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The King of Torts: A Novel

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Written By: John Grisham

Narrated By: Michael Beck

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: February 2003

Duration: 11 hours 48 minutes


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...

From the Hardcover edition.


  • Andy

    I'm guessing it's because of the abridged version, but this story was dull, never got you involved, and was over before it could even get started. If the abridged is the only one available, just skip it.

  • betty

    I was not very fond of this Grisham book. It was rather boring and predictable.

  • Anonymous

    If you like Grisham you will definitely like this book. I really enjoyed the story and the characters. It is a good quick listen.

  • Barbara C

    Wow! John Grisham is such a wonderful writer. I really enjoyed this story... I also learn about class action lawsuits.

  • Anonymous

    Really, really boring ending... actually most of his books are like that. I am not going to waste me time reading or listening to anymore Grishambooks.

  • Sharden

    Typical Grisham - you love and hate the main character. Very good listen. The reader is adequate - there were times when all the characters sounded the same. Did not like the ending. This is the second Grisham novel I've listened to recently where the ending did not suit the crimes committed - as far as I'm concerned. I'm sure others will disagree - so is life.

  • Colby Bodzick

    The ending was abrupt, almost like Grisham knew this book was a stinker. It would be a good thing if we cared at all about the characters, but these characters - especially the main one - is not at all worthy. If I wanted an education every time I read a book, I would read only non-fiction. Grisham seems more inclined to preach than write a good story. Maybe he should stick to non-fiction like "The Innocent Man".

  • Anonymous

    Suspenseful, great book for the long commutes. Held my interest - fast moving plot line.

  • Pamela Christensen

    Wow! John Grisham is such a great writer and not only did I really enjoy this story, I learned alot about class action lawsuits! It was really interesting to see how these tort lawyers operate with an almost complete lack of conscience!

  • Anonymous

    OK as a "no brainer", but I look to Grisham for a bit more intrigue. Definitely not one of his best.

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