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3.00004502925553 out of 53.00004502925553 out of 53.00004502925553 out of 53.00004502925553 out of 53.00004502925553 out of 5 3.00 (37,087 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Grisham Narrator: Michael Beck Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2003 ISBN: 9780739302255
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The office of the public defender is not known as a training ground for bright young litigators. Clay Carter has been there too long and, like most of his colleagues, dreams of a better job in a real firm. When he reluctantly takes the case of a young man charged with a random street killing, he assumes it is just another of the many senseless murders that hit D.C. every week.

As he digs into the background of his client, Clay stumbles on a conspiracy too horrible to believe. He suddenly finds himself in the middle of a complex case against one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, looking at the kind of enormous settlement that would totally change his life—that would make him, almost overnight, the legal profession’s newest king of torts...


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  • Offers everything one expects from Grisham . . . delivers with a vengeance. The Seattle Times
  • Satisfying . . . a lot of fun . . . When you finish it, you’re ready to dash on to the next Grisham. Entertainment Weekly
     
  • A thrill ride of twists and turns. The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • “Satisfying…a lot of fun…When you finish it, you’re ready to dash on to the next Grisham.”

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  • “Offers everything one expects from Grisham…delivers with a vengeance.”

    Seattle Times

  • “A thrill ride of twists and turns.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Another thrilling legal brief from John Grisham.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Readers will applaud Grisham’s fierce moral stance as they cling to his words every step along the way of this powerful and gripping morality tale.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5 Robert | 4/5/2017

    " Great book if you like law, mystery and greed. The story keeps you waiting to see what happens next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 2/13/2014

    " Another great story from John Grisham. I haven't found a book of his that I don't like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 1/30/2014

    " I enjoyed the look into what goes on in these big class action suits and who really wins (the lawyers of course) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whitney Jackson | 1/25/2014

    " I am a huge John Grisham fan, however this book was slightly disappointing. It was still an enjoyable read, but after Grisham set the bar so high with past books, this one falls very short of my expectations. The beginning of the book is very detailed and drawn out, the middle is pretty exciting, but it drops off at the end, as if he was in a hurry to finish the book. If this is the first of John's books that you are looking to read, I would recommend one such as "The Rainmaker" or "The Runaway Jury". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 1/24/2014

    " This was a typical Grisham book but entertaining none the less. Very quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachelle | 1/24/2014

    " my first John Grisham book...i liked! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Praneeth Alapati | 1/23/2014

    " Started out great but the ending seemed a bit rushed in..A good book "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amber | 1/22/2014

    " boring and tedious. Very disappointed with this book from Grisham. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angella | 1/21/2014

    " Predictable with a predictable ending. I was generaly entertained. But it was not exciting. However I did learn whole lot about class actions suits I always wondered about those adds on TV and how it all worked "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy Wood | 1/21/2014

    " nothing special. a tale of getting caught up in greed and then getting your comeuppance "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 James | 1/20/2014

    " A ham-handed morality tale, the entire plot of which was telegraphed in the first 10 pages. Even for summer airplane reading, this books lacks craft. Between this and The Last Juror, I'm convinced to never read another Grisham novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam McCauley | 1/9/2014

    " Always like what Grisham writes.....just don't read too many in a row. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel Floyd | 12/26/2013

    " Grisham is back! It was a lot more fictional than I would have expected, taking a good deal of suspension of disbelief at times, but overall fairly realistic at the end, and very personable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn Manning | 12/22/2013

    " I know this isn't the most popular of John Grisham's novels.. but I LOVED it. I think I was biting my nails through most of the book.. I loved the intensity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzie | 12/19/2013

    " One of John Grisham's usual legal books. It was interesting in that it taught me a lot of stuff I didn't know about mass lawsuits, but the overall story wasn't very intruiging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charity | 12/17/2013

    " Starts out good in great Grisham fashion...however, the ending was sorely disappointing missing that out of the world twist that may not correct everything, but at least keeps you hanging. Ok, but not one of my favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sqyire21 | 12/11/2013

