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David vs. Goliath
le 2 novembre 2012
Highly entertaining thriller about the bizarre world of the practice of law in the US. This book is situated in Chicago, home to 20.000 lawyers. In the US, many lawyers specialize in small, but potentially lucrative niche fields. Grisham, whose pleasure in writing this book shines from every page, offers a tentative ranking of this caste measured by income and status. The high flyers, literally because they own jet aircraft, are lawyers who sue big corporations for harmful and deadly products. The lowest type of lawyers sue fellows for malpractice.
Grisham describes a fight between the absolute top of US legal practitioners and a rock bottom caste of barely surviving lawyers. David (31) has worked 100 hours per week for five years for a major firm employing 600 lawyers for USD 300.000 a year. He writes thick contracts in its international finance division in a windowless office on the 93rd floor. He hates his job and his colleagues. One morning he snaps, takes the elevator back to ground level and spends the day celebrating in a bar. Later that day he presents himself, inebriated, to the partners of Finley & Figg, who hire him on probation.
Partners Oscar (62) and Wally (46) have personal and professional problems. Their firm belongs to the category of `ambulance chasers'. It has to drum up business every day for low fees. Both partners daydream about a big kill, a case that will solve their problems. When David joins them, Wally is busy suing the third largest US pharmaceutical company about an anti-cholesterol drug that has allegedly killed people, and Wally is unstoppable... Can David's career switch have a happy end?
Bitter-sweet tale full of plot changes and a nice cast of characters. Reviewers in the US judged it Grisham's best in ten years. Recommended as a great work of entertainment.