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3.43128205128205 out of 53.43128205128205 out of 53.43128205128205 out of 53.43128205128205 out of 53.43128205128205 out of 5 3.43 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Grisham Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9780307943187
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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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Twigsy | 4/3/2017

    " I loved this book SO much that I read and listened to it, years apart. Grisham's torrid tale of some unscruplous lawyers was a joy to relive through listening to it. He even manages to make the reader feel SORRY for these guys. A big score looms for the little law firm, but can they hold out long enough to make it? There are plenty of times that the corporate lawyer turned storefront lawyer in this book questions his choice, but in the end, he knows where he belongs. Less suspense for the reader in this one, but it's interesting to listen to the characters find their way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 2/11/2014

    " Better than his worst, Playing for Pizza, not as good as his best, The Firm. I liked the protagonist, David Zinc, and would like to read about him again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Symmons | 2/9/2014

    " I just finished this novel and found it not up to the standard that I have come to expect from Mr. Grisham. The characters are stereotypes and the plot is overlong and fulled with details that do little to enhance or build depth or mystery to the story. While we are pleased by the interesting and "happy" ending that is telegraphed so far in advance to remove much of the surprise and mystery. I would have enjoyed some characters that were not so easy to read. The good guys were too good and the bad guys, too bad! there were no characters that were what I would call middle of the road. I found the story confusing and not the kind of interesting read I had hoped to find. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy Herrmann | 2/3/2014

    " This was fun to read. The plot covered a small law firm that gets in over their head when they believe they have found a class action lawsuit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 1/27/2014

    " This book is a manual of what a law firm should never do, then introduces a very smart lawyer with ethics for a fun juxtaposition. And as horrible as the lawyers are, you really do start to hold your breath and hope the firm is victorious in its mass tort lawsuit. This book is no where near the quality of grisham's early novels, but still a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 1/25/2014

    " Clean book. Always like John Grisham books . Good ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish B | 1/23/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan Jeter | 1/22/2014

    " not my favorite Grisham novel, but it's good with a nice twist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kathleen | 1/20/2014

    " I love legal thrillers but JG has lost his appeal for me. Novel started off funny and quick and then bogged down into boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Joseph | 1/18/2014

    " A very sensible and funny lawyer story from good old John Grisham...There are not court room drama or heart raising suspense, but I liked this book very much :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elisabeth | 1/17/2014

    " This book, although very similar to other Grisham books, did not capture me and could only get through about half way through. It was too slow and dragged too much for me to enjoy it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin G | 1/6/2014

    " I typically listen to John Grisham's books. Not sure I would enjoy reading them as much as listening to them. This story wasn't completely predictable but wasn't terribly suspenseful either. It did the job of entertaining me...mostly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 1/5/2014

    " True to Grisham style. Easy read, always a happy ending... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Easter | 12/12/2013

    " I loved it because I detest most attorneys and the protagonist I thought represented the few attorneys that are in it to help and defend the defenseless "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cmrhudy | 12/5/2013

    " I enjoyed this more than any Grisham book I have read in years! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 11/24/2013

    " A slightly more tongue in cheek Grisham than usual. The story follows a young lawyer who stumbles into a job with two washed up old lawyers. It follows their less than scrupulous ways to try and make money. Not the usual intense fast pace legal battle we are used to but still a good story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 8/6/2013

    " Never truly read this, skimmed it , hoping it would get better "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J | 6/22/2013

    " Fairly predictable outcome, but an enjoyable read nonetheless "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kurt | 4/26/2013

    " Not a page turner like some of his books, but still a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angelica | 4/20/2013

    " It's been a while since I last read a John Grisham book, and this one was nothing like the ones which kept me enthralled years ago. Instead, this book was absolutely absurd. Absurd and predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 11/26/2012

    " After reading a few reviews I almost did not bother with this book. I'm very glad I did. I loved it. It may not be quite as hard hitting as The Chamber or A Time To Kill but it was entertaining and fun. I would definately recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 9/30/2012

    " I thought the book started out slow. The last 1/4 of the book was great. I did really like the charachters, thought they were described well without too much detail. Loved the ending! I won't give it away but, loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charles | 7/31/2012

    " Poor. I didn't like it. Grisham can't write comedy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley Nowlin | 5/2/2012

    " I really enjoyed this novel. With John Grisham you can't go wrong. I noticed this time around he showed his humorous side. I LOL often with this novel. Actually found myself cheering for David Zinc. Rochelle the receptionist was simply hilarous. This was truly a "GOOD READ." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 4/1/2012

    " August 2012 - Not Grisham's best, but he never really disappoints. I'd rather pick up one of his olders books for a re-read though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth Noyes | 3/14/2012

    " Story set in Chicago - about a corporate lawyer who cracks under pressure after 5 years and joins a low brow firm that gets in the mix of a large class action suit. Great characters and story line - most of all the end made me smile! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 3/7/2012

    " This was a rather humorous story of attorneys on the ragged edge of disaster. It was a fun read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 12/10/2011

    " After watching the documentary "hot coffee" this book caught my attention since it deals with tort lawyers. I enjoy Grisham and this book was no exception. It wasn't his best but still a well told story with bases in reality. "

  • 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.