    " Very good read. I always enjoy how Grisham can take the hero, place them in a situation they have no hope of winning, and then he uses logic (and the law) to get them out of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 12/11/2013

    " Another Grisham novel that is hard to put down. I read it in just over a day. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 11/12/2013

    " Readable, but not one of his best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrice Hoffman | 7/18/2013

    " I know much more about flying jets around the world now that I've read this book. I also know a little more about Tort litigation. I think it's crazy but it could have been a much more interesting book if there was someone who was actually a good guy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abigail | 4/4/2013

    " I really enjoyed this. I listened to it last year and thought it was a great book for car rides/commute. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ivy | 8/19/2012

    " Great book with many interesting twists. The medical world seems to have laws of its own which is very scary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 2/26/2012

    " Entertaining and educational. I now look at all of those television attorney adds with a far different eye. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 12/13/2011

    " Ok, Grisham the same ole same ole. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry Ford | 10/31/2011

    " Grisham always delivers - a decent read worth the effort. Not as good as some of the early books, but still kept my interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 10/15/2011

    " If you ever wondered about how lawyers get rich from class action lawsuits this book provides all the answers. And of course Grisham tells a good tale was well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty Cook | 9/23/2011

    " This one sure did teach a lot about TORT LAW !! COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carole | 9/21/2011

    " His non-fiction 'Innocent Man' was so good, I was hopeful. This was really predictable and an over the top bashing of mass torte lawyers. I picked up a copy of short stories he wrote, I'll see if his fiction writing appeals to me in short form. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justine | 8/16/2011

    " I didn't read this as such as listened to it. It's not my normal genre of book but it made a day decorating much better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 7/11/2011

    " Nancy 4.5 stars; Ron 5 stars "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/27/2011

    " Almost done. So predictable. Very disappointing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Irma | 5/8/2011

    " The author gives great details and descriptions of the emotions and feelings of the protagonist; yet the book kind of dragged. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 5/5/2011

    " I know a lot of people that didn't think this one one of Grisham's better lawyer books but it's actually one of my favorites from him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 5/4/2011

    " Always love a good John Grisham, and having not read one for a while, this one hit the spot perfectly. Can't believe it was written in 2003 and I've only just managed to read it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jody | 4/5/2011

    " Not one of his better books but it was still good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Florence | 4/3/2011

    " An attorney becomes in chasing tort cases where he seeks thousands who may have been harmed by a large, wealthy company. It shows how attorneys with tort cases hurt many who have been victimized by the large companies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeri | 3/30/2011

    " I was into this from the first chapter. I kept hoping that Clay would get his head on straight. I wasn't really into the girlfriend plot but the rest was gripping. Makes you wonder what you would do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendar88 | 3/27/2011

    " Started off a bit unrealistic, and continued to be so, but after a while you just get into it and forget reality. A fun adventure that gets quite tense. Easy to follow and a fun ride. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod | 3/15/2011

    " If you really want to understand the need for tort reform this is an excellent way to star in a fast paced good read
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 3/11/2011

    " It's a Grisham. 'Nuff said. Gave it 2 stars because I was curious enough to read to the end. But really, what did I expect? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lyz | 3/1/2011

    " Meh. After reading The Runaway Jury I was excited to begin this book, but I am pretty disappointed. The main character, Clay Carter, is neither likeable nor unlikeable. He is kind of like the book itself...uninspired and unmotivated...

    "

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About the Author
Author John Grisham

John Grisham, whose name has become synonymous with the modern legal thriller, used to work sixty to seventy hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi, law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel. When finally published, A Time to Kill met with little success, but when he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers. Spending forty-seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991. The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham’s reputation as the master of the legal thriller. His success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was then republished. This time around, it was a bestseller. Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year, and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 275 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into forty languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films, as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

About the Narrator

Michael Beck is an American actor and audiobook narrator. He is best known for his role in the 1979 film, The Warriors. He has narrated numerous novels by John Grisham, as well as Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz and My Life by Bill Clinton. He lives in California.