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The King of Torts by John Grisham

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The King of Torts is another heart-pounding legal thriller from Grisham, but this time with a focus on tort law.

Underpaid and overworked Washington D.C. public defender Clay Carter has just been handed another murder case to defend Tequila Watson, a young black man who at random killed another young kid. The case is strange since the defendant has no motive or reason other than he simply felt the urge to kill. Even more ironic is the fact that one of Clay’s colleagues is in the midst of a very similar case.

Realizing Clay might be on to something, Max Pace a.k.a. “the firefighter,” approaches him on behalf of his client, a mega player in pharmaceuticals. Apparently, the company released a drug to rehab centers that helps addicts kill the cravings but has a liable side effect that makes you want to randomly kill.

Dangling millions in potential attorney fees, Pace talks Clay into quitting the OPD, opening his own firm, and representing the victim in a quiet settlement. Easily swayed by the quick buck and the rich life, Clay takes on another case with Pace, earning millions once again. This shady life will eventually catch up to him, however, when he finds himself on the other end of the law.

Even though I really didn’t like the protagonist and at some point hoped he would show at least a little bit of integrity, you couldn’t put this one down. The only disappointment was the ending, but at least you will have a fun time getting there.

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