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The Litigators: The blockbuster bestselling legal thriller from John Grisham Broché – 19 juillet 2012
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'No one does it better than Grisham' Telegraph
Street lawyer. Street rules.
David Zinc has it all: Big firm, big salary, life in the lawyer's fast lane.
Until the day he snaps and throws it all away.
Leaving the world of corporate law far behind, he talks himself into a new job with Finley & Figg. A self-styled 'boutique' firm with only two partners, Oscar Finley and Wally Figg are ambulance-chasing street lawyers who hustle nickel-and-dime cases, dreaming of landing the big win.
For all his Harvard Law Degree and five years with Chicago's top firm, Zinc has never entered a courtroom, never helped a client who really needed a lawyer,
never handled a gun.
All that is about to change.
What readers are saying about THE LITIGATORS
'Unputdownable!' - 5 STARS
'Vintage Grisham' - 5 STARS
'Grisham at his best' - 5 STARS
350+ million copies, 45 languages, 9 blockbuster films:
NO ONE WRITES DRAMA LIKE JOHN GRISHAM
Description du produit
Revue de presse
No one does it better than Grisham ― Daily Telegraph
A superbly plotted legal thriller ― Sunday Express
Grisham's past form leads you to expect gripped drama; instead he produces a brilliant comic set piece in which everything that could go wrong in a trial does ― The Sunday Times
Biographie de l'auteur
Beginning with The Firm in 1991, John Grisham has published at least one #1 bestseller every year. His books have been translated into 45 languages and have sold over 350 million copies worldwide. Ten have been adapted to film, including The Firm, The Pelican Brief, and A Time To Kill. His Theodore Boone series for young readers is now in development at Netflix. An avid sports fan, he has written two novels about football, one about baseball, and in 2021 he published Sooley, a story set in the world of college basketball. His lone work of non-fiction, The Innocent Man, was adapted into a six-part Netflix docuseries.
He is the two-time winner of the Harper Lee Prize For Legal Fiction and was distinguished with the Library of Congress Creative Achievement Award For Fiction.
When he's not writing, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Innocence Project and Centurion Ministries, two national organizations dedicated to exonerating those who have been wrongfully convicted. Much of his recent fiction explores deep-seated problems in our criminal justice systems.
A graduate of Mississippi State University and Ole Miss Law School, he lives on a farm in central Virginia, around the corner from the youth baseball complex he built in 1996. He still serves as its Commissioner.
Détails sur le produit
- Éditeur : Hodder Paperbacks; 1er édition (19 juillet 2012)
- Langue : Anglais
- Broché : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1444729721
- ISBN-13 : 978-1444729726
- Poids de l'article : 312 g
- Dimensions : 14.2 x 3 x 20.2 cm
- Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon : 929 en Thrillers judiciaires
- 1,342 en Policier et Suspense en États-Unis
- 10,840 en Suspense (Livres)
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Our hero is David Zinc, thirty years something with a great background and wonderful career prospective ahead. Through David Zinc, we will discover a law firm, Finley & Figg, an ambulance-chasing law firm in Chicago - precisely "a boutique firm "as both partners refer to themselves. The "boutique " has two partners, Wally Figg a junior partner who dreams of big cases even though no one in the firm has the skills to handle such cases, Oscar Finley, the senior partner who has non ambition about the firm and would like to divorce his wife and take his retirement ,Rochelle a bitter secretary and AC the dog. The two partners are not good lawyers, their law ethic is dubious, the prices are always higher and law cases are often made complicated to increase their fees even though they fail to win even the basic law case.
David our burn out hero ends up there, partnering with both associates. The story is based upon a lawsuit against a giant pharmaceutical company. David has to learn fast as He will understands he has joined a law firm where the lawyers lack solid knowledge of law.
Bien sûr, on reste dans le monde des avocats que l'auteur connaît si bien mais pour la première fois, je me suis beaucoup amusé en lisant ce livre qui pourtant ne manque pas de profondeur.
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David Zinc an aspiring young lawyer falls amongst disreputable dreamers in the ambulance chasing quickie-divorce boutique law-practice of Finley & Figg on the bad-side of town; a world way from the Harvard law school and downtown corporate practice that is his natural hunting ground. The hapless modus operandi of the down-at-heel stereotypes of back-street hustlers Oscar Finely and Wally Figg, their office manager Rochelle and the office dog AC will make chuckle, while their starched collared new recruit David Zinc does his best to retain his honesty and integrity and come out on top despite everything they throw at him.
So yes it's light-hearted but it's a fun romp from cover to cover and …
[SPOILER ALERT] … the good guys win in the end (but you knew they would from page one).
Or at least, so I thought until I read 'The Appeal' a few years ago. It struck me as altogether too ranty. What it was saying may well have been entirely true – life may really be like that – but if I want to read about injustice and corruption in the legal system, well I’ve got newspapers, and if I want to understand the mechanics of wealth behind it, I have Tomas Piketty.
It’s precisely when I need a break from the Pikettys that I turn to Grisham. So 'The Appeal put me off for quite some time. Until, in fact, two weeks ago when I happened to be at a friend’s house and glanced at the copy of 'The Litigators' I found on her shelf.
I was immediately intrigued, the plot premiss sounded so good: David Zinc, a lawyer on his way to a successful career in a huge and soulless firm in Chicago, decides he can stand it no longer and walks out. A day spent in a bar leads to his wandering, well lubricated, into a seedy law firm in a disreputable part of town, that same evening. The firm he chooses likes to think of itself as “boutique”, but it is in fact just small: two lawyers and a receptionist working out of run-down premises and living by ambulance chasing.
Well, perhaps not so much living as subsisting.
Immediately, Zinc finds himself sucked into the biggest case his new firm has ever seen, the one that after many disappointments, really could make the partners rich. But this kind of mass class action is way out of their league, and Zinc has to undergo a rapid and intensive education in how to fight, and more frequently, how not to fight this kind of case.
Fortunately, it’s not his only case. By chance, he’s led to pick up another, involving a toy that led to the lead-poisoning of the son of Burmese immigrants. They badly need, and have been unable to obtain, legal representation. He’s more than happy to start putting together a law suit on their behalf (while also cultivating, with his wife, a more personal relationship with them).
The two suits end in profoundly different ways, and their conclusion provides the basis for a new view of the future for Zinc, his partners in the “boutique” firm, the receptionist and even the firm’s dog.
It’s a highly enjoyable read – the kind of thing that takes a couple of days or so – and the ending left me feeling I’d rediscovered the Grisham I used to like. Not quite pure entertainment, because he also provides an insight into the world of the law, which I enjoy almost as much as his compelling plots. But the insight enhances the entertainment value.
So – no hesitation on my part in recommending 'The Litigators'. Especially if you’re tired, lying in a bath, or on a long flight. It’s well worth five stars – not because it’s great literature but because it does exactly what a Grisham ought to do.