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Publisher's Summary

The office of the public defender is not known as a training ground for bright young litigators. Clay Carter has been there too long and, like most of his colleagues, dreams of a better job in a real firm. When he reluctantly takes the case of a young man charged with a random street killing, he assumes it is just another of the many senseless murders that hit D.C. every week.

As he digs into the background of his client, Clay stumbles on a conspiracy too horrible to believe. He suddenly finds himself in the middle of a complex case against one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, looking at the kind of enormous settlement that would totally change his life—that would make him, almost overnight, the legal profession’s newest king of torts…

©2003 Belfry Holdings, Inc. (P)2003 Random House, LLC

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"Grisham reigns supreme... another tremendous tour de force" - Sunday Express

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A long but believable story, enough to hold ones interested along the way.

The reader was good, soothing in fact, considering the story wasn't that dynamic.
What is interesting is these pharmaceutical company cases are very similar to real life settlements that actually have occurred and been reported in reputable newspapers. Meaning this story probably is linked to actual cases with only name, illness and symptom differences.
I do like it when a story doesn't have to make things unbelievable to fit the plot.



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This Book Kept On Giving

I enjoyed how this book kept giving me little presents as I read. Little surprises and cliffhanger moments that I relished. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend to everyone

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  • 14-09-2020

Engrossing human drama

Grisham at his best leads us through the rise and fall of Clay Carter, an honest but gullible, struggling young lawyer. The characters are wonderfully drawn and the reading is superb.

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  • 24-09-2015

Predicable.

the narrator Michael Beck is brilliant but the story was mediocre in comparison to the writers usual captivating and gasp out loud, works of art.

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  • Wayne L. Goodman
  • 25-11-2019

Brilliant as always

Love this story
The twists and turns are great and told with perfection

This is in my top 3 books ever

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  • Trekkie Monster
  • 18-07-2019

My favourite Grisham book just got better

King of Torts has always been my favourite JG book. Partly due to the fact is not one of the most popular books and wasn't run through the movie mill, partly due to the structure of the tale as it has a clearly defined "beginning, middle and end" and partly because it shows not all his books have the typical Hollywood-esque happy ever after endings. There's a definite current running through the book about the morality of both tort campaigns and greed. The audiobook is brilliantly read by Michael Beck who is by far the best of the JG readers in my opinion.

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  • urbansumo
  • 25-02-2016

great story for long drives

This thrilling high stakes story really kept me entertained on the long car journeys to London ;)

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  • Mandy Tout
  • 23-02-2015

Disappointing

An interesting explanation of how class actions can go wrong, but a bit tedious and the characters were flat. Have read far better Grishams.

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  • ¡viviendo la vida!
  • 01-10-2021

very engaging book

didn't think i'd enjoy this one, but found it a great listen.... would love a follow up

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  • HAPPYBICHON
  • 12-09-2021

king of torts

john Grisham conquers once more had you wanting more great lesson for everyone who wishes to be greedy. Though sad at the end it took that journey for both parties to learn that money is NOT the most important thing in life. once again thank you Mr Grisham- and a big thank you to Audible.

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  • Nina Couser
  • 23-06-2020

superb!

My third listen through - still a top listen! A tale of greed as well as an education, without sentimentality. Highly recommend. Also recommend Street Lawyer by the same author

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-2020

Good, except for the ending

Usual Grisham, so a good book overall. Narration was okay too, but for the narrator not knowing what a Georgian accent sounds like. I do however have a problem with the ending. It sounded to me like the most tacked on, it'll-do ending I've ever heard. It was like a sum up and conclusion to the story in 1 short paragraph, accompanied by some weird music that hadn't been in the rest of the book. Even the narration sounded odd. Apart from that, it was okay

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-11-2018

great bbook

a fantastic gripping listen that shows the true price of the greed for money how it corrupts and changes people

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