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The King of Torts
The King of Torts
Author: John Grisham
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 m...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780440241539
ISBN-10: 0440241537
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 480
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 953 ratings
Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Paperback
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Clay is a Public Defender lawyer who gets approached by a guy who seems to have no identity to take up a Tort case and make instant millions. He does, and is given info for another case, and another. Along the way, he becomes completely self-absorbed, cocky, and obsessed with image. What utter crap. Why take a main character and make him so unlikeable? Predictably, he falls, and falls hard. And I couldn't care less. I'm really surprised, given that I adored so many of Grisham's other books (The Firm, The Client, The Rainmaker).
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Grisham can be hit or miss with me. This wasn't a difficult read, but it wasn't particularly fun either. I have a much better understanding for the US 'tort' system than I did before the book, and now agree that we need to do something to fix it, but I still have no idea what.
Back to the book. The biggest problem for me is that there were no likable characters. I never liked the protagonist. He's a young lawyer (like most of Grisham's protagonists), but he isn't particularly strong-willed or smart or super-ethical or any of the other things that make Grisham's protagonists likable. Instead he seems to be a stand-in for the prototypical dispised, money-grubbing lawyer.
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Only John Grisham can produce such interesting novels. This one is interesting with the main culpert being a pharmaceutical company.
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If you are a fan of John Grisham, then you will like this book. I enjoyed it, but I did not feel it was as good as some of his others, such as The Pelican Brief or The Client. This is a different book, and more of a morality tale. It is not a mystery, but the tale of the rise and fall of a tort lawyer.
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litigation against one of the largest pharmaceutical companies
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King of Torts is one of John Grisham's best books, at least in my opinion.

Well written, holds your attention the entire book through.
You don't want to put it down, as well as most of his books.

I highly recommend this book.
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I was disappointed in this book, but it still taught me something. It shows how mass tort lawyers are only concerned about massive fees for themselves and the heck with the clients they represent. Wow, such greed. Then the main character, Clay Carter, gets caught up in this by some shyster who practically gives Clay everything on a silver platter to be rich. Grisham wanted to prove a point, but he could have done that in a better way.
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This is a prototypical Grisham legal thriller,good lawyer turns bad and greedy. Clay Carter gains ridiculous wealth working in the class action market and becomes a household name in the legal buisness. A page turner and a satisfying one!