When you have read "Time to Kill", The Firm, Pelican Brief, The Client, Runaway Jury most of Grishams books after these have been mediocre. This is the latest so so book, the last 50 or 60 pages make the book otherwise it would have been a waste of time.
This was a bit of a change for Grisham, he tried to make it a bit comedic while still using his usual book formula. The result was that it was "neither here nor there". It was an OK read but it was certainly not his usual or best. I think he is better sticking to his regular formula!
I personally felt that this is one of John Grisham's books where he fell down on the job. It certainly isn't as good as his last couple of novels or as good as The Street Lawyer or his other earlier books. It seems impossible that these two bumbling lawyers could do what they did, and I didn't think that he succeeded with the humor that well.
I will always read the next John Grisham, because I've read every book he's ever written, but I hope the next one is better.
Best John Grisham in awhile. Not as suspenseful as the firm but just as drawn in to the characters which are flawed with good hearts. David Zinc has everything made in a law career in finance (he is on track to be partner in a prestigous firm in Chicago) but it is dull. After five years he bolts to bottom. Ambulance chasers. He learns and scarfices and is one good man. Excellant read.
I really enjoyed The Litigators by John Grisham. Probably because I dislike mundane courtroom drama and this deviated from Grisham's normal submission of long drawn out boring courtroom antics. This book was a slow train wreck you had to watch. A well thought out storyline and interesting twist in the land of lawsuits. The characters are believable and likable and there is humor tossed into the mix. After reading The Confession and Ford Country and now The Litigators; I am glad Grisham has taken a new turn down the road of writing.
One of Grisham's better novels. Much more light-hearted and personable than his usual heavy-handed social commentary style. The characters are well developed and I found myself cheering them on as they handled a most impossible case. A light and entertaining read.
I have to disagree with those who didn't like this book, as I enjoyed it. It didn't seem to have a dark tone to it as some of his others do. If I was to pick one of his books as the 'worst,' I'd pick "Gray Mountain."
Still, we're really not told how the protagonist in this novel came up with the evidence he used on the last day of the trail. All through the rest of the book, he seemed to be overwhelmed with work to find the stuff he did.
"The Litigators" is a fantastic Grisham book. I've had so much fun reading it. I get the feeling he had fun writing this one. We meet grouchy Oscar Finley and plucky, unethical Wally Figg, partners at Finley & Figg. These are some humorous, annoying, even likable guys scraping to make a living through any client and situation possible. They're propped up a the tough secretary. They're bottom feeders. Along comes David Zinc, who can no longer stomach the hundred-hour work weeks at a legal firm where 600 other lawyers are employed. He goes off the rails, decides to check out one fine morning, and ends up drunk hours later on the steps at the ignoble Finley & Figg. Despite his recent bender, he's actually a guy who loves his wife, albeit not always well, and still retains some ethical and legal standards, since he's not yet stepped foot into a court or heard the way things go down between a rascally attorney and a leering judge.
With Finley & Figg adding Zinc to their recipe, the mixture bubbles over. Figg stumbles into a potentially huge torts lawsuit against a pharmaceutical manufacturer (while scraping for clients at a funeral home, no less), and he starts signing up other clients (ones who are alive, thank goodness). In his enthusiasm, he drags along Zinc and senior partner Finley, eventually landing their tiny firm in court against a formidable armada of attorneys.
As I whipped through the pages, I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion--and for all the right reasons. Grisham gives us some great characters, three-dimensional, likable, understandable, despicable, and everything in between. This is the Grisham I remember, one who was passionate, even fiery, but who also loved people and never forgot they were the driving force in his stories.