King of Torts (Ganti Rugi)
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King of Torts (Ganti Rugi)

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Kantor Pembela Umum bukanlah tempat bagi para litigator muda yang cerdas. Clay Carter sudah terlalu lama di sana, dan, seperti sebagian besar rekan kerjanya, memimpikan pekerjaan yang lebih baik di biro hukum "sungguhan". Ketika dengan setengah hati menerima kasus pemuda yang dituduh melakukan pembunuhan acak di jalanan, ia mengira kasus itu cuma salah satu dari sekian ban...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published 2004 by Gramedia Pustaka Utama (first published January 1st 2003)
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Shannon
booooooooooooring and tedious. Very disappointed with this book from Grisham. While I learned a little about Tort Law, I also could have learned same from an internet site. The story was long, repetitive and boring. Showed the greed of tort lawyers without allowing the reader to really get to know any of the characters. I’m not sure why I even bothered finishing this one. Better hit me with something better next time, Grisham, or I just might stop reading you.
Beth
Why do I keep doing this to myself?
Every Grisham I read seems to get worse and worse and this was the worst --- unless of course you like to read about privately owned jets, earning millions of dollars, winning class action suits that bring in billions (yes, I'm not exaggerating), fast cars, and slimy lawyers. The relationship aspect is at the beginning and end of the book. My suggestion is to read the first three chapters and then skip to the end (unless you enjoy laundry lists of the plaything...more
Caralee
As usual, this book it well written. Grisham tells the story of the meteoric rise and subsequent fall of the newest, hottest lawyer in the DC area. The problem that I found with this book is that I simply didn't care about any of the main characters in this book. The main character's greed and foolishness is shocking, and by the end of the book I found that like him, I was shrugging at 9 million dollars. But still, I found the characters uninteresting or distasteful. It was more out of a sense o...more
Ralph
It really took me a while to get into this book. It started out pretty slow, but it was interesting. I kept reading, and I'm pretty disappointed with the novel.

The novel follows a man named Clay Carter - a lawyer working for the Office of the Public Defender. His job is going no where, his girlfriend and her parents are after him to "make something of himself" which translates into "make our daughter rich." It seems like his life is going no where.

Then he meets Max Pace. The guy pops up out of n...more
Brandi Doctoroff
May 13, 2008 Brandi Doctoroff rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brandi by: Mama
Seriously...did Grishham fall asleep at the end? No spoilers, but it seems like for the last few chapters he was in a big rush to finish the book and just made everything end real abruptly. Especially considering that the rest of the book was quite long and drawn out....

This was the first book by Grisham that I've read thus far, and I'm not sure that I am jumping in to read more... Maybe I should have started with a more popular...better...book.
Valencia
I really don't know what I expected from this book: amazing action scenes, crazy unexpected twists, and a heart wrenching story with a great lesson. I got none of that. What I got was 400 pages of legal terms and a money crazed, horny lawyer. It was humorous at some points and the story really pulled me in to read more, but most of the time I was begging for the book to end. I really believe Grisham could have done better. I've heard so much hype about his books that I was glad that I finally go...more
Madiha Riaz
Did.Not.Like.It.

Don't take me wrong, I like Grisham's novels, I'm not a big fan, but I enjoy reading his books nonetheless. He is not a master storyteller but he writes enjoyable stuff.

But after reading The Street Lawyer and now the King of Torts, I had a hard time giving another of his books much thought. Unfortunately, in a bargain, I had bought many of his books and now I'm going to try and finish the lot (to get my money's worth).

There was absolutely no rythm to the book. It started as a cri...more
Priscilla
This is one of those books I can't stop thinking about! I read it for a business law class I'm taking and it is great!

