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The Runaway Jury: A Novel by John Grisham
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The Runaway Jury: A Novel (original 1996; edition 2010)

by John Grisham (Author)

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Every jury has a leader, and the verdict belongs to him.In Biloxi, Mississippi, a landmark tobacco trial with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake beginsroutinely, then swerves mysteriously off course. The jury is behaving strangely, and at least one juroris convinced he's being watched. Soon they have to be sequestered. Then a tip from an anonymousyoung 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?… (more)
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another great read ( )
  MustangGuy | Mar 4, 2020 |
I've not read much of Grisham's work, but he's an author I generally enjoy, and while I've no interest in going back to re-read this the same way I did with The Street Lawyer, I don't have any real complaints. ( )
  Fardo | Oct 15, 2019 |
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 |
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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.
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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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ISBN 058243405X is the Penguin Readers, Level 6 book retold by Hilary Maxwell-Hyslop.
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Every jury has a leader, and the verdict belongs to him.In Biloxi, Mississippi, a landmark tobacco trial with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake beginsroutinely, then swerves mysteriously off course. The jury is behaving strangely, and at least one juroris convinced he's being watched. Soon they have to be sequestered. Then a tip from an anonymousyoung 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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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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