Picks and Pans Review: The King of Torts
By John Grisham
Don't be put off by the legalese in the title: Grisham's latest is another pedal-to-the-metal crowd-pleaser. The bestselling author uses his 15th book as a platform to tsk-tsk lawyers who bring class-action suits—ambulance chasers in Armani. This is a rags-to-riches-to-rags tale in which hero and villain are one and the same.
Clay Carter is a sad-sack public defender in Washington, D.C., whose girlfriend has grown weary of his thin wallet. Enter Max Pace, a shady corporate fixer who offers Clay $15 million to cover up the misdeeds of a nefarious pharmaceutical firm.
Clay takes the cash and sets up his own practice, which uses more of Max's dirty secrets to sue corporations. Clay gets rich and rewards himself with a private jet and a Russian model. But the greedier he gets, the worse he treats his clients, working-class folks who have suffered both physically and—thanks to Clay's huge fees—financially. It's not spoiling anything to say that Max is duplicitous and that Clay doesn't get to keep his shiny plane. Although Grisham can be preachy, he devises a complex finale and takes a clever poke at our litigious society. (Doubleday, $27.95)
BOTTOM LINE: Rousing morality play
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