Monday, February 6, 2012

The Litigators

The Litigators is the latest release from legal fiction juggernaut John Grisham. David Zinc works for Rogan Rothberg, a big time fancy law firm in Chicago. One day he decides he has had enough, walks out the doors and spends the day in a nearby bar. Eventually, he , quite inebriated, into the "boutique" law firm, Finley & Figg. Two ambulance chasers, Wally Figg and Oscar Finley agree to take David on their staff. They try to tack their firm and a few clients onto some mass tort litigation against an allegedly harmful drug, Krayoxx. Eventually, they find themselves as the sole litigators on the case when none of them have ever practiced this type of law before, or really set foot in a courtroom to argue anything other than divorce cases. What ensues is a fight for their lives and the lives of their clients against Varrick Labs, makers of Krayoxx.
I really like Grisham but I think he's lost a little bit of his mojo. Perhaps cranking out a book a year for the last 20 years will do that to an author. But, his more recent works don't seem to have the spark that some of his earlier ones did. Books like The Client, The Firm, A Time to Kill, Pelican Brief were all great storytelling, so great that they were made into movies. One of his books hasn't been made into a movie in many years. I will still continue to read Grisham but, I hope the spark returns. You can probably skip this one.

Rating: * * 1/2

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