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).
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.
Only John Grisham can produce such interesting novels. This one is interesting with the main culpert being a pharmaceutical company.
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.
litigation against one of the largest pharmaceutical companies