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The Appeal

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  52,446 ratings  ·  4,417 reviews
John Grisham is now an institution -- a writer whose bestselling status is assured, So assured, in fact, that expectations for each new book are as high as can be imagined. Does The Appeal make the grade? And will it appeal to Grisham admirers -- or disappoint them?

The stakes in the novel's plot are high: corporate crime on the largest scale. The duo of lawyers at the cent

Hardcover, 358 pages
Published January 29th 2008 by Doubleday Books
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Greg Sherry, Grisham does give us a down ending and I think because, sometimes, that is exactly how cases end.
Mark Is your copy a paperback or a hardcover? My paperback copy has 486 pages. I imagine there have been many printings in different formats, different siz…moreIs your copy a paperback or a hardcover? My paperback copy has 486 pages. I imagine there have been many printings in different formats, different size fonts, different layouts, different page sizes, different translations that affect the number of pages. (less)

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Jan 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Karl Marberger
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-political
This book was a strong dose of reality with an important point to make. I know that some readers thought it was far too agenda-driven, but I found it to be absorbing and having a lasting impression. I was particularly fascinated to witness the machinery of a heavily coordinated corporate-funded campaign.
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
Jessica Sue
May 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
I'd like to appeal the ending to this shitty book. ...more
Jason Miller
Mar 15, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For once this is not a courtroom thriller, there are courtrooms but not many.
This book is more about the pursuit of power, greed and corruption. The greed and corruption of the judiciary. The greed and corruption of politicians. And at the top of the heap, the greed and corruption of big business. Underpinning all this greed and corruption lies the most potent aphrodisiac known to mankind MONEY.
In the immortal words of MR. Gekko "greed is good". No matter how much you have you always need more.
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
By the end of this novel, I hoped someone would come by and pour salt on my wounds. Seriously. At least then I would feel something.

After I found out I passed the bar exam over twenty years ago--{{with slithering colours}}-- my wife actually gave me this t-shirt as a gift.

I never wore it, of course. I found it a couple of weeks back and gave it to my son to do something with it for Halloween up at his university. Be an extra-creepy lawyer I guess.
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the fourth Grisham book that I have read lately, The Litigators, The Whistler, Rogue Lawyer, and The Appeal. So far, I like all of his books. They are shockingly realistic. Corruptions within American legal system used to be my blind spot prior to this reading experience. Not anymore, thanks to Grisham's novels. I like this book and recommend it to all who want to learn about American politics and legal system. ...more
Mar 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: legal-crime
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Jan 31, 2008 rated it did not like it
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 portion
Apr 18, 2009 added it
don't read this piece of shit. what the hell grisham?, you're usually so solid. ...more
Jan 18, 2011 rated it liked it
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)
Daniel Burton
Dec 11, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent...tells you everything wrong in politics today...because as long as Private donations are allowed to go toward campaigns and bribes paid to those elected to vote the way a Corporate company wants them to vote, corruption will be rampant,and our democracy will not be a true democracy anymore.

The right wing mentality will continue to destroy the principles of the United States Constitution,and take away our true freedoms.......quite the book...if you can handle the truth.
Apr 12, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: trial lawyers seeking confirmation of their world-view
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Natalie Vellacott
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, john-grisham
Another Grisham page turner, at least it was until the middle section when it got a bit wordy and I thought I was losing interest. The book picked up again for the final section, though, and the ending was totally unpredictable!

People are dying in Bowmore. In fact, the situation has become so serious that it's been given the grotesque nickname, Cancer County. The rates are fifteen times the national average. The residents reckon it's in the water and that Krane chemical company, an industry gian
Benjamin Thomas
Feb 23, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-legal
I've been thinking I wanted to read a good court-room drama for a while now and I remembered that John Grisham had written a few pretty good I gave this one a shot. Unfortunately there was very little of that here but still, an interesting plot was starting to develop and even though there didn't seem to be any central main character in this novel, the various points of view on the plot by the host of minor characters was working for a while.

But then...WHAM! I honestly can’t think of a
Dec 15, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3stars
ok Erin Brockovich. go off sis.


very mediocre but the ending is fine. stop bitching about it.
not that into legal thrillers so it may be better than i think it is... idk idc i got it for free from a newspaper 🤷🏻‍♀️
Daniel Bastian
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
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 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one, or maybe people who are idiots
Recommended to Emily by: my mom
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Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Una Tiers
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
The reality of law and politics turns my stomach. This book is an example of corporate greed and how far it reaches.
Sully (sully.reads)
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
“The right to a fair hearing before an impartial judge, untainted by money or special interests, is at the heart of the nation’s justice system and the rule of law.” NY Times, June 8, 2009

I’m currently re-reading Grisham’s The Appeal. I first read it in 2012, or two years before I entered law school in 2014. Back then, I didn’t quite understand how the judicial system works, i.e., when and how to file an appeal, and what happens if you receive an unfavorable verdict. I’m already half-way done, a
Dele Haynes
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Appeal By John Grisham (Fiction) I chose this book for the narrator, actor Michael Beck. Beck narrates Grisham's books that take place in Mississippi.I love listening him, he gets extra flavor to Grisham's books. However, when I got into the book, I felt as if I'd made a bad choice with today's current political climate.

In a small Mississippi town, a jury returned a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into the county water supply causing the worst "canc
Johnny Story
Nov 29, 2008 rated it did not like it
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Feb 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Hind H.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Okay, I’m finally done with this book, and boy it was infuriating!
I really like John Grisham’s writing style, but this book was disappointing, story-wise.
I mean, what the hell was that end? You would think Fisk would feel for those people after what happened to his son, but no, he remains an asshole.

Two stars: one because I enjoy legal fiction and its language and the other because, well, it’s John Grisham.
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
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.
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John Grisham is the author of forty-seven consecutive #1 bestsellers, which have been translated into nearly fifty languages. His recent books include The Judge's List, Sooley, and his third Jake Brigance novel, A Time for Mercy, which is being developed by HBO as a limited series.

Grisham is a two-time winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction and was honored with the Library of Congress C

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