A John Grisham bestseller is as expected as the turning of leaves in autumn. The Mississippi attorney has sold more than 250 million copies of his books, and each new one is eagerly anticipated by avid fans of courtroom fiction. Grisham’s last novel, THE CONFESSION, was recently recognized by the American Bar Association and the University of Alabama Law School, who awarded him its first Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. One of Grisham’s endearing qualities as a writer is his unending ability to avoid formula novels. He writes riveting fiction that also speaks to important and contemporary legal issues. A collection of his writing could easily serve as a foundation for a law school course on great legal issues.
"THE LITIGATORS...telegraphs much of the plot but remains an enjoyable and entertaining novel that points out the foibles of the justice system from top to bottom."
THE LITIGATORS is Grisham’s latest novel, and once again he shows a willingness to take on an important legal issue. In addition, he spreads his wings outside of his beloved South or Washington, D.C., to situate the book in Chicago, a venue that many of his readers may find surprising.
The title refers to Oscar Finley and Wally Figg, an odd couple of the legal profession who are the sole members of the “boutique” Chicago law firm Finley & Figg. Actually, the term “boutique” is an exaggeration of epic proportion. But things change when the firm acquires substantial cachet with the hiring of David Zinc, a Harvard law graduate. The circumstances behind this arrival are in keeping with Finley & Figg’s style. Zinc joins after experiencing five years of burnout associate work at the giant Chicago law firm of Rogan Rothberg. Arriving there one morning, Zinc can no longer accept the grind of 80-hour work weeks. While riding the elevator to his office, he experiences a breakdown and detours to a tavern around the corner. Twelve hours later, after a plethora of cocktails, he finds him