Category Archives: Legal Drama

The King of Torts by John Grisham

Reviewed by Allen Hott

The King of TortsI am not sure how I missed this one by Grisham as it is not a new release but it, like most of Grisham’s, is a great read. Perhaps because he writes about the legal field and he has had much experience in that field. He came out of law school, worked in criminal law, and even served in the House of Representatives. His background really has helped his writing expertise.

The King of Torts follows Clay Carter as he while working in D.C.’s OPD gets stuck with a murder case that he tried desperately to avoid. No one in his Department wanted murder cases as they are far too time consuming with little or no reward for the work.

It seems that a young black male named Tequila Watson had shot a young man for no apparent reason. He wasn’t on drugs and they weren’t fighting. Watson just walked up and shot him 4 or 5 times. Then when he was confined to a cell he beat his cellmate profusely and again for no apparent reason.

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham

Reviewed by Allen Hott

The Rooster BarWriting about young law students or those just recently admitted to the bar has always been a good stomping ground for Grisham. And The Rooster Bar really fills the bill!

A group of law students attending Foggy Bottom Law School basically get together on several evening meetings and begin discussing the Foggy Bottom Law School. One of them especially has been looking into some strange things about the school as far as placement of graduates and also failure rates etc. He is determined that something is not right so he tells his two buddies and his girlfriend that he is putting together a study to either prove or disprove his theory.

Basically he finds in his studies that the bulk of the lower rated law schools, such as Foggy Bottom, not only produce fewer top graduates. But also strangely enough many of these lower rated schools appear to be owned by a group of industrialists who would not appear to have any interest particularly in further education and definitely not in law degrees. No one takes his findings too seriously but he continues with his theories.

The Extraditionalist (A Benn Bluestone Thriller) by Todd Merer

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

The ExtraditionalistMeet Benn Bluestone, lawyer to the criminal and infamous. His particular field of expertise is extradition, as in when the Government wants to extradite someone back to the U.S. Bluestone has become quite wealthy catering to wealthy criminals, most of whom come from south of the border. When he is approached by 3 potential clients simultaneously, all promising large fees, Bluestone believes that he may finally be able to retire. It is only when the cases began to intertwine that he realizes he may have gotten in over his head. He knows a lot of secrets, some of which his clients will do anything to protect.

Law and Disorder by Mike Papantonio (Review #2)

Reviewed by Teri Davis

Law and DisorderNicholas “Deke” Deketomis is a passionate attorney. He believes in those he represents and will fight for his clients. He is persistent and will not give up always keeping the clients first. Deke is the type of attorney everyone dreams of on their side.

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Deke specializes in torts. He is currently representing Annika Phillips.
Her life seemed perfect being an honor student and an athlete but all that changed after she used the drug, Ranidol. Now, paralysis is part of her life. Annika suffered a drug-induced stroke.

Deke is representing Annika against the pharmaceutical company which makes this birth-control drug. Unfortunately, she suffered one of side effects permanently changing her life forever.

Deke is not fearful of being the David going up against the Goliath pharmaceutical company. He thrives on knocking down establishments who believe rules and laws are for other people, not them.

Law and Disorder by Mike Papantonio

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

Law and DisorderAttorney Nicholas “Deke” Deketomis is a hard hitting lawyer in Spanish Trace, FL and a monumental thorn in the side of corporations who put profits before people. He has a reputation for going after companies with everything he has and obtaining large settlements for his clients. Deke’s life becomes very complicated, however, after he is framed for murder while litigating two major tort cases against Bekmeyer Pharmaceauticals and S.I. Oil. Substantial money is at stake and conservative forces backing both companies seem to be conspiring against Deke to shatter his credibility and destroy his reputation. The question is, will he be able to beat the odds once again or is this the end of his stellar career?

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The Whistler by John Grisham

Reviewed by Allen Hott

The WhistlerI would say this is Grisham’s best but I believe I say that after each of his books that I read. But truthfully this is a tremendous read. He always does a great job writing about the courts and trials but this one like some others goes into a lot of detail about the happenings outside the courthouse.

Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Sebastian Rudd who in fact is the Rogue Lawyer is a different sort of Rogue Lawyerand a completely different lawyer. He pretty much works as a public defender taking the cases that no other lawyer usually wants. He defends those that he believes are innocent or at least they have had their cases distorted by police and courts that are just looking for someone to take the blame in cases they have a hard time solving.

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The first case involves a young man who fits the bill of a down and out no- account who likely could have done the deed he is accused of. However Rudd, unlike the rest of the little town, really believes that the man is not guilty. To prove it he needs to get the blood of the man he truly believes did the crime. By using a cage-fighter that he backs in fights and bets on, Rudd is able to get the blood sample matched as he needs and also luckily one member of the jury attempts to talk with him when he is at one of the weekly cage fights that he attends. These two events comprise the necessary steps that Rudd needs for a not guilty verdict.

Bum Rap by Paul Levine

Bum Rap

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

Jake Lassiter is back and this time he’s trying to help the lover and law partner of Victoria Lord, Steve Solomon. Solomon gets himself charged with murder while trying to do a good deed and the one person who can clear him is also wanted by the Feds and on the run for her life. Jake and Victoria must team up to bring this witness out of hiding and keep her alive long enough to testify.

Bully by Emme Dun

Bully

Reviewed by Timea Barabas

Bully is the debut novel of Emme Dun with which she made quite an entrance. This gay/lesbian, legal thriller based on true events will reveal to you the more dismal tones of the American justice system.

Although this book is about the legal system, the LGBT community and its struggles… although this book is about many things, the central theme is the sacred bond between a child and mother. Emme Dun presents two mirrored stories of custody lawsuits born out of revenge. Wendy White and Jennifer Dolan’s children are at risk of being taken away from them by spiteful ex-partners. This is the only string that ties together these completely different people living in their separate worlds. Wendy White is a lesbian veterinarian who gave up on the idea of ever finding true love again and settled (out of comfort) for only a breeze of romance. She gave birth with the help of artificial insemination to her Abigail, whom she swore to protect as soon as she held the baby in her arms. But soon she will discover that this promise will be harder to keep than she could have ever imagined. On the other hand, Jennifer serves to present the same issue set in a heterosexual relationship. However both families can be characterized as unconventional. Also, in both cases a battle is issued among the biological and “heart” parent. If you are curious about what exactly is a “heart parent”, Patricia Brown, one of the characters, can shed some light: it is “the other parent—not the biological parent, but the one who has been there all along nurturing and supporting the child”.

Gray Mountain by John Grisham

Gray Mountain

Reviewed by Allen Hott

One of the most interesting books that I have read in some time. Many of us are familiar with Grisham’s writings which mostly focus on attorneys and courtroom drama. Gray Mountain is pretty much along those lines but with twists and turns that make it even more appealing than usual.

Samantha Korver works as an attorney of a huge law firm in New York City. She is far from the top and is working hard to get there. Billing up to 70 hours per week to clients she does in fact put in more hours than that usually. However she has settled in and loves being in the big city.