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Every jury has a leader, and the verdict belongs to him. In Biloxi, Mississippi, a landmark tobacco trial with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake begins routinely, then swerves mysteriously off course. The jury is behaving strangely, and at least one juror is convinced he's being watched. Soon they have to be sequestered. Then a tip from an anonymous young woman sugg...more
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Published April 25th 2006 by Delta (first published 1996)
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Ben
Nicholas Easter, juror number 2 and a mysterious woman known as Marlee conspire to manipulate the jury to secure a verdict in a landmark trial involving a widow plaintiff (whose husband died of lung cancer because of cigarette addiction) and a big tobacco company. They have to play with both sides (the plaintiff and the defense) and go up against a cunning jury consultant Rankin Fitch who is an expert in jury manipulations. Fitch works for the defense.

The Runaway Jury is an intensely suspenseful...more
Kathryn Lucas
I'm glad I didn't pay for this book. Our apartment building has a bookcase in front of the elevator, and someone in the building must be a Grisham fan, because I've picked up several of his books from the communal bookcase. This is the worst of the Grishams that I've read.

What annoyed me the most was the sheer implausibility of the whole story. The civil tobacco trial itself was plausible enough, but the jury foreman protagonist and his accomplice on the outside have a plan to influence the tria...more
Nenette
Again, Grisham shines in this legal thriller, that I want to immediately pick up his next book on my list...But I resist the temptation, as I know I will be sick of legal sta\uff halfway through it. Maybe after a couple of other books...

The story makes one question his/her own sense of right or wrong, at least it did a bit for me. There's really a blurred line (so they say), and one's philosophies, principles, and values in life are the factors that will influence a person's inclination. The plo...more
Harish Kumar Sarma Challapalli
I actually, started this book long back but due to some unknown reasons I left it in the middle, but once I resumed I found it very much interesting!! It is indeed a powerful legal story, which introduces the legal system of America to foreigners!!

The Runaway Jury is an intensely suspenseful
legal thriller. I could feel my heart pounding as
I read the last pages of the book. I was
mesmerized by Grisham's narration. The book
tackles a lot of important points about
cigarette smoking which make the stor...more
Alex
Mar 06, 2009 Alex added it
The Runaway Jury by John Grisham
The Runaway Jury by John Grisham draws you into a story of power. While the widow of a man who was killed by lung cancer, after smoking for most of his life, is suing a tobacco company, the reader finds out that this is not a normal trial case. Usually the side with the most votes gets their verdict, but now there is a single powerful person who controls all of it.

The widow’s lawyer is named Mr. Rohr. He is trying to make it big because he knows if he wins this t...more
Eric_W
Runway Jury, is the more traditional Grisham, but a nifty suspense-filled story. I really enjoyed it. Lawyers will hate it, as it portrays them as terrible blood-sucking-win-at-any-cost malevolent characters. Fortunately, in this novel they get their due.
In this novel Grisham dissects the tobacco industry. Given the absolutely stunning amount of money involved in the recent class action suits against the tobacco companies, Grisham starts with the assumption, a quite reasonable one, that the i...more
Helynne
In this saga, the prolific Grisham examines more closely than in his other novels the process of choosing a jury that can best respond to both the plantiff and the defendent without filling the 12 chairs with people who have too much natural prejudice for either side. The culprit on trial in The Runaway Jury is the tobacco industry and the plaintiff is someone who lost a family member to lung cancer due to smoking. The process by which a certain man-woman team manages to gerrymander a jury in a...more
Joe
Reviewing a John Grisham book? I know, I can't believe it either. But I've read this book about half a dozen times, and every time, it pulls me in.

I've read an incredible number of John Grisham books. They're always very readable, but sometimes the story seems pretty stretched, or just not very compelling. This book doesn't have those problems. The plot focuses on a civil trial, involving the widow of a cancer patient that is suing a cigarette manufacturer. The twist is that one of the jurors is...more
Kelli Sutton
Climax. That is what stuck out to me most about this story. Through out the story you always wanted to know what was up with the main character. He was someone that you just couldn't figure it out. And just when you thought you knew where the story was going bam! the author hit you with the climax.

