January 8, 2012

The King of Torts by John Grisham

  • Mass Market Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Dell 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440241539 
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, drams 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 and 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. 

It has been awhile since I have read one of John Grisham's books. I loved his books and was happy when a friend loaned me this to read. As I started reading the book it was good but then it started to drag for me. I don't think this book moved or had me as engrossed as his previous books. I liked the story idea as well as Clay and Rebecca, but it was just not moving near as fast as I was hoping. There were some really fast moving parts in the book but it lagged more than it moved. The last 100 pages for me was the best part of the book, that reminded me of the Grisham I used to read. I give this book 3 stars.


  1. I think that his earlier books are his best -- The Firm and A Time to Kill. Every once in a while he hits a home run, but many of the later efforts are just so so.

  2. I am going to have to agree with you. The first book I read was A Time to Kill and I was hooked.