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The King of Torts by John Grisham
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Jan 01, 2012

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I listened to this on CD on the way to a meeting in Davidson, NC.The story of J. Clay Carter. He is a lawyer in a low level public defenders office in Washington DC. His job is to defend low life criminals. He is approached by someone who eventually turns out to be a mobster. This guy offers to set him up as a product liability attorney specializing in class action lawsuits against large corporations. Using the mobster's inside tips, he becomes filthy rich. The whole thing begins to turn sour when the FBI starts investigating him for insider trading. He settles a case too soon and cheats his clients out of a fair settlement at the same time pulling in a large fee. He is then sued for legal malpractice. He finally gives up his lucrative practice and disappears with his girlfriend. The end.

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