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The Appeal: A Novel

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Written By: John Grisham

Narrated By: Michael Beck

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: January 2008

Duration: 6 hours 26 minutes

Summary:

In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town's water supply, causing the worst "cancer cluster" in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it.
Who are the nine? How will they vote? Can one be replaced before the case is ultimately decided?

The chemical company is owned by a Wall Street predator named Carl Trudeau, and Mr. Trudeau is convinced the Court is not friendly enough. With judicial elections looming, he decides to try to purchase himself a seat on the Court. The cost is a few million dollars, a drop in the bucket for a billionaire like Mr. Trudeau. Through an intricate web of conspiracy and deceit, his political operatives recruit a young, unsuspecting candidate. They finance him, manipulate him, market him, and mold him into a potential Supreme Court justice. Their Supreme Court justice.

The Appeal is a powerful, timely, and shocking story of political and legal intrigue, a story that will leave listeners unable to think about our electoral process or judicial system in quite the same way ever again.

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  • Donn Edwards

    "... a story that will leave listeners unable to think about our electoral process or judicial system in quite the same way ever again." Absolutely right. If you want a feel-good ending then try the Pelican Brief or one of the other Grisham novels. This one is brilliantly narrated, and well written; but that's part of the problem: you can't believe what you are hearing because it is so plausible and frightening. Get the unabridged version for the full impact and detail. Unfortunately the download file has some details missing, like the name of the author, so each CD gets a random author number, instead of the author's name. Sloppy. Fortunately it doesn't interfere with the genius of this novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Arnold Orgolini

    Great audio fun, interesting and never a dull moment.