Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Litigators

Most of us have days when we simply do not want to go to work. We usually manage to eventually pull ourselves together and go, albeit we might be a little late. Now imagine that your heart is pounding, your stomach is churning, the world is spinning around you, and you think you will die if you walk through the door of your office. Could you do it?

This is the situation confronting attorney David Zinc in John Grisham's book, The Litigators. David just snaps one day and cannot make himself go to work at the prestigious law firm  he has worked at for five years. His head spinning, heart pounding condition goes away when he rushes back into the elevator and just leaves the building. He spends the work day drinking Bloody Marys and beer at a rundown bar until the bartender calls a cab to send him home. While riding in the cab, he sees
 a billboard for the "boutique" law firm of Finley and Figg. David gives the cabbie the address of the ambulance chasing, quickie divorce, and DUI fixing establishment instead of his home address. The cab driver drops him off on the law firm's doorstep. In this way, he begins his new career at Finley and Figg. The law firm is engulfed in a large but truly frivolous lawsuit. While trying to save what is left of the Finley and Figg's money and his own reputation, David stumbles upon a legitimate case that threatens the lives of young children. The Litigators is filled with Grisham's usual style of courtroom drama and suspense, but also includes the humorous and sometime preposterous side of the law.

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