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3.72340909090909 out of 53.72340909090909 out of 53.72340909090909 out of 53.72340909090909 out of 53.72340909090909 out of 5 3.72 (44 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Grisham Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9780307943200
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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 the 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, Finley & Figg 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brilliant…Superbthe kind of grab-a-reader-by-the-shoulders suspense story that demands to be inhaled as quickly as possible.” 

    Washington Post

  • “Packed with tension, legal roadblocks, and shocking rev­elations.” 

    USA Today

  • “One of Grisham’s best efforts in many seasons a rous­ing return to his dexterous good-guy-faces-corrupt-system storytelling.”

    People

  • “A trademark John Grisham courtroom thriller.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “[An] entertaining modern-day legal thriller.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A tight (in a couple of senses), unexpectedly comic courtroom saga…Grisham’s [The Litigators] is a hoot.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A #1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • An Amazon.com Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 2/20/2014

    " I don't read a lot of John Grisham, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It wasn't this, but that's not a bad thing. It was a quick read, and that's what I was looking for at the time, so it was fine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 2/17/2014

    " When David Zink stumbles into the front door of Finley & Figg, little does he realize how intertwined his future will be with Oscar Finley and Wally Figg. Dreaming of mass tort settlements, Wally has the firm involved in drug litigation that proves unfounded. It is up to Dave, the newest attorned at Finley & Figg, to save the day. This is my favorite Grisham book in a long time. I loved the humor to the story and I really loved the happy ending! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luana De Faveri | 2/17/2014

    " Very nice read, great for a summer evening : ) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 2/9/2014

    " another very good book from John Grisham "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Bradley | 2/8/2014

    " Although not nearly as action-packed, on-the-edge-of-your-seat exciting as his earlier novels, this definitely beats some of Grisham's newer novels, which were just too boring. This one was more of a human story and potentially more realistic. Overall, I enjoyed it, but I sure miss books like The Firm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Soumya | 2/2/2014

    " Very insightful and interesting read about "boutique lawyers" trying to rich over-night ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Mettel | 1/8/2014

    " I just finished The Litigators. I stumbled with the first chapter but then could not put the book down. The introduction of David Zinc was the clincher. I smiled through most of the book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe A | 1/8/2014

    " An enjoyable read, but I will probably not be reading another Grisham book again. Just too predictable, now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marie | 1/8/2014

    " Good in parts - but got a bit silly in places "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 1/7/2014

    " Not terribly interesting until the end. His first work was much better. The characters id not grab you and bring you into the story very well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raquel | 12/26/2013

    " Excellent sequencing. No loose ends. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 12/25/2013

    " Not his best written book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 12/23/2013

    " I put this book down almost as soon as I started reading it. A friend who enjoys the same authors convinced me to pick it up again and I'm glad I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Jedd | 12/2/2013

    " Surprisingly awesome-- could not put it down, and I am not a Grisham fan! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 11/26/2013

    " Very enjoyable. You might think this is "light" reading but you will learn a lot about class action suits and maneuvers. I would recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leonard Entwistle | 11/23/2013

    " Excellent, like most Grisham's a real page turner but this time with plenty of humour. More realistic than most of his and some genuinely funny bits. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 10/28/2013

    " Another good book by Grisham. I always learn a lot about the law when I read his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish B | 8/4/2013

    " I enjoyed this! It has been awhile since I have read Grisham. I had a hard time putting it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 7/27/2013

    " This is one of my favorites from Grisham. I feel like the last several of his stories went downhill a bit and this definitely redeemed him in my eyes! GREAT book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 6/29/2013

    " Damn you John Grisham and your addictively readable books. Are they fine literature? No. But as always he writes a great plot and drags you in with wonderful characters. He is what he is - and he's awesome at it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 sally | 6/20/2013

    " Grisham phoned this one in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg Stoll | 6/6/2013

    " Read this while I was traveling and exhausted, and it kept me entertained. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Vivanco | 4/11/2013

    " good book. john grisham knows how to make colorful characters and the story may have started out slow (in my opinion) but it then became very interesting when it was clear what the focus of the story would be! a good read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryc | 8/30/2012

    " Not exactly what I am used to from Grisham, but I did like the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathaniel Spinney | 8/28/2012

    " Excellent, you really felt for the the protagonist. As a 1L, it was pretty neat to see in what ways the litigation actually followed what I am learning. Great story too. Professionalism won the day for sure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 8/10/2012

    " Now I remember why I love Grisham. I have read them all some of them twice and this one will deserve a second read next year. If you liked the Pelican Brief, Runaway Jury, Rainmaker. This one is completely different but very much the same. You will love it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 6/14/2012

    " Unlike other Grisham books I've read, this dragged much throughout the middle portion. Thankfully, like every other Grisham book, I've read, it had a satisfying ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 4/25/2012

    " This legal thriller gets bogged down and loses the thrill part way through. But it recovers nicely by the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trina | 2/23/2012

    " This book was wonderfully entertaining and humerous. It was a fast paced page turner and I was sad when I finished it because it was so good I didn't want it to end. Very refreshing to see that Grisham has a good sense of humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick Fruendt | 1/7/2012

    " Great descriptions and a pretty funny story. The characters are interesting "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marian Kret | 12/8/2011

    " Definitely an interrsting read. Shows you what a life of litigators look like, shows you the strategy and tactics they and their opponents take and it's also a bit of a guide of how it looks in the courtroom during the litigations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy Bigari | 11/20/2011

    " I haven't read a John Grisham for a long time. I forgot how much I enjoy his whit and ability to develop characters. I was expecting more of a suspense thriller like some of his other works, which this is not. It is a clever tale though that kept me interested the whole way through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kasa | 11/8/2011

    " Another fun outing from Grisham, this book showcases his trademark David vs. Goliath format with character almost cinematic in their description. His books make for fun reading, performing as sorbets between weightier materials. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brenda | 11/6/2011

    " Was disappointed not a legal thriller in any way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Coffeenut5 | 11/6/2011

    " Difficult to get into for me. Engrossing story as usual by Grisham. Totally rooted for the little guys! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Catherine | 11/6/2011

    " Not one of his better efforts... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Forgetfulone | 11/4/2011

    " I love a good courtroom drama! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/3/2011

    " Maybe not as deep and gritty as John Grisam's first books but a really enjoyable read with a great story and players you want to continue to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise | 11/3/2011

    " One of the best Grisham books in a long time. It is definitely a page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 11/3/2011

    " I am halfway through this book which is slightly interesting, but difficult to read after just finishing an astonishing book - Nightwoods by Charles Frazier! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim | 11/2/2011

    " Grisham is a master story teller, and he brings all his talent to this book. However, in order to be effective, you need a great story, and he does not have one here. The characters are all interesting an entertaining. But the unfolding of the case at issue is preposterous.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarahb. | 11/2/2011

    " Another Grisham great! This one was actually quite funny , as well being a good lawyer book. A very quick read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheldon | 11/2/2011

    " Nice to see him return to tort fiction. "

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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

Dennis Boutsikaris has won two Obie Awards, one for his performance in Sight Unseen, and played Mozart in Amadeus on Broadway. Among his films are W.Batteries Not Included, The Dream Team, and Boys on the Side. He is a recipient of both Audie and Earphones Awards and has read over 140 audiobooks.