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The Litigators

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  66,682 ratings  ·  6,171 reviews
The partners at Finley & Figg—all two of them—often refer to themselves as “a boutique law firm.” Boutique, as in chic, selective, and prosperous. They are, of course, none of these things. What they are is a two-bit operation always in search of their big break, ambulance chasers who’ve been in the trenches much too long making way too little. Their specialties, so to spe ...more
Hardcover, 385 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by London : Hodder & Stoughton
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Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
As a John Grisham fan , I was surprised to hear some early criticism of his latest book. However, as I got deeper and deeper into the story, I am starting to understand. This story has much more humor in it than many of his previous books ......and that's good not bad.
One can't help but chuckle at the law firm of Finley & Figg. They are the epitome of the storefront, ambulance chasing,divorces and DUI small time lawyers. They have never been very successful and they are just about able to pay
Patricia Kurz
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: light-fiction
Poor showing for JG.. I disliked it and I believe that JG did not write this.. some student or apprentice did. There is a touch of the real JG in the main courtroom scene, but it is thin and too short. I can't believe this is him. that's all I can say. I had the Audible version - not the text. Here is my " review"

Please let me rant: Until the big courtroom scene, I do not believe the words of this book were written by JG. I believe it was either a student's effort at mimicry or a form
Luanne Ollivier
Nov 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, I had great plans to jot down some notes and quotes to share with you about John Grisham's newest book - The Litigators. Yeah, that didn't happen.... because it ended up being a non stop read for me - I picked it up on a Sunday morning and turned the last page late (late) that night.

I was hooked from the opening pages. David Zinc has toiled away at a prestigious law firm in relative obscurity for the last five years. Until the morning he realizes he can't do it anymore and walks away. And
Will Saunders
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first began reading John Grisham’s The Litigators I was immediately drawn into it. It's a must-read book, if you enjoy the snappy witty charm of a young black woman keeping her older bosses together.

It begins with the plot centering on Wally, Oscar, and Rochelle – then a short time later David – who’s personalities are as different as night and day. Oscar, the senior partner in Finley and Figg law offices situated on the West Side of Chicago, is a conservative jaded attorney who prides h
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Once again John Grisham never disappoints me! “The Litigators” is definitely a change of writing then the other John Grisham books. I love the humour Grisham portrays and nice to see a different side of Grisham and his writing.
I won this book as a First Reads giveaway. In high school, I loved John Grisham but haven’t returned to him since reading The King of Torts as a college sophomore. I couldn’t tell if my tastes had matured or his quality had diminished but I was not impressed at all and he’s fallen off my radar since then. (In fact, I didn’t realize he was back to writing legal fiction.) The Litigators started out rather promising; it lacked the intensity of earlier Grishams but it was also surprisingly hilarious ...more
Nicole R
gave up on John Grisham about 10 years ago when I was appalled at how horrible The Summons was! What happened to the hard-hitting author who had me on the edge of my seat and questioning the ever-moving ethical line between right and wrong with his early novels? A Time to Kill. The Firm. The Rainmaker. I loved those books.

After a decade of abandonment, two things happened: 1) I met Mr. Grisham several times and determined he needed another chance and 2) I heard that The Litigators was a return
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
While he has had a few 'less than stellar' books of late, Grisham delivers with a stong story steeped in legal jargon in this latest novel. I was hooked from page one and remain baffled at how he can write so fluidly about all sorts of legal topics.

While we have seen Grisham delve into the litigious side of the law in past thrillers, this one takes on a new angle. Introduce the young, wet behind the ears, lawyer out to make the world his oyster. Add some legal issue that begs for notice and just
Lewis Weinstein
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Delightful, humorous, sometimes exciting, lots of the fascinating legal detail that is Grisham's trademark ... lawyers working hard, falling short and succeeding ... much greed and some (surprising) altruism ... Definitely an enjoyable read. ...more
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to David by: Dianne
Shelves: audiobook, fiction
This is a most enjoyable book, about David Zinc, a lawyer who got fed up with his job in a huge, fancy law firm. He got drunk, then joined up with a two-man law firm that specialized in ambulance chasing, DUI's, and quick divorces. This small firm had a weak grasp of ethical behavior. Zinc suffers a spectacular drop in salary, but sees an unusual opportunity, and grabs it.

