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, dreams 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, 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…
©2003 Belfry Holdings, Inc. (P)2003 Random House, LLC
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"Grisham reigns supreme... another tremendous tour de force" - Sunday Express
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3 out of 5 stars
By Marj on 24-09-15


the narrator Michael Beck is brilliant but the story was mediocre in comparison to the writers usual captivating and gasp out loud, works of art.

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1 out of 5 stars
By SusanMcC on 24-10-17

I'll think twice about reading Grisham again.

This should be called the rise and fall of Clay Carter. It isn't really anything other than a series of events in the life of a greedy lawyer.
I had hoped that Grisham would expose the way pharmaceutical companies rush through research in the race to make a profit by putting lives at risk. No, that was just a throw away part of the journey.
The character wasn't developed enough to carry emotional weight to the journey. I didn't feel for him.
Grisham has written some brilliant novels but this was just a lazy journey from rags to riches and nearly back again. It reminded me of why I'd stopped reading Grisham.

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