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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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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 |
A very gripping thriller from John Grisham which opened my hours to the awful tort system that is still prevalent in the USA. How one lawyer can become so rich when his clients earn so little from settlements. Tort lawyers - causing great fear amongst manufacturers. ( )
  adeej | Apr 25, 2014 |
The King of Torts, read by Dennis Boutsikaris, is incredible fun. I read this after reading "Sycamore row", a much deeper and multi-layered novel, and despite the very different, almost light-hearted tone, and the much quicker pace (maybe because of the abridged version), this is another fantastic read. Yes there is not much character development, but I think that was a choice. The plot moves very fast, it has a great rhythm, and you learn about the world of class action torts in the process.
While Sycamore is more about various types of lawyers, but at its core it focuses on the good that a great lawyer can do, King of Torts focuses on the bad that a greedy lawyer can do. Oh, so bad. To society, to innocent people, and to other lawyers. And the great protagonist, as always with Grisham, is money: Sycamore is about money and its complex influence on many lives, Torts is about money and the destructive power of greed. Read it, it's a great book. ( )
  tabascofromgudreads | Apr 19, 2014 |
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 |
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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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