Along comes the potential for a huge class action suit against a drug company. Their drug, Krayoxx, seems to be in the spotli
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: legal-thrillers
In The Litigators Grisham shows two sides of law practice: the corporate lawyers and the ambulance chasers. It seems that the author has no patience with either type of practice. So he creates the character David Zinc, who runs away from a lucrative but a boring job in a reputed firm and who ends up with ambulance chasers ultimately rescuing them from resorting to such lurid practice. Grisham is always the master in showing the ugly side of the law and justice system. And in this story too, he h ...more
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Grisham Special (And a Funny Lawyer Joke) [[3.75 stars]]
Q: What's the difference between a lawyer and a rooster?
A: When a rooster wakes up in the morning, its primal urge is to cluck defiance.
Prior to reading this book a few years back, I'd grown disillusioned with Grisham's books, the recent ones like The Brethren, a book as agonizing as absurd. I thought perhaps he'd worn out, bored out or his ideas petered out.

For his first half-dozen years, he stropped his writing skills on the legal profe
Dec 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
It's interesting that I'd read John Grisham's latest novel The Litigators just as the promotional blitz for the NBC series based on his first huge bestseller The Firm is kicking into gear. Based on what I recall of The Firm and having read the latest Grisham offering, I honestly think the premise of The Litigators has far more promise and potential as a weekly television series than The Firm does. (Of course, The Firm has name recognition and a Tom Cruise movie in its favor, so I can see why NBC ...more
Natalie Vellacott
Sep 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: john-grisham
Another Grisham completed. I don't think I will be going on a binge though as his more recent books are quite samey. I guess that's inevitable if you write mass quantities as you run out of material.

In The Litigators we have the usual mixture of greedy, rich lawyers working all hours of the day and night to maintain their lifestyles contrasted sharply with the street lawyers making virtually nothing. However, in this book, the ambulance chasing street lawyers are not poor through generosity of s
James Thane
Oct 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: legal-thrillers
This is another entertaining read from John Grisham. A young lawyer, David Zinc, cracks one morning under the strain of his job at a top Chicago firm. On arriving at work, instead of marching dutifully to his desk, he leaps back into the elevator, runs out to the street and soon finds himself in a bar where he spends the rest of the day drinking himself into oblivion.

Hours later, David stumbles out of the bar and into a cab and then finds himself on the doorstep of the law firm of Finley and Fi
Oct 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great....went through a bit of a ho-hum section, but the ending was fantastic...couldn't read it fast enough!!!! ...more
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable romp. Occasionally I overdose on epic fantasy and need something to clear the cobwebs. This did the trick! Not Grisham's best but not his worst either. ...more
Grisham showcases the legal profession from the ugly, high paid, smart lawyers toiling in sweatshops to the ugly, ambulance-chasing side with some high points in between. (They're not all bad!) The clients & cases also run the gamut riding on the backs of a handful of characters who are also a mixed bag. The main character is fairly well done, but I still had some trouble connecting with him. I don't know why, but I never fully got into him & that harmed the story. There was something lacking th ...more
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In the past, I have enjoyed John Grisham's novels, but The Litigators did not live up to the standards of Grisham's early novels like A Time to Kill or The Firm , even some of his more recent novels are better developed in plot, characters, and conflict than The Litigators .

At first The Litigators seems ridiculous, lawyers running after (or causing) car accidents, but then the story picks up when David Zinc begins to look into the lead poisoning of a young, Burmese boy (whose name escap
May 16, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1star
''They had tried youth but got themselves sued for sexual harassment when Wally couldn’t keep his paws off a busty young thing.''

shitty lawyers that are lawyering.

it's garbage and it's also boring
i got it for free
...really enjoyed the sexism :)
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime
Why this book should probably have never been published:

1. Characters all were of dubious intelligence, and no one likes an idiot. A villain, maybe, or a nice, vengeful antagonist, but not a moron - let alone three of them.

