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The King of Torts by John Grisham
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The King of Torts (2003)

by John Grisham

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Read in New Zealand from a copy purchased at the Taupo Library.
  ledgerbar | Feb 13, 2015 |
Without spoiling the story, I can say that this novel is a bell-curve novel. Read it, and find out. ( )
  davevanl | Jan 30, 2015 |
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  JosieRivers | Dec 28, 2014 |
I listened to “The King of Torts” by John Grisham and found it lightly entertaining. Although it is better than some of his last books it is definitely not as good as his earlier works. The story take the main character, a not very likable character Clay Carter from a unknown lawyer to the top of his game. Tort law was well explained

In the book, showing that one attorney can represent many clients and often sue a deep pocket corporation. Often the individual clients are not well compensated but it sees they are a money making machine for this young hungry attorney. Although it does not portray attorneys in a good light, it was as Mysterious Max introduces Clay Carter, a youngish lawyer going nowhere, to the shadowy world of "mass torts". Mass torts are when a large group of consumers bring action against a corporation for a faulty product. One lawyer may represent thousands of citizens. The idea is to get the corporation to settle (without going to court). The payout is in millions; the lawyer skims his enormous fee off the top and frequently the consumers get only a pittance in a successful action. I give this book a 3 star review ( )
  WeeziesBooks | Jun 27, 2014 |
Substance: A morality play, on how easy it is to slip into immorality when big money is involved, and how a scam artist can take out even the wary.
Style: Easy read, even with the legal jargon. "G" rated adult fare. ( )
  librisissimo | Jun 19, 2014 |
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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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