The Appeal (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Mar 16, 2010 - Fiction - 496 pages
1871 Reviews
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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. 

The chemical company is owned by a Wall Street predator named Carl Trudeau, and Mr. Trudeau is convinced the Court is not friendly enough to his interests. 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.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grisham's The Litigators.
  

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The plot is irresistible, the writing is impeccable. - Goodreads
Worst ending ever... - Goodreads
Politically thought-provoking but not a page turner. - Goodreads
Slow, slow pace there. - Goodreads
Interesting premise. - Goodreads
DISAPPOINTING ENDING!! - Goodreads

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User Review  - Rasyid Irham - Goodreads

I think this is the first John Grisham's novel which left me with a bitter taste in the mouth. Unlike some other John Grisham's novels I read, the ending is really unsettling. I mean, I get what ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joanna - Goodreads

A good legal and political novel. Covers a case like that in Erin Brokovich. Definitely leans left on its issues. Pretty damning look at the problems inherent in campaign finance. I was consistently entertained, but not blown away. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
26
Section 3
45
Section 4
62
Section 5
72
Section 6
89
Section 7
99
Section 8
109
Section 21
281
Section 22
292
Section 23
302
Section 24
313
Section 25
326
Section 26
335
Section 27
343
Section 28
356

Section 9
119
Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
196
Section 16
209
Section 17
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Section 18
241
Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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About the author (2010)

JOHN GRISHAM has written nineteen previous novels and one work of nonfiction, The Innocent Man, published in 2006. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.


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