The Litigators, by John Grisham

The LitigatorsFinished 11-24-11, rating 3.5/5, fiction, 385 pages, published 2011

Lawyer David Zinc spent the majority of his day overbilling clients at the very successful Trust Tower in downtown Chicago.  One day as he takes the elevator to the 93rd floor he knows he cannot step off.  He cannot go to work.  He finds the closest bar and drinks enough alcohol to kill a normal person.  When the taxi drops him at Finley & Figg instead of home to his wife his fate is sealed.

Finley & Figg are ambulance chasers.  They’ve been hustling for 30 years and have nothing to show for it but a barely profitable law office.  Inconceivably, David makes himself an office out of storage space and signs on with the two lawyers.  When Wally Figg finds the next big tort case that will make them millionaires all three are thrown into a class action lawsuit that none of them are prepared for.

I’ve read Grisham here and there over the years and usually really enjoy them, but this one really did bore me until about 250 pages in and even then I didn’t love it, but at least I was more engaged.  The problem might have been that I didn’t really enjoy Figg and Finley and whatever positive feelings I had toward David were tempered by confusion over why he’d saddle himself with such shady lawyers.

I did like David and the office manager  Rochelle and was more interested in the smaller plot line involving children’s toys tainted with lead paint.  Made me want to throw out all of Gage’s toys immediately.  The end was good, but the book overall was just average for me.

I checked this book out of the library.

13 thoughts on “The Litigators, by John Grisham

  1. Heather says:

    I haven’t been wowed by a Grisham novel since Runaway Jury…long time. Looks like I don’t need to pick up his latest. Oh well. Glad you read it and let me know it was average!

  2. Kathleen says:

    I used to love Grisham but got kind of bored with his stuff after awhile. It became too predictable for me. I’ve actually not heard of this one but it sounds like one to skip anyway!

  3. Caspette says:

    I stopped reading Grisham long ago. I just felt all his books were becoming reincarnations of his earlier work. From what I can see of the other comments looks like many people feel the same!

    Thanks for your review I have often thought maybe I have been too harsh on Grisham maybe I should give his latest book a try, but now I wont. My reading time is too precious.

  4. Thoughts of Joy says:

    I didn’t read your review because I’m reading it right now, but I’ve been intrigued since page 1. 🙂 I haven’t been thrilled with all Grisham’s books, but I love his style and the whole law/courtroom genre. I always look forward to more by him.

  5. Margot says:

    Along with most everyone else here, I liked Griham’s initial books. I thought/hoped The Litigators would be a return to the earlier books. I have the audio on reserve at the library. I may just skip it. I don’t need boredom.

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