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The Runaway Jury

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  226,904 Ratings  ·  1,701 Reviews
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 suggests she is able to predict the jurors' increasingly odd ...more
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Published May 1st 1996 by Random House Audio (first published 1996)
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Kathryn Lucas
Apr 12, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
কযারেকটারে কারেকটারে ভরপুর কযারেকটারবান থরিলার। -_- এতই কযারেকটারবান যে কিছু দূর গেলেই ভুলে যেতে হয় আগে কে, কি কারনে ছিল।
আবার কিছু জায়গায় দৌড়াইছে তো কিছু জায়গায় ঘুমা পাড়ায় দিছে। -_-

৪০০পেজের বইয়ের কাহিনীটারে ৩লাইনে বলে ফেলা যায়। এত গুলান পেজ না বাড়াইলেও পারত। কষতি কিছু হইত না উলটা কাহিনী টানটান হয়ে যেত।

পলট নিয়ে কিছু বলার নাই যথেষটই ইনটারেসটিং। সিগারেট খাইতে খাইতে ফুসফুসের কযানসারে মারা যাওয়া বযকতি সতরী সিগারেট কোমপানীর বিরুদধে মামলা ঠুকে দিয়েছে বিধবা করার দায়ে!!
বাকি গুতাগুতি টুকু এই মামলাটা নিয়ে
Paul O'Neill
It was okay... It definitely felt like more of a shot fired at the tobacco companies. It should have focused more on the story instead. As such, there isn't a huge amount of drama. There are tons of Grisham books so I'd advise you start elsewhere, like A Time to Kill.

All in all, this was just a bit drab for my liking.
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jane Stewart
Very entertaining. Very worthwhile. I wish more romance authors would write like him, but add romance.

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
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Antonio Rosato
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Visto che al sottoscritto piacciono i libri thriller e fantapolitici, questo qui poteva rivelarsi di una pesantezza unica. Invece mi ha stupito e (quasi) conquistato! Ad essere sinceri, quello che non mi ha proprio entusiasmato è stata la parte prettamente dedicata al funzionamento del sistema giudiziario di inizio libro e, nelle ultimissime pagine, quella relativa alle transazioni bancarie ed ai titoli di borsa. Per non parlare della storia in sé, che si sapeva già come sarebbe andata a finire: ...more
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Harish Kumar 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
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My 5th Grisham book! The plot held my interest from beginning to end, and was very fast paced. I had seen the movie a while back starring John Cusack, Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman, and Rachel Weisz, and the book had kind of the same premise but only the book is about a lawsuit of a Tobacco company, and in the movie it's a gun manufacturer.

Some parts of the book were complicated and hard to follow but it still held my interest wondering what would happen next. Highly recommended to anybody who li
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
Apr 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kelli Sutton
Sep 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
šo es noteikti esmu lasījis, bet nav ne mazākās nojausmas, par ko tur bija :)
Gan jau standarta Grišams.
Harv Griffin
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Do you like courtroom drama?
Shelves: reviewed, own
pic of my copy of Runaway Jury

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
Sep 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: q12008
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
Michael Johnston
Nov 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal, action, thriller
Legal novel - In a Mississippi Gulf Coast town, the widow of a lifelong smoker who died prematurely of lung cancer is suing Big Tobacco. Enter Rankin Fitch, a dark genius of jury fixing, who has won many such trials for the tobacco companies and who foresees no special problems here. Enter also a mysterious juror, Nicholas Easter, whom Fitch's army of jury investigators and manipulators can't quite seem to track-and his equally mysterious girlfriend Marlee, who soon shows Fitch she knows even mo ...more
Jul 07, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 2009
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
Kevin Lake
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
My father-in-law loaned this book to me during one of our visits (Chrissy thinks it was actually hers). It was around page 50 that I realized that i had read it probably 15 years ago. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed Grisham's style. Though you have a pretty good idea where the plot is going, it's the subplots and details that keep the suspense high.

I would still say The Rainmaker was my favorite of his books.
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"Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel.

Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of
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