As a writer I greatly admire Grisham's use of climax. This isn't the first book of his that I have read where he implores this use of climax. As a writer of a story of suspense or a thriller you must...more
Carol
In this saga, Grisham examines more closely than in his other novels the process of choosing a jury that can best respond to both the plantiff and the defendent without filling the 12 chairs with people who have too much prejudice for either side. There are people hired to help in the jury picking process, and they study every aspect of a potential juror's life. The culprit on trial in The Runaway Jury is the tobacco industry and the plaintiff is someone who lost a family member to lung cancer d...more
D.R.
Anyone who’s been on a jury, and even those who haven’t, will appreciate Grisham’s The Runaway Jury.

Big tobacco companies are on the defense against claims by a widow that tobacco ruined her husband’s life and eventually killed him prematurely at the age of 53. Hundreds of millions of dollars and the future of the tobacco industry are at stake if the case is lost, thereby opening the door for huge class action lawsuits.

The tobacco companies hire the villain of the novel, Rankin Fitch, to make s...more
Jerica
The Good:

The beginning and very end of this book were very fast-paced and enticing. I enjoyed the mysterious characters and that the author allows the reader to know what many are thinking and feeling through various viewpoints. The plot-line of this book was very original.

The Bad:

I felt like I was reading the Bible at times: So many characters were introduced throughout the entirety of the book, and it was difficult to keep up with them and their various personalities. It was also difficult t...more
Michael Johnston
This is the first time that I have seen the movie before I've read the book. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie (despite its faults) and I was curious to see if the book would be as interesting. No let down here. The book (not surprisingly) had room for much deeper character studies and the suspense and surprise were just as potent. There are times when I think Grisham would benefit from a sparser story telling, but the added shades in this story were (mostly) to the benefit of plot.

My one complian...more
Matt
Oct 30, 2008 Matt rated it 4 of 5 stars
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As i currently read this book, i have discovered many things about john Grisham. He is a man of detail and has found incredible ways of making court jargon clear. I have had a hard time putting down the book when i get started. I dont like somethings though. He sometimes spends too much time on certain items and people. He spent two whole pages describing one witness and it was the only part of the book that required me to force myself while reading. I love the book, but detail can be a little m...more
Carl Alves
I enjoyed the concept of this novel. The main event is a trial between a shady group of lawyers trying to take down big Tobacco with a lawsuit, and the even shadier lawyers representing the tobacco companies. Nicholas Easter is on the jury and he informs the tobacco group that he could send a verdict their way for a price. Working through his girlfriend, he shows signs that he could hand them a verdict, and manipulates much of the trial.

The concept was good, but this novel more than stretches th...more
Jane Stewart
Very entertaining. Very worthwhile. I wish more romance authors would write like him, but add romance.

REVIEWER’S OPINION:
For another book someone wrote “literary slugger John Grisham returns with a story about...” I thought how true. He is a literary slugger – almost always on the New York Times best seller list. I periodically read John Grisham to remind me of great writing.

I have loved several John Grisham’s books, and this is another one. A number of things had me chuckling with surprise. Th...more
Breanne Katherine
I started this book with the intention of it being fairly decent given the environment of heated trial debates and the audience of tobacco puffers. However one chapter in and I didn't feel 'hooked' like I normally would with a good book. Three more chapters in and I still wasn't 'hooked' but instead, finished reading the entire book out of a silly personal obligation where I must finish a book once I have started it so to give it a proper chance. This book blew that chance because it never reall...more
Harv Griffin
Mar 04, 2013 Harv Griffin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Do you like courtroom drama?
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John Grisham novels are a good “first read” for me; but I usually have no desire to revisit the books. RUNAWAY JURY is one I have gone back to re-read many times. The movie is also a treat, with Gene Hackman & Dustin Hoffman.

A potential juror and his outside partner target and stalk the trials against Big Tobacco; hoping to get him on as a juror in a big case, which they manage to accomplish. While Big Tobacco is pulling every dirty trick in the book and inventing new dirty tricks to force...more
Shane
This book was quite entertaining, although it wasn't anything special. I was amazed at how much drama Grisham could milk out of a civil lawsuit, and I appreciated it that he didn't try to forceably "spruce-up" the action with random gun battles or kidnappings or something like that. The thriller was in the prose, and that was good.
Unusually, I felt this was a book with no sympathetic hero. Nicholas Easter, the main juror, is conniving, as is his partner Marlee; neither set of lawyers are particu...more
Mary
John Grisham's concept is intriguing , but there's not much else to his credit when it comes to this novel. This is one of those instances in which Hollywood completely improved upon the story. The characters and the plot were improved upon in film- even the subject matter itself, gun control being a hotter topic than the corrupt tabacco industry. I had already seen the movie when I started reading, so my perception of the book was tainted quite early on.

