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The Runaway Jury by John Grisham

The Runaway Jury (original 1996; edition 1997)

by John Grisham

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Title:The Runaway Jury
Authors:John Grisham
Info:Arrow, London (1997), Paperback, 496 pages
Collections:Read but unowned

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The Runaway Jury by John Grisham (1996)

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Once in a while, my spouse feels that it's important to help "clean out" her elderly mother's house. One way to help is to bring books home. Mostly, they get instantly recycled to the church-fair book table, but occasionally, I pick one up and read it. This is one such book. I vaguely remember having read another book by Grisham a couple of years ago on vacation, and it wasn't too awful. Besides, it's my Christian duty to read something written after the second world war once in a while.

Anyway, this book is about a giant tobacco liability litigation. Both sides are spending millions of dollars, and using many of those dollars to bribe their way into having influence over the jurors, so as to affect the trial outcome. So, that's mostly what happens, lots of legal skullduggery. It turns out, there's some skullduggery from the inside the jury pool as well. So, this makes for an interesting enough read. Not literature, but an engaging enough plot line.
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  lgpiper | Jun 21, 2019 |
Not at all what I had expected. You were never really sure which way it would go. It is an interesting controversial topic. I will look to read more of his books! ( )
  Chelz286 | Aug 26, 2018 |
Good courtroom drama with the tobacco industry as defendant. Subplots abound--one wonders how they contribute? Skipped large portions of the book to see what happens at the end. It's always good to read Grisham. Ending was predictable. ( )
  buffalogr | May 13, 2018 |
interesting way to solve a problem ( )
  DelightedLibrarian | Jan 2, 2018 |
RUNAWAY JURY by John Grisham
Not his best!
I usually really like Grisham’s work. This one was boring (too much detail) for the first half. The second half, when the plot began to be revealed, was better but still not up to his usual interesting plot and characters. You never really get to know Marlee or Nickolas so you don’t care about them. You do get to know some of the other jury members, but not enough to care. You know Rankin, but he is eminently unlikeable.
Maybe I just read this one after it was out of date. Maybe I was just not in the mood, but this was just not very interesting. Sorry, John.
2 stars out of 5 ( )
  beckyhaase | Jul 22, 2017 |
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From Publishers Weekly
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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Every jury has a leader, and the verdict belongs to him.
To the memory of Tim Hargrove (1953-1995)
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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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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 behavior. Is the jury somehow being manipulated, or even controlled? If so, by whom? And, more important, why?

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