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The Runaway Jury by John Grisham

The Runaway Jury (1996)

by John Grisham

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Gishams best so far. i was unable to put this down. I notice the film doesnt do it justice, What a surprise !!!! ( )
  Tony2704 | Mar 8, 2015 |
The Runaway Jury is a tight and well-written novel by a master of his genre. Lawyers and legalese populate Grisham's stories and this book was no exception. I enjoyed this book, particularly the way the central character developed. It wasn't until I was one-third the way through that I began to understand that character's angle and even as his purpose became clear the final resolution was unknown until the last pages. This was a page turner that I found hard to put down, and it makes an excellent book to read while traveling. ( )
  BradKautz | Dec 2, 2014 |
This started out pretty entertaining, but it just fizzled out. Grisham has a tendency to end his books with a whimper instead of a bang. The ending had been telegraphed so no surprises and no "umph." Typical Grisham. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 22, 2014 |
The first Grisham book I've read, fearing they were all legal mumbo jumbo. Surprisingly, they aren't.

In Biloxi, Mississippi another trial is taking place against the cigarette companies. They have won every other case, so this one is in the bag. Unethical, immoral, and sometimes illegal practices are common practice to ensure a success. But something is different with this case, someone is working on the inside influencing the jury. But who? And why?

A very well written and easily comprehensible book, with the legal jargon at a minimum. I truly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more Grisham. ( )
  PhxDan | Aug 28, 2014 |
The Runaway Jury by John Grisham
Read one other book by this author and thought I'd try another as I enjoyed the process of the clues to solving the mysteries that arise.
Love how he captures your attention and holds it for the whole book as the plot moves along.
Interesting learning how the tobacco company didn't feel they were to blame for the people who died from smoking.. I know nothing of the jury process so that part was interesting to learn about.
Liked all the statistics and the ongoings of the people during the trial on the jury.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device). ( )
  jbarr5 | May 16, 2014 |
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Grisham is either remarkably prescient or just plain lucky; because with public concerns about the tobacco companies heating up, and two major nonfiction books currently garnering a lot of attention, he has come up with a tobacco-suit novel that lights up the courtroom.

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The face of Nicholas Easter was slightly hidden by a display rack filled with slim cordless phones, and he was looking not directly at the hidden camera but somewhere off to the left, perhaps at a customer, or perhaps at a counter where a group of kids hovered over the latest electronic games from Asia.
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Since the day his name was selected from the electoral roll, Nicholas Easter has been watched by a private army of lawyers and jury consultants. He is one of 196 prospective jurors in a civil liability trial – and not just any civil liability trial. On one side: the widow of a lung cancer victim, demanding hefty compensation. On the other: a coalition of four tobacco companies who cannot afford to lose the case. A verdict for the plaintiff will mean a disastrous cascade of litigation – so the tobacco companies have hired Rankin Fitch: a ruthless expert on juries who will do anything to win. Victory, however, will not be easy. As Fitch will soon discover, he is not the only crook trying to manipulate this jury.
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Millions of dollars are at stake in a huge tobacco-company case in Biloxi, and the jury's packed with people who have dirty little secrets. A mysterious young man takes subtle control of the jury as the defense watches helplessly, but they soon realize that he in turn is controlled by an even more mysterious young woman. Lives careen off course as they bend everyone in the case to their will.

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The jury in a Mississippi tobacco trial appears to be manipulated and controlled.

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