The Litigators

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 November, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 November, 2011, 12:00am


The Litigators
by John Grisham (read by Dennis Boutsikaris)
Hodder & Stoughton (audiobook)

The Litigators starts with an exit: David Zinc quits his lucrative job at smart Chicago law firm, Rogan Rothberg. At 31, he has lots of money but no time to spend it. More poignantly, Zinc has forgotten why he studied law in the first place. So after an anxiety attack, he gets drunk and finds himself working for Finley & Fogg, a ramshackle two-man operation that specialises in divorce and ambulance chasing. Zinc finds consolation in the formulaic work, and is rewarded when F & F is hired to prosecute a class action against a major drugs company. It is being sued for selling Krayoxx, supposedly a cure for high cholesterol whose only side effects are heart attacks and strokes (allegedly). The lawyers defending the makers of Krayoxx are Zinc's old firm. Grisham rips through the David vs Goliath act with aplomb, and more than one well-turned twist. Grisham regular Dennis Boutsikaris reads with a pleasantly reedy twang. He is especially good at narrating Oscar Finley and Wally Fogg, a pair of rough but decent operators who bring some welcome humour to the proceedings.