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The King of Torts by John Grisham
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The old adage, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is,” would have been the perfect lesson for the main character to repeat in his head through this book. What is it about a slick man promising a lot of money that people just jump at the chance of? Oh right, the promise of a lot of money.

The ending is predictable, which is likely why it’s left for the very end. The majority of this book is about Clay Carter’s rise to the King of Torts than it is about the inevitable fall he suffers once at the top. Which, of course, leaves a lot to be desired in the end for resolution.

This novel is less about the cases and the torts than it is about Carter’s life throughout the rise and fall. Carter’s relationships, his friends, how he spends his newfound money. However, despite it being about Carter, Carter as a character has no real depth. He admits to losing sleep or feeling bad, but none of it has any consequence besides him saying so. If Grisham really wanted a cost of being a millionaire story then this should have been given a little more in depth.

Reasons to Read:

- It’s John Grisham, his writing is still incredible

- Interesting look at lawyers who sue major drug companies only looking to settle

Reasons Not to Read:

- Flat characters

- Predictable
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Reading Progress

April 25, 2012 – Started Reading
April 25, 2012 – Shelved
April 26, 2012 –
page 14
3.61%
April 28, 2012 –
page 42
10.82%
April 29, 2012 –
page 56
14.43%
April 30, 2012 –
page 66
17.01%
May 2, 2012 –
page 96
24.74%
May 3, 2012 –
page 112
28.87%
May 4, 2012 –
page 136
35.05%
May 5, 2012 –
page 152
39.18%
May 6, 2012 –
page 166
42.78%
May 7, 2012 –
page 182
46.91%
May 8, 2012 –
page 190
48.97%
May 9, 2012 –
page 216
55.67%
May 10, 2012 –
page 226
58.25%
May 11, 2012 –
page 240
61.86%
May 12, 2012 –
page 250
64.43%
May 13, 2012 –
page 270
69.59%
May 14, 2012 –
page 294
75.77%
May 15, 2012 –
page 318
81.96%
May 16, 2012 –
page 340
87.63%
May 17, 2012 –
page 352
90.72%
May 18, 2012 –
page 364
93.81%
May 19, 2012 –
page 382
98.45%
May 23, 2012 –
page 450
100%
May 23, 2012 –
page 450
100%
May 24, 2012 – Finished Reading

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