Clay Carter is working for Washington D.C.'s Public Defense Office when he is given a murder case. The murderer is a young, black man and Clay assumes it's a typical murder case. Then, he is approached by Max Pace, an agent for a pharmaceutical company. Max explains a bigger case behind the murder: the murderer was taking pills, the side effects made him unusually violent. Max hi...more
Debbie Petersen
Apr 15, 2008 Debbie Petersen rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: men who aren't deep thinkers
Recommended to Debbie by: Someone I am no longer friends with
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Tabasco
The King of Torts, read by Dennis Boutsikaris, is incredible fun. I read this after reading "Sycamore row", a much deeper and multi-layered novel, and despite the very different, almost light-hearted tone, and the much quicker pace (maybe because of the abridged version), this is another fantastic read. Yes there is not much character development, but I think that was a choice. The plot moves very fast, it has a great rhythm, and you learn about the world of class action torts in the process.
Whi...more
Trevor Poe
Mar 01, 2009 Trevor Poe rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone who likes legal thrillers and books about lawyers and lawsuits
Recommended to Trevor by: My mother
I’ve never knew much about law cases, but John Grisham made me feel as if I was a lawyer in Washington, D.C. myself. Clay Carter, a lawyer for the firm OPD, is a man struggling to make money at the law firm he works at. “The beginning salary for an OPD lawyer was 36,000 dollars. The most senior lawyer, a frazzled of man of forty-three, earned 57,600 dollars and has been threatening to quit for nineteen years.” When given an unbelievable opportunity, the story tells about how he handles himself w...more
Becky
Feb 09, 2009 Becky rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Diehard Grisham Fans, Broke lawyers looking for get-rich-quick schemes
First let me say that I am a big fan of John Grisham. This was the 5th book of his that I've read, and I have 5 more at home waiting for me to read them. I really like his style: fast-paced legal thrillers that keep me on the edge of my seat and flipping pages like a cartoon flip-book. So far, all of his books have been that way for me. Except this one.

In Washington D.C., a random street-killing lands on the desk of Clay Carter, who is working as a public defender for minimum wage. Enter myster...more
Mweene
This book left no impression on me whatsoever. What kind of a name is 'Clay' for a main character? This guy simply had no substance to him and he certainly did not deserve to be the hero in this book. Not that he was ever in danger of some other character stealing the lime light from him. Not a single person in this book was worth the trouble, not one.
Sure it shows us just how greedy lawyers can be but come on now, surely we don't have to read such a boring book to find this out. My die hard pr...more
Sharon
Picture the office of the public defender, litigators stretched to the limit and beyond, exposed to circumstances they have no ability to deal with, day in and day out, underpaid, over worked and hopeless. This is Clay Carter's life. A new assignment, a young man charged with a random shooting. This client is an addict, though in successful recovery with no history of violence, in fact, just the opposite. Clay starts the discovery and the facts are not adding up as he probes into the case. Enter...more
Michelle
Several years ago, I read everything John Grisham wrote. I guess, though, burnout set in, and after I read The Brethren, I was done with Grisham. I liked The Brethen enough. I guess. I just can't say that I remember it very well. In any case, I was tired of legal thrillers. Other than An Innocent Man, which doesn't really count because it is a true story, after all, I haven't read a Grisham novel for well over ten years.

And this was decent. But I'm thinking of stories like The Partner, The Firm...more
Dark-Draco
I've always liked a good thriller-mystery-crime kind of story and Grisham doesn't usually disappoint, but I can't say that I really loved this one. The story starts of well enough, with impoverished city defence lawyer, Clay Carter, taking on the case of a man accused of murder. There is no chance that the man is innocent and Clay is dispirited by the thought of having to defend him. Then steps in mystery man Max Pace, who has evidence that the murder was caused by the side effects of a addictio...more
Jake
I don't think I'll ever read Grisham again, his stories are just too stupid. The protagonist inexplicably acted like an ass despite professing to being a moral person, acted wildly irrationally, made unbelievable errors in judgement concerning the wasting of money and lack of caution. His character was so poorly developed that I knew mid way through that I didn't give a shit what happened to him, because his character was both unbelievable and ultimately not likeable. Most problematic though wer...more
Christine Blachford
Plot: Clay Carter is in a lowpaid but moral job, until the opportunity arrives for riches and stardom. An unknown informer helps him set up his company and gather clients, and it isn’t long until his morals are taking a battering.

