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The King of Torts
by John Grisham

Category: Fiction / Crime
490 pages; ISBN: 0-09-941617-4

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Stuart Chell


Slumped in his overally tidy office Clay Carter is confused. How on earth did he go from a successful lawyer partnered to his Father, to stuck, overworked and underpaid, in the Office of the Public defender. His relationship is stumbling down hill, his lifestyle doesn't justify the hard work he put in at Yale and he really needs to get out his job. Little does he know that the file sat infront of him is going to completely change his life.
It seems that this just yet another lawyer story; he gets lucky, success follows, and then he does something stupid and it all goes horribley wrong. It is the way that Grisham deals with it that makes it such an excellent piece of work. My personal favorite part is watching how money changes a person. We witness a quiet man, horrified by the massive tort sharks at first, slowly adapt and take the plunge to buy his first charter plane. Greed and excessive wealth are definately key themes in this book. However the mystery and crime within this story (which I've tried not to mention too much as I don't want to spoil the fun (and believe me this one you don't want spoiling)) has you also glued to the book, justifying the Daily Mails quote "Page-turningly compulsive".
This is a superb book and even though the plot is little simplistic, there really is something for everyone in this book.


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