Reviewing The King of Torts by John Grisham


The old adage, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is,” would have been the perfect lesson for the main character to repeat in his head through this book. What is it about a slick man promising a lot of money that people just jump at the chance of? Oh right, the promise of a lot of money.

The ending is predictable, which is likely why it’s left for the very end. The majority of this book is about Clay Carter’s rise to the King of Torts than it is about the inevitable fall he suffers once at the top. Which, of course, leaves a lot to be desired in the end for resolution.

This novel is less about the cases and the torts than it is about Carter’s life throughout the rise and fall. Carter’s relationships, his friends, how he spends his newfound money. However, despite it being about Carter, Carter as a character has no real depth. He admits to losing sleep or feeling bad, but none of it has any consequence besides him saying so. If Grisham really wanted a cost of being a millionaire story then this should have been given a little more in depth.

Reasons to Read:

– It’s John Grisham, his writing is still incredible

– Interesting look at lawyers who sue major drug companies only looking to settle

Reasons Not to Read:

– Flat characters

– Predictable


Posted on May 24, 2012, in Book Reviews, May 2012 and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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