The King of Torts (Hardcover)
|America's #1 bestselling author delivers this tale of a young public defender who finds himself in the middle of a complex case against one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies. The case could result in an enormous settlement--and make him the legal profession's newest king of torts.|
From the Publisher:
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, 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...
Grisham again goes after greedy tort lawyers who accumulate enormous fees in class-action settlements against corporations, with hardly anything left for the corporations' actual victims. In this novel, lawyer Clay Carter is offered a role in the case of a teenager who has shot and killed a fellow student after taking a drug that has been suspected of causing similar psychotic episodes. Offered a small fortune by the pharmaceutical company in question, Clay succumbs to greed and rises to his dubious position as "king of torts"--losing his moral fiber and the woman he loves in the process.
"The arc of Clay's swift rise and fall is predictable yet suspenseful. Grisham's male characters are thin, the females thinner, but the novel's very trimness is its distinctive virtue." - Tim Appelo 03/09/2003