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The Appeal

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  40,718 Ratings  ·  3,603 Reviews
As the author of twenty bestselling books, John Grisham has set the standard for legal thrillers since the debut of The Firm in 1991. Enjoy this Q&A--as well as a personal note to Amazon readers--from John Grisham.

1. Your new novel starts off where most courtroom dramas end--with the verdict. Where did you get the idea to reverse the usual order of events this time a
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Jan 28, 2008 babyhippoface rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are on the edge and just need one teensy push to go completely over?
This book has made me angrier than any I've read in years.

Okay, first off --what is with the absolutely horrid neon orange color of the jacket back? Who picked this? Must have been colorblind. Each time I reached for this book my eyes felt violated.

*SPOILER ALERT* If you haven't read it yet, stop reading now...

Second, well, let's just say it: the ending was even more offensive than the neon orange jacket back. The book was well-written, compelling (and yes, possibly completely undeserving of tha
2 generous stars. I am so quick to admit being late to the party, and also to being so dumb at times. This was one of them! I was alerted to the fact that Mr Grisham could be the male version of Danielle Steel. Now this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as I honestly do love a good DS at the right time, I do. This did connect the dots for me in a way.

I wonder if John Grisham left the legal profession because he saw too much rorting – dubious Judges too respecting of their own pockets and big busine
Jason Miller
Mar 15, 2008 Jason Miller rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
John Grisham's books have been getting steadily worse, ever since the Painted House (another lame book). What happened to the excellent author that produced such books as The Client, The Pelican Brief, The Street Lawyer, and Runaway Jury? I think he's out to lunch. I keep reading his new books, hoping he'll come back, but so far, no luck.
This is his worst in a long line of bad books. Stay away from this one, as well as his other latest, The Innocent Man. They are boring, long, and a chore to get
Mar 24, 2008 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-crime
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Jessica Sue
May 21, 2013 Jessica Sue rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'd like to appeal the ending to this shitty book.
Jan 31, 2008 Alicia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: liberal politicians with a distinct agenda
As I began reading this book, I was very worried that it sounded too familiar. It reminded me of "Law & Order" episodes that are "ripped from the headlines." Whenever I hear that, I think, come on, can't you guys think of anything new? Saying that, the storyline of Grisham's latest began in that similar sort of way. I was pretty convinced that it was going to be boring.

I was very pleasantly surprised that only after a few chapters, I started to find it pretty interesting. While the trial por
Apr 28, 2015 عبدالله rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
يجب عليكم تحملي اليوم ..

انوي ان اثرثر كثيرا

جئت لجزيرة أفريقية نائية ليومين ومعي خمسة كتب أنهيتها بخطأ بتقدير عدد الكتب اللازمة للرحلة او ربما بإبداع كتابها الذين جعلوا مني سائحا لم يغادر غرفته قط

الرواية هي ثالث ما اقرأه لجون جريشام - وفي رواية غريشام- بعد المؤسسة ورواية اخرى يفوتني اسمها الان

من الواضح بأن غريشام لن يجد من يباريه في كتابة الروايات التي تكون المحاكم والقضايا وما بينهما محور ما يكتبه فقلمه بارع جداً ومتمكن في هذا العالم

احداث الرواية سلسة وجميلة وأول ما تستشفه منها هو نفس ما شعرت
Mar 05, 2008 Johnny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
The Appeal wouldn't make a successful film. At times, it appears to accede to the Hollywood formula, but then, it retreats to Grisham's forte'--realism. Oh, I know Grisham's work isn't as gritty as the descriptions of the world of meat-packing in Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, the vivid characterizations of a couple fighting in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Beautiful and the Damned, or the depiction of blatant sexism in Sinclair Lewis' The Job (or even in Ann Vickers, his thinly veiled roman a clef ba ...more
don't read this piece of shit. what the hell grisham?, you're usually so solid.
Apr 12, 2008 Rick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: trial lawyers seeking confirmation of their world-view
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Daniel (Attack of the Books!) Burton
I read this in April of 2008 after Justice Nehring (of the Utah Supreme Court) told me he was listening to it on CD during his commute each day. Three quarters of my way through it, he told me it was not worth finishing. He was right.

Talk about much ado about nothing. The novel starts strong, provides an interesting conflict, and than (spoiler alert) completely drops the ball. Not that the bad guy has to lose and the good guy has to win every time, but the characters are skewed and distorted so
Daniel Bastian
Sep 07, 2015 Daniel Bastian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
A candid look into the seedy underbelly of campaign finance in the U.S. It's no secret that in this country, money and politics walk hand in hand, with Big Business barons leveraging their own interests against those of the people and, at times, basic procedural justice. It is this systemic prioritization of corporate well-being over human well-being on which Grisham wishes to shine a light.

He chooses his own home state—Mississippi—for the setting. Mississippi is one of the few states which elec
Jul 15, 2008 Emily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one, or maybe people who are idiots
Recommended to Emily by: my mom
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Oct 08, 2012 Mona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It didn't take me long to finish this book. As usual, I like John Grisham's style of writing; crisp, fast-flowing and gripping. I also get to know a lot of new words that I have never heard of before. I get to know a lot of jargon from the law world.

