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The Runaway Jury
The Runaway Jury
Author: John Grisham
They are at the center of a multimillion-dollar legal hurricane--12 men and women who have been investigated, watched, manipulated, and harassed by high-priced lawyers and consultants who will stop at nothing to secure a verdict. Now the jury must make a decision in the most explosive civil trial of the century, a precedent-setting lawsuit again...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780440221470
ISBN-10: 0440221471
Publication Date: 1/27/1997
Pages: 560
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 1019 ratings
Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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When a friend loaned me this book, I read the plot summary and wondered how a civil trial could possibly be as good as a typical Grisham plot of criminal behaviors. Well, I was hooked pretty quickly. Grisham's talent as a storyteller is evident, because I was able to keep up with all the different backgrounds and opinions of the jury members with no effort at all. I was worried that I'd not be able to keep track of the jury members, but Grisham made them each a unique being, and their manipulation at the hands of the jury-tamperers was fascinating to watch.

When I read this book back in 2003, I commented that I never thought it could be made into a movie, because how could someone bring all these characters to life as well as they were done on the page? It has been made into a movie now, so I suppose the next step is for me to watch that.
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Just like all of Grisham's books, great read, fast paced.
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A precedent-settling legal battle against big tobacco is in the hands of the jury, but one of the jurors is manipulating the verdict. Was a major motion picture.
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Great insight into jury workings; great Grisham.
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A very suspenseful tale of jury duty. You never know what's going on behind the curtains.
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Great book and a great movie!
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Its Grisham what else do you need to know. Great understanding of the court system. If you like his other work be sure to read this one as one of the better ones.
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I really enjoyed the book, hard to put down! I finished it in just a few days, and even though the subject matter has some distasteful elements (corruption, undermining the legal system, manipulation of innocent people) it was very well written and really interesting. The movie was great, which prompted me to read the book, and the book definitely provided a level of detail, background and sophistication that wasn't possible in a movie. I definitely recommend this, whether or not you see the movie.