Characters: Clay is an interesting character because in his desperation to get somewhere in life, he’s willing to sacrifice his principles and lower his standards. Once he has money, he begins to change and it’s interesting to see whether he can hold on to any of his op...more
Miriam
Another audiobook for another long drive. At least this one came from a thrift store. This book is about class action law-suits against the pharmaceutical industry. There is a plot (sort of) but most of this book is spent explaining class-action lawsuits along with their benefits and consequences (YAwn). Occasionally there are descriptions of scantily clad paralegal hookers and a bisexual underwear model which I think are supposed to spice things up a bit, but that didn't do anything for me. I a...more
Debra
First JG book read. Story line intriguing in the beginning. Protagonist believable, sadly human. Kept my interest, Good dialogue throughout. Does not loose platform through the meandering and mounting legal entanglements - a plus, in my book, as some authors lose characters in the labyrinth created.
Corey
The ending of this book really disappointed me. For being about mass tort litigation, it did a good job of keeping me interested and I read it quickly, but the ending was so unsatisfactory.

SPOILER ALERT (if you care about those)

After he had built himself up so much doing shady things, it started to crumble. When he started to fall, I really wanted to see him fall. I wanted him to have to deal with it. I wanted to see him fall hard because I felt that's what he deserved. But he didn't. He got th...more
Bolortuya
As a lover of legal thrillers, I try to read all of John Crisham's books. This book was really interesting and such a page turner from the very beginning: there is not any moment of boredom for readers, nor anything unconvincing! I got more and more intrigued as the story went on, I was constantly thinking about our main man - Clay Carter - even when I am not reading. The book introduced me to a new (and probably very miniscule (in terms of size) world) of mass tort lawyers and pharmaceutical in...more
Seif Salama
It's always hard to read a book that has a lead character with few redeeming qualities, and the King of Torts is no exception. While the story is fascinating in its details about tort law, class action suits, and class action lawyers, who come out rather like comic book characters, it is not particularly gripping, as Clay Carter's roller coaster ride is completely predictable right to the end. This is a modern morality tale about money, greed, and power, and a very average one at that. Don't ski...more
Alan
I bought this book in the Portland, OR airport and finished it by the time I reached Orlando with a stopover somewhere. It was this or Sky Mall Magazine. What attracted me to the book over the others in the airport was that I'd requested The Innocent Man from my library after having read a good review of that book, but was on a waiting list and didn't have it to read on the trip. I guess I should have bought the latest Danielle Steele or Stephen King from the airport shop instead.
Vicki
I almost always enjoy a good John Grisham book and love to read them on an airplane as they make the time go by so fast. This was one of my favorites as it gives an inside look at the huge class-action lawsuits and how they can affect the lives of those involved, especially in the legal field. There is so much money to be made, it leads to unscrupulous behavior and should be a warning to us all. It was informative as well as entertaining and that rates five stars from me.
Vivien Fung
God this was awful. All about the wicked American tort system and how one decent man gets sucked into the whirlwind of - blah, blah, blah. It could probably be summarised into one standard rap song ("I'm from the ghetto/now got a jet(to)/girlfriend's left me/plaintiffs all hate me") but as a book, god, tedious.

It served its purpose well though - as a book I didn't care about/could easily finish before going on holiday (and starting my holiday reads). Well done.
Josip Brecak
--Warning-- After being up for more than 20 hours and then finishing this book. This review might stink…. hopefully I'll remember to come back and tighty it up =) -------Warning --------


This is my first legal thriller and thriller novel I read. And also first novel I read written by John Grisham I have to say I was pleased. I'm not sure how to rate this adventure because overall I did enjoy this book ,but there was just something missing for me.I feel as if John Grisham just rushed through the n...more
Karah
I love a good Grisham book, especially when I haven't read one in awhile. This is the story of Clay Carter, a young lawyer in Washington DC, working for the public defender's office. His job pays him next to nothing, his 4-year relationship is in a rut, and he'd love to live on his own--without a roommate. After wrapping up a lengthy murder trial, he gets stuck with another one. Everything appears to be the typical street crime/indigent story until a mysterious phone call lands Clay in a posh ho...more
Elle
The book King of Torts surprised me as far as John Grisham novels. The writing was fantastic as always, never failing to keep me reading until the end. However, the character development was sub par, in my opinion. The book tells the story of a lawyer who is used to dealing with drug and violence crimes in the busy city. However, when he gets a case that he gets intricately involved with, he is given the opportunity to make more money than he has ever even dreamed of. Now, I would have liked to...more
Laurel Cook
John Grisham's writing is becoming similar in style to the work of the tort lawyers he writes about in this book: formulaic. I still have to give it three stars as the book is a very easy read. Great if you want to just switch off your brain and be entertained.
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