David Zinc has it all: Big firm, big salary, life in the lawyer's fast lane, until the day he snaps and throws it all away.
Leaving the world of corporate law far behind, he talks himself into a new job with Finley & Figg, ambulance-chasing street lawyers who hustle nickel-and-dime cases, dreaming of landing the big win.
For all his Harvard Law Degree and five years with Chicago's top firm, Zinc has never entered a courtroom, never helped a client who really needed a lawyer, never handled a gun. All that is about to change.
Reviewed on 11th April 2013
John Grisham's best book for years. The Litigators follows young lawyer David Zinc, who leaves his high-paid lawyerly career to become a street lawyer and dabble in mass tort.
Okay, so the plot could be a number of his previous works bolted together, but this time it works. The set of characters Grisham has created are believable, and more importantly all relatable. The plot is honest and straight-forward and works perfectly. Even the classic Grisham rubbish ending is missing, making the novel almost perfect.
In fact I'm finding it hard to find something to be critical of. The plot meanders a little, but this could easily be described as twists to make it more engaging. It includes odd little comic moments and some stylistic quirks which sometimes feel brilliant but sometimes out of place, but it is generally a good book, which did catch me by surprise.
An excellent read that I rushed through in little over a day. Grisham at his best again at last, and hopefully this will continue.