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 20-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.
The Litigators is a tremendously entertaining romp, filled with the kind of courtroom strategies, theatrics, and suspense that have made John Grisham America’s favorite storyteller.
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It's hard to believe that John Grisham was willing to put his name on this book and sell it. It's as though someone took all of Grisham's hallmark (and now cliched) characters and plot lines and mashed them together in a meandering, pointless narrative only absent the excitement. This one has the "ominous, controlling mega-law-firm," the "slimy and slightly dumb injury lawyers," the "cantankerous old judge" and, of course, the "bright, young associate looking to break free of his lawyerly existence." This book is filled with the worst stereotypical characters from any legal thriller and, worse, it's hard to even know for whom you are supposed to be rooting. Grisham imbues everyone involved with terrible motives. The production value of the audio book was fine. The story, however, was horrible. Hard to say that I'll go back to Grisham again after this travesty.
I listened to the abridged version (in the car, while traveling) so some of the story's development may have been removed. The plot was intriguing and the story moved quickly enough; I would recommend to other readers who enjoy John Grisham but I didn't think the selection was one of his best books.