Book Review Friday: The King of Torts

“This money will improve your life if you keep it quiet. If you talk about it, then it will destroy you.”

My first Grisham experience is complete. Is it bad that I’m really disappointed? This always happens when an author or book has been hyped up as perfection. Is it meant to appeal to those that do not read often? I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either. I can find this story line in a thousand books, making it very predictable. I wanted it all with Grisham: intrigue, mystery, excitement, something to make me root for reading all his books. I don’t think this is the author’s fault, but a sad consequence of the media. The hype can destroy the basis of a book before the reader is ever allowed to form their own opinion.

Clay Carter works for the Public Defender’s Office in DC. He is unhappy with his situation, and finds himself appointed to yet another murder case. He begins investigating the crime and finds a conspiracy involving a large pharmaceutical company. He is offered millions to keep the company safe and open his own practice. He quickly becomes the “king of torts,” only to spend through his millions and wind up back where he started.

I love books involving court cases and law, but this just fell flat. The potential was lost on the idea for a drug that would combat criminal behavior. The focus is on Clay and his attempt to secure settlements and make lots of money. I would have enjoyed more information about the original case and some actual courtroom time. The relationship between Clay and his girlfriend/ex-girlfriend/girlfriend again complicates the story even further and is downright annoying. There is just nothing that stands out about this book that makes me want to read more of his writing.

Do you have a Grisham that you love? Should I try another one? I’d love to hear your opinion!


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