The Litigators

  • by John Grisham
  • Narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris
  • 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The partners at Finley & Figg—all two of them—often refer to themselves as “a boutique law firm.” Boutique, as in chic, selective, and prosperous. They are, of course, none of these things. What they are is a two-bit operation always in search of their big break, ambulance chasers who’ve been in the trenches much too long making way too little. Their specialties, so to speak, are quickie divorces and DUIs, with the occasional jackpot of an actual car wreck thrown in. After twenty plus years together, Oscar Finley and Wally Figg bicker like an old married couple but somehow continue to scratch out a half-decent living from their seedy bungalow offices in southwest Chicago.
And then change comes their way. More accurately, it stumbles in. David Zinc, a young but already burned-out attorney, walks away from his fast-track career at a fancy downtown firm, goes on a serious bender, and finds himself literally at the doorstep of our boutique firm. Once David sobers up and comes to grips with the fact that he’s suddenly unemployed, any job—even one with Finley & Figg—looks okay to him.
With their new associate on board, F&F is ready to tackle a really big case, a case that could make the partners rich without requiring them to actually practice much law. An extremely popular drug, Krayoxx, the number one cholesterol reducer for the dangerously overweight, produced by Varrick Labs, a giant pharmaceutical company with annual sales of $25 billion, has recently come under fire after several patients taking it have suffered heart attacks. Wally smells money.
A little online research confirms Wally’s suspicions—a huge plaintiffs’ firm in Florida is putting together a class action suit against Varrick. All Finley & Figg has to do is find a handful of people who have had heart attacks while taking Krayoxx, convince them to become clients, join the class action, and ride along to fame and fortune. With any luck, they won’t even have to enter a courtroom!
It almost seems too good to be true.
And it is.


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Not Totally Grisham

I have often noticed, as the Grisham books have been published over the years, that the stories and characters seem a bit more exaggerated with each new release. What audible does not mention is that his recent books have been produced in collaboration with another writer, which probably helps his turnout rate and thus $$$ for the publisher. The collaboration is mentioned on a hard copy of any recent book - it's clearly indicated. So there's the reason for the subtle changes, and I miss the more nuanced and detailed writing of the earlier books. Now I am picking up a more "popular fiction" vibe, and noticing a few characters that seem almost cartoonish, which I lament, even though the books, this one no exception, are always entertaining. However, some of the introspection is lost, and so too is my identification with the characters and situations.

I really like this narrator, and actually prefer him to the "southern lite" reader who usually does the books that are located in the deep South.
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- Pamela Harvey "glam"

Good story, reader struggled

Grisham wrote a pretty good book here. I liked the story and while not his best, still worth the listen. However, I didnt like Dennis Boutsikaris much at all. His tone was pleasant enough but his delivery speed seemed much too quick for my liking. Also, he makes it tough to discern between characters....he makes all of the characters sound alike which makes you really have to concentrate while listening. With Boutsikaris there is no day dreaming and then coming back to Earth and being able to identify which chartcter is talking. I found myself often hitting my 30 second playback.
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- B. brown "moemoe"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-25-2011
  • Publisher: Random House Audio