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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Maybe more of 3.5, but I'll go with the 4 rating. During an (almost) election year as I watch the televised Republican debates, I am suddenly thinking, "Who are these people?" (thinking back to one of ... Read full review

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Maybe more of 3.5, but I'll go with the 4 rating. During an (almost) election year as I watch the televised Republican debates, I am suddenly thinking, "Who are these people?" (thinking back to one of ... Read full review

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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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