There was something really bothering me...more
Beverly.reid
I have always wanted to be on jury duty. Perhaps that is why I enjoyed this legal thriller by John Grisham. It is about a widow suing a tobacco company because her husband died of lung cancer and he smoked their cigarettes for thirty years. The verdict, especially a verdict involving large punitive damages, would have ramifications for the entire industry. The “Big Four” companies CEO’s band together and contribute money to help the defense against the plaintiff and resort to some dirty tricks t...more
Christopher  Ryan
My mother in law, who doesn't speak English, gave this book to me. I hadn't read a JG book since I was twelve, but I ended up on the toilet with it, and that's where I read 99% of it. It's a good book for the toilet, because you end up getting your business done sooner. I highly recommend it for that purpose.

Literature it is not. The prose is as flat as old roadkill, the characters dull, vague, and interchangeable, the plot perfect for some Ashley Judd feature film (I assume there is a movie ver...more
Ellen
I am a big John Grisham fan, and I really enjoyed this book. It's my favorite so far of the ones that I've read. It keeps you guessing the whole time, and and it is more humorous than I expected. The characters are complex and interesting, and the legal matter in the story is real and riveting. It deals with the tobacco industry and its lack of compassion for the people that buy their product and suffer many medical problems. It will have you convinced that smoking results in a one-way ticket to...more
Laura
Me super atrapó esta historia, sobre un juicio, pero sobretodo, trata de lo que tiene que vivir un jurado de doce personas en un juicio millonario. Como ambas partes involucradas en el juicio investigan a los jurados, sobre sus vidas, y lo que ocultan y como intentan comprar el voto para poder ganar el juicio. 12 jurados, sus vidas, el equipo de abogados de la defensa y el equipo de abogados de la parte demandante se trenzarán en una historia con engaños, traiciones, amor, lealtad, traición y ¿j...more
Becky
This was a really intriguing, fast-paced legal thriller. I had seen the movie before reading the book, but all the same I was kept on my toes, just as everyone else (in the book) was.

John Grisham has a knack for making the law interesting. I have only disliked one of his books so far, and I think that was a fluke. He must have been sick that day and his secretary wrote that one. But this one is one of the better ones I've read and takes us on a roller-coaster of jury tampering and tobacco litig...more
Kevin Lake
I do not like lawyers, or the legal system, but decided that as much noise that's been made about Mr. Grisham, that as a reader, it was time to dig into one of his works. Man am I glad I did. Especially with this one, where the lawyers are the ones taking the screwing at the end of the day. I'm thankful that Grisham shares with us in his work the inside mechanics of the trials, the jury selection and tampering, that only someone who has been in the business could do. I believe I'll be reading mo...more
Amy
Don't be intimidated by the 550 pages—this is one of John Grisham's most compelling legal thrillers. The pace moved very quickly; even the courtroom scenes, which served to point out how tedious trials can be, were easy to get through and understand. There is just enough mystery surrounding the main characters and their actions to keep the reader on his/her toes without being overly convoluted or difficult to understand. Grisham's characterization is sometimes weak in his other novels, but here...more
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Book Review: The Runaway Jury (1996)
The Runaway Jury (1996)
by John Grisham (Author)



Original Language: English
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Country: United States
Publication Date: June 1996
ISBN: 978-0385472944
Page Count: 414
My rating : 4 stars

Blurb
Every jury has a leader, and the verdict belongs to him. In Biloxi, Mississippi, a landmark tobacco trial with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake beginsroutinely, then swerves mysteriously off course. The jury is behaving strangely, and at least one...more
Aditya
Having read many John Grisham books, I have to say that this was probably the one I enjoyed reading the most. While The Firm has a much more gripping plot so as to speak, this I feel was written so well that it makes up for whatever it lacks in plot complexity. On the outside, it seems like a fairly straightforward tale of a case between a big corporation and a hungry piranha of a lawyer, suing for a big verdict, etc etc... the works. But, the tale was told from the perspective of the jury, thei...more
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