Book Reviews of The Runaway Jury

The Runaway Jury
The Runaway Jury
Author: John Grisham
ISBN-13: 9780385472944
ISBN-10: 0385472943
Publication Date: 5/1/1996
Pages: 416
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 302 ratings
Publisher: Doubleday
Book Type: Hardcover
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Excellent John Grisham tale... can't put the book down until you are finished!!!
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Exciting tale with lots of twists and turns ...
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JG is great. You'll love this one.
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Very good book, Grisham is on top of his game once again!
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The movie does this book no justice! It's a thriller.
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Suspense and humor. Fun intriguing read!
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Can a jury be manipulated or controlled? Read this story of a landmark tobacco trial with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake set in Biloxi, Mississippi.
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Great book.
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Another winner by Grisham!
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I wish I could say it was well worth the wait, but I can't.

I read THE RUNAWAY JURY for a TBR (to-be-read) potluck activity in my online book club, The Reading Cove. It had been in my TBR pile for many years, so I was glad to finally be picking it up to read with a book buddy!

The Verdict?

I found this 370-page legal procedural to be mind-numbingly tedious. The sloooow pacing of this story, about a couple who insinuates themselves into the jury of a major lawsuit against the tobacco companies, sucked every bit of tension from the plot!

Oh, and it was dreadfully predictable. The big finale "shocker" in the final pages was so transparent, Stevie Wonder saw it coming years ago.

I'm glad to finally have this off my TBR pile, but I cannot recommend it unless you enjoy VERY slow-moving and predictable courtroom dramas. C-.
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Grisham's Runaway Jury takes law on a wild chase --
The John Grisham novel, The Runaway Jury, follows the twists of a case as the jury's behavior becomes increasingly bizarre. Or is it being manipulated?
The case is a tobacco trial, with millions of dollars under consideration. The plaintiff is the victim's widow. The venue is Biloxi, Mississippi which is believed to have favorable tort laws. (I just read about how some states are magnets for certain kinds of big-settlement cases, depending on that state's laws. Some are great for victims of faulty products, due to stronger consumer laws.)
The jury is convinced it is being watched, and not just by the press. A high-powered consultant to Big Tobacco is watching the jurors and plotting ways to either buy the verdict or get jurors bounced off the case. One juror is blackmailed, one juror's spouse is blackmailed. Another is bribed with a cool $10 million.
But is money and dirty play enough to insure the verdict that the tobacco company wants? Surprises come along the way and you will have to read it to find out what those are.
The movie based on the book changed the subject of the lawsuit from tobacco to firearms.
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Then you will love this book!
Story line is about a Taobaco Company in Biloxi Mississippi
Why woud someone be manipulating the jury?
It keeps you suspended.
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Stamped "Discard" inside but is a good hardback reading copy.