious child, I enjoyed the legal tap dancing and quick wit. I'll note though, that having re-read books over the years, there's quite a bit of offbeat humor and nuance that I (thankfully) missed when I was younger! Nonetheless, I've enjoyed his writing for more than half of my life, and The Litigators certainly ranks as a new favorite.

With a wryly painted picture, and a lightheartedly satirical view, from wh...more
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Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of...more
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