The Appeal

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Doubleday, 2008 - Fiction - 358 pages
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Politics has always been a dirty game.
Now justice is, too.

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.TheirSupreme Court justice.

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

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

Grisham tends to write rather formulaic novels, but this one is not like the others. However, I refuse to tell you why as it would spoil the ending. The plot revolves around how big corporations ... Read full review

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User Review  - skraft001 - LibraryThing

A well written book that keep you changing sides for who you want to see come out on top. It's the mark of a good writer who can engage you into both sides. (Spoiler alert) Not the feel-good fairy ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

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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