The Appeal

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Random House Publishing Group, Mar 16, 2010 - Fiction - 496 pages
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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
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I always like Grisham's novels. That's why I'm catching up. This one was a bit more predictable, but it was entertaining. After reading some of the Goodreads user reviews: Geeze, people, does every story need a storybook ending? I'm on to next... Read full review

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The Appeal is a book every American should read. It essentially explains how wealthy companies can literally buy judges - as in, have one taken out and a new one installed - in order to make decisions ... 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
134
Section 11
144
Section 12
158
Section 13
170
Section 14
187
Section 15
196
Section 16
209
Section 17
223
Section 18
241
Section 19
253
Section 20
265
Section 29
369
Section 30
380
Section 31
396
Section 32
405
Section 33
416
Section 34
430
Section 35
439
Section 36
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Section 37
463
Section 38
471
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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