The Litigators by John Grisham

David Zinc is a Harvard Law grad who has a nervous breakdown on his way to work.  And you wouldn’t blame him for feeling a little claustrophobic in his downtown Chicago law firm, a place where he makes big bucks but is so busy he can’t spend the money.

He ends up at a bar, and then at a dump of a law firm called Finley & Figg.  Because David was drunk from his nervous breakdown and consequent time at the bar, he sees opportunity at this law firm, even if they do advertise on bingo chips.

The lawyers at Finley & Figg spend their time “hustling injury cases, a daily grind that required little skill or creativity and would never be considered cool or sexy. Profits were as elusive as status. The firm was small because it couldn’t afford to grow. It was selective only because no one wanted to work there, including the two men who owned it. . . . With a Vietnamese massage parlor to its left and a lawn mower repair shop to its right, it was clear at a casual glance that Finley & Figg was not prospering.”

David’s impressions are right.  The secretary, Rochelle, is resentful, lazy, and perhaps the most competent employee at the firm. The senior partner, Oscar, is married to a horrible woman he dreams of divorcing. And the junior partner, Wally, is an alcoholic who literally runs out the door when he hears an ambulance – something that happens with great regularity because the firm is conveniently situated near a dangerous intersection.

You know those terrible lawyers that advertise on billboards or TV?  That’s not Finley & Figg.  They can’t even afford a billboard, and David is so invigorated by the idea of freedom that he accepts a job there.  (The fact that they offered this drunk Harvard Law grad a job says a great deal about the firm’s standards.)

Suddenly, however, the firm jumps into a class-action suit against “Big Pharma” – the makers of a drug called Krayoxx, which fights cholesterol and has been causing heart attacks and strokes.

Or has it?

The Litigators is a delightful read, especially if you – or someone you love – is one.  I picked it up because I’m married to a man named David who is also a Harvard Law grad.  Though he’s not an ambulance chaser, the book did a great job of showing how the law can be used for ill or good.

Plus, it’s a page turner!

Leave a comment below for a chance to win a copy of this book!  Not only will you be entered to win a copy of the book, you will also receive weekly e-zines from SixSeeds Family Portal at Patheos which will announce the winner and have more giveaway information!

Why not read it in preparation for the debut of The Firm on NBC.  The new television show will begin on Sunday, January 8 at 9 PM / 8 PM Central on NBC and is based on Grisham’s #1 Best Selling book.

About Nancy French

Nancy French is a three time New York Times Best Selling Author.

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  • Denise

    Love his books – have read them all except for this one, and the reviews say it’s good – can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

  • shel

    Grisham is awesome, one of my favorite authors. He was the keynote speaker at my son’s college graduation and he’s just as engaging in person as his books.

  • Heather McDonough

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  • Scott

    Anxious to read Grisham’s newest book. I would enjoy it even more if I won it here!

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    I haven’t read a Grisham book in a while; sounds good!

  • Sherry Russell

    would love to read

  • Holly C

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  • DL Preston

    Love a good Grisham tale. Harvard lawyer doing unappreciated work for little pay? That’s the making of a good story.

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  • Linda

    Grisham is a GREAT author. I have read a few of his books and have never been disappointed.

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  • Anne G. Edwards

    I have heard and read good reviews of The Litigators and hope to add it to my “have read” list soon! John Grisham is a favorite author of mine.

  • Martha

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  • Diane Nockels

    Love John Grisham books! Have not had a new hardcover book in SO long! Would live to win and curl up on these cold nights reading a great author!

  • Patrcia

    John Grisham tends to write page-turner books. Those books are devoured at our place. However we have not yet read this one and would love the opportunity. Thanks for the contest.

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  • Robyn Norris

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  • Yasmiyn

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  • Cassandra

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  • KD

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  • Summer

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  • Ann Marie Blodgett

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  • Susan Jensen

    Sounds like an intriguing read! You can always count on Grisham for an interesting, fast-paced story. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Julie LeVeen

    My step-dad has been wanting to borrow this from the library in two different states. So have hundreds of others who are all waiting to get their chance to borrow a copy. It sounds like a great read.

  • Patti D

    I have always liked Grisham’s books, but never have gotten to this one. Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Donald Dunn

    Love his books! These are books I will hand down to my girls. This one I have not gotten ……yet.

  • Stacey

    Have always enjoyed Grisham

  • Laura Maxwell

    There’s always a fork in the road. Evil vs. good, easy vs. hard, right vs. wrong. It’s not always easy to make the right choice. Sounds like a relevant book especially where the law is concerned. I’ve always said, “just because it’s legal, doesn’t make it moral” Thanks for sharing.

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