I gave it 4 stars because of what John is trying to reveal in this book. He certainly lifts the lid on corporate obscene greed and insatiable appetite for moving up the 'Forbes' list, even if that meant treading over the misery of others. It delves
Feb 05, 2015 Annette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Harder to persevere with this one where his other books are smoother. Could not gel with the characters. Although at times I was looking forward to the outcome, I was not as riveted as I could have been. Ending was terrible. Makes me think I have wasted time on this book when I could have been reading something else.
Jan 18, 2011 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Appeal is a book every American should read. It essentially explains how wealthy companies can literally buy judges - as in, have one taken out and a new one installed - in order to make decisions in their favor and protect them from having to pay damages to the people they maim with their practices.

It also goes over the importance to the average citizen of being able to sue for malpractice or damages from defective or unsafe products.

It was so dead-on that when i bought the hardcover (used)
Oct 17, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction, legal
Alright...well, I admit that I read a few one and two star reviews before posting mine because I wanted to read what the nay-sayers had to say about the book. I was pretty sure I knew what they wouldn't like, and I was pretty sure I would disagree. I was right. I understand others' chagrin with Grisham's choice of ending, but I thought it was refreshing. It's about time someone bucked the system and didn't give us a patented ending, all tied up with a pretty bow.

So here is the deal. Mississippi
Johnny Story
Nov 29, 2008 Johnny Story rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 15, 2009 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read numerous John Grisham books and have continued to pick them up because I have enjoyed them. I have always found his books to a be an entertaining and easy read. Once I pick up the book, I usually have to keep reading until the end. With this book, I was bored by page two. The book is about the big bad company that poisons the water of the unsuspecting small town. The company is bad, bad, bad, and the small town villagers are good, good, good. The lawyers for the company are BAD and t ...more
Nov 27, 2014 Elza rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is part of my 2015 reading challenge

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I’m a little bit torn about this book review. This is my first John Grisham book and I really didn’t like it but I know that I can’t judge him only based on one book. However, this book did not impress me at all.

This book is about a big chemical company that poisons the water of a small town in Mississippi. The story starts out when the company is found liable for the cancer death that accrues in the small
Feb 21, 2009 Eliece rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What I learned from this book is that supreme court justices should be appointed not elected like politicians because then they get bought out by big businesses and the one with the most money wins and this is BAD, BAD, BAD. (point made, Mr. Grisham) This book is lacking a storyline, character development, excitement of any kind, and all other desireable elements of a novel. I usually like John Grisham but this book is BORING, BORING, BORING. In Grisham's honor I will recommend The Innocent Man, ...more
Abdullah Bakhashwain
في هذه الرواية التي تقع في ٥١٥ صفحة من الحجم المتوسط وظف جون غريشام خبرته القانونية ورجل القانون في معالجة قضية سيطرة اصحاب المصالح من المتنفذيين من رجال الاعمال والشركات الكبيرة وشركات التامين وصناعة الدواء في شراء رجال القانون وسيطرتهم من خلال توفير المال واللعب من خلف الستار عن طريق الوسطاء فعلاً عالم رهيب لا تحكمة قيم وانما تراكم المال وفي غياب القيم تخيل كل شيء ممكن يحدث. وكيف يستغل و يوظف ن لخدمة اهداف رجال الدين في الاصل يحاربونها ولكن يُستغلون و يُستخدمون وهم في غفلة وذلك بأسقاطات و خداع ...more
Feb 05, 2009 Shevawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admit, I like a lot of Grisham's novels; I especially like them when spending long hours on an airplane, as I did recently. I found this book to be very disturbing; it has definitely affected the way I will view future election campaigns for judges. I also liked how his Christian characters were reflective of the current Christian culture, even though they bothered me at times because of that. The ending surprised me, as it took some surprising turns the last 60 or so pages.
Janice Richardson
Aug 24, 2016 Janice Richardson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favourite of all John Grisham's books - the quest for social justice, the plot and characters came alive.
Nov 02, 2008 Rick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Grisham seems to get worse with every book. This conspiracy novel that is so agenda driven isn't worth a library late fee.
Sophie Meredith
Sep 26, 2016 Sophie Meredith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
whilst i normally love grisham my rating represents how much this book has made me despair at humanity
The Writer
Apr 18, 2010 The Writer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There is this small round sticker on the book cover that tips “His first legal thriller in 3 years”. Something that I just noticed after I finished the book officially minutes ago.

If the existence of that sticker is solely to excuse the book’s major crap quality, I dissent. However, it does provide an explanation about why this book should not allowed to sit side by side with other Grisham’s novels and why it only qualifies as toilet reading in my honest opinion.

As a Grisham fan through and thro
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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The Appeal is a powerful, timely, and shocking story of political and legal intrigue, a story that will leave readers unable to think about our electoral process or judicial system in quite the same way ever again.
Shocking isn't the half of it.

I love a good mystery. Love when the story takes twists and turns I never saw coming. The Appeal has that and more.

There are only a few books I've read that really get under my skin. You know th
Dec 25, 2009 James rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 19, 2013 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last Thursday, Nov 14, I went to Deseret Industries with my wife so she could buy some white cups and bowls for a still-life she wanted to create for an art class she was teaching Saturday. While she was looking for her white things, I decided to go look at the books, even though I now spend most of my reading time on my Kindle. To my delight I found what looked like a brand new hardback copy of The Appeal by John Grisham for only $2. I read a little at the beginning and decided I hadn't read it ...more
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"Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel.

Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of
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