2. Overt sexualization of the one female character. Must we describe her attire and 4-inch stilettos every time she enters the courtroom?

3. Eye-rollingly (yes, that's a word) predictable plot, from the boring Krayoxx case to the "I didn't see that coming! Oh wait, yes I did."
This is a look at the underbelly of law, at both ends of the spectrum. At one end you have the corporate sharks, hired guns of the big boys of business and finance. At the other end you have the ambulance chasers,willing to sue anyone/anything that will increase the size of their wallets. Somewhere in between you have the rare minority that actually practice law as it should be.
At first I was put off by the greasy spoon feeling given off by the high and low end lawyers. But slowly I became inv
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: legal-fiction
It has been a long time since I have read a really good John Grisham novel, most likely due to the fact that it's been so long since he's actually written a really good novel. I read his first four, became a devoted fan until somewhere around "The Brethren" and it's been a pretty steady downward spiral ever since. But "The Litigators" sounded and just felt more like his usual style. I loved, sometimes hated, the characters and was so glad that there was that redemptive quality at the end that wa ...more
Diane S ☔
Nov 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
3.5 If not for the mistakes with Chicago locations, and I expected better research from Grisham, this book would have been a solid 4. That said I did enjoy the story and the fantastic characters
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Legal disclaimer: I have never listened to an audio book before. I have never read a John Grisham book before. I have never read a courtroom/legal book before. I am not a lawyer. I do have some good lawyer jokes though.

With all that out of the way let me say I enjoyed the heck out of this audio book and it served me well on long car trips.

Right off the bat Dennis Boutsikaris does a very nice job with the audio portion of this audio book. He has a nice cadence, great inflections, and does a wonde
Dec 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, thriller
I like to think that when it comes to reading, everyone has a guilty pleasure, whether it's a genre, a series, or an author. Mine might be John Grisham books. I actually really like Grisham books, I have for just about as long as I've liked books at all. Aside from having an identifiable writing style and having created a genre (legal thrillers), I actually think that Grisham is a pretty good writer. My best evidence of this would be some of his more recent efforts, like Playing for Pizza (a was ...more
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults
Recommended to Joyzi by: goodreads
This is my first time reading a John Grisham novel. Based on what I read from book reviews here in goodreads wherein sometimes reviewers compared authors or they sometimes mentioned their favorite authors, I had this idea that John Grisham wrote serious novels. I'm surprised to find out that this one was not a serious type of novel, but more of a light and humorous one. For me it is a light reading wherein you can read and enjoy it and not be stressed out (compared to Jodi Picoult's). There are ...more
John of Canada
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys courtroom drama.
Shelves: made-me-laugh, law
I was out visiting family and came across this,which my nephew,who is a newly minted lawyer,had on his shelf.I'm not sure if I want him inspired by some of this book.A while ago I read a piece by Joe Nocera describing the damage that class action lawsuits have caused.It was frightening.So was this book,but the humour and the likeable characters gave me some hope.The courtroom scenes were really well done.I had given up on John Grisham,but I think I will look up some more of his works as a result ...more
Gaylen Kemp
Not sure why I bothered except it came in off the hold list at the library and I wanted a change of pace. I held on to the end because I knew there would be some sort of redemption, but mostly it was insufferable stuff about the short-sighted greed of, in this case, plaintiffs' personal injury lawyers. Now on to Bernie Madoff and The Wizard of Lies. No nonfiction for the greediness there! ...more
This was just a story . . . about lawyers . . . not particulary good lawyers . . . doing lawyer stuff. Sometimes they make good choices, but more often than not they make bad choices and bad things happen to them. In the end there is some resolution and you say "oh, that's nice". Easy to read and enjoyable, but not particulary complex or mind blowing. ...more
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