John Grisham is the prolific writer of dozens of well received legal thrillers. His unique take on the judicial system and his inside knowledge of courtroom etiquette makes his books authentic and compelling. “The Litigators” is no exception to this and provides the reader with hours of page turning suspense.
“The Litigators” immediately submerges the reader in the life of the main character, a young lawyer named David, as he fights back a panic attack at the huge law firm he is employed at. After literally diving into the elevator to get away, he drowns his anxiety at a local bar and then stumbles across the “boutique” law firm of Finley & Figg which is run by two characters who bicker constantly and specialize in ambulance chasing. When the firm becomes entangled in a massive lawsuit against a major pharmaceutical company, David and the partners at Finley & Figg must come up with a way to win the case and save the tiny firm from bankruptcy.
The story was, overall, very entertaining. The plot, although slow moving at times, mostly maintained interest due to the sly humor Grisham injects into his writing. The characters were believable and their antics were fun to watch. However, the book felt a bit “too long” and a steeper climax at the end would have been preferable, but it was still a solid novel. Definitely a must read for any Grisham fans out there.
Title: The Litigators
Author: John Grisham
Publication Date: June 2012
Genre: Suspense/ Legal Fiction