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The Litigators by John Grisham
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Jan 08, 12

Read in January, 2012

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 said, this Christmas I received “The Litigators” as a gift unexpectedly (meaning I hoped for a different author, different book). I really hesitated to start it. Wondered if it would grate on me as much as “The Appeal” had. Still, not wanting to be ungrateful, I decided to give it a shot.

I was pleasantly surprised. “The Litigators” is much more balanced novel. The lawyer protagonists are chiefly scoundrels, of the type found in TV commercials. Yet there are honorable and efficient lawyers, as well. And though there is some corporate maleficence, there are also corporations (more accurately, corporate employees…lest we forget that all corporations are composed of individuals) that take the high road too. In short, “The Litigators” presents a world that is closer to reality.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Even though a novel like this requires a lot of backstory and narration, it reads fast. Grisham is a master of characters and story. He makes you care about what happens enough to keep reading. I loved how it all wrapped up in the end.
All in all, a great read. You got me back, Mr. Grisham.
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