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The King of Torts (2003)

by John Grisham

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Greedy lawyers! Others say that this is Grisham's warning to the legal profession...sounds plausible to me. The characters were interesting and well developed. The legal, technical details seemed believable. I enjoyed the book and will forever wonder about the side effects of the prescriptions I am taking. ( )
  buffalogr | Jan 26, 2014 |
From Publishers Weekly Grisham continues to impress with his daring, venturing out of legal thrillers entirely for A Painted House and Skipping Christmas (the re-release of which this past fall was itself a bold move) and, within the genre, working major variations. Here's his most unusual legal thriller yet--a story whose hero and villain are the same, a young man with the tragic flaw of greed; a story whose suspense arises not from physical threat but moral turmoil, and one that launches a devastating assault on a group of the author's colleagues within the law. Mass tort lawyers are Grisham's target, the men (they're all men here, at least) who win billion-dollar class-action settlements from corporations selling bad products, then rake fantastic fees off the top, with far smaller payouts going to the people harmed by the products. Clay Carter is a burning-out lawyer at the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) in Washington, D.C., when he catches the case of a teen who, for no apparent reason, has gunned down an acquaintance. Clay is approached by a mysterious stranger, the enigmatic Max Pace, who says he represents a megacorporation whose bad drug caused the teen--and others--to kill. The corporation will pay Clay $10 million to settle with all the murder victims at $5 million per, if all is accomplished on the hush-hush; that way, the corporation avoids trial and possibly much higher jury awards. After briefly examining his conscience, Clay bites. He quits the OPD, sets up his own firm and settles the cases. In reward, Pace gives him a present--a mass tort case based on stolen evidence but worth tens of millions in fees. Clay lunges again, eventually winning over a hundred million in fees. He is crowned by the press the new King of Torts, with enough money to hobnob with the other, venal-hearted tort royalty, to buy a Porsche, a Georgetown townhouse and a private jet, but not enough to forget his heartache over the woman he loves, who dumped him as a loser right before his career took off. Clay's financial/legal hubris knows few bounds, and soon he's overextended, his future hanging on the results of one product liability trial. The tension is considerable throughout, and readers will like the gentle ending, but Grisham's aim here clearly is to educate as he entertains. He can be didactic (" Nobody earns ten million dollars in six months, Clay,' " a friend warns. "You might win it, steal it, or have it drop out of the sky, but nobody earns money like that. It's ridiculous and obscene' "), but readers will applaud Grisham's fierce moral stance (while perhaps wondering what sort of advance he got for this book) as they cling to his words every step along the way of this powerful and gripping morality tale.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. Review “Rousing . . . Another pedal-to-the-metal crowd-pleaser.”—_People_ “Offers everything one expects from Grisham . . . delivers with a vengeance.”_—The Seattle Times_ “Satisfying . . . a lot of fun . . . When you finish it, youĂ‚Â’re ready to dash on to the next Grisham.”_—Entertainment Weekly_
 
“A thrill ride of twists and turns.”_—The Philadelphia Inquirer_ From the Paperback edition. ( )
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
Disappointing read. It starts with the potential of being a good thriller, but goes nowhere. I kept expecting some twist somewhere, but nothing happened. Just basic story of greed will get you in trouble. Don't buy it, read it from the library. ( )
  maryreinert | Aug 16, 2013 |
Woah!! This story always takes me out. Every character is vividly drawn and even those with a side role in the story seem to have dramatic presence. The blend of ideal and reality is shockingly harsh sometimes and yet easy to relate too. I'm a fan of Grisham and especially this book *(my third or fourth read). But as usual I kept the book close to my body for instant consumption. Simply yum.
  KenBradford | Aug 8, 2013 |
Read a lot of Grisham's books in past years - before I started keeping track .....
Enjoyed this one.
His are always a recommend - until . . . . you get tired of the genre . . .
Read in 2005.
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  CasaBooks | Apr 28, 2013 |
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The office of the public defender is not known as a training ground for bright young litigators. Clay Carter has been there too long and, like most of his colleagues, dreams of a better job in a real firm. When he reluctantly takes the case of a young man charged with a random street killing, he assumes it is just another of the many senseless murders that hit D.C. every week.

As he digs into the background of his client, Clay stumbles on a conspiracy too horrible to believe. He suddenly finds himself in the middle of a complex case against one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, looking at the kind of enormous settlement that would totally change his life—that would make him, almost overnight, the legal profession’s newest king of torts...


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Clay Carter, a public defender, reluctantly takes the case of a young man charged with a random street killing, assuming it is just another of the many senseless murders that hit D.C. every week. As he digs into the background of his client, Clay stumbles on a conspiracy too horrible to believe. He suddenly finds himself in the middle of a complex case against one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, looking at the kind of enormous settlement that would totally change his life--that would make him almost overnight, the legal profession's newest king of torts.… (more)

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