The Runaway Jury

The Runaway JuryI m glad I didn t pay for this book Our apartment building has a bookcase in front of the elevator, and someone in the building must be a Grisham fan, because I ve picked up several of his books from the communal bookcase This is the worst of the Grishams that I ve read.What annoyed me the most was the sheer implausibility of the whole story The civil tobacco trial itself was plausible enough, but the jury foreman protagonist and his accomplice on the outside have a plan to influence the trial via the jury verdict that is so ridiculously far fetched that it s impossible for anyone with common sense to buy into the idea that this could succeed Without giving anything away, they ve been hopping from tobacco trial to tobacco trial in other states where big tobacco trials have been scheduled previously , changing names, registering to vote in each new state, and miraculously getting called for jury duty right when the big tobacco case was happening, and miraculously getting called to be in the jury pool for that particular trial as opposed to the myriad other civil and criminal trials happening on the same day that also need jurors , only to fall just short of getting seated on a jury until this case, when they finally manage to get the protagonist on the jury and put their master scheme into action The whole plot just unacceptably begs belief, and I lost patience with it rather quickly.After about the 1 3 point, I was just reading to see how it ended, not because I cared about any of the characters or the outcome of the trial, but just to get answers to the protagonists true intentions and motivations, which you don t learn until the very end I think this is why it was such a frustrating book for me I would prefer to have someone to root for in a book, and when you are not privy to the motivations or goals of the main character when, in essence, you have no idea whether he s a decent guy or a selfish jerk you can t feel invested in that character or the story. 3.75 stars Not my favourite John Grisham novel, but it was face paced and a overall good time Nicholas Easter, juror number 2 and a mysterious woman known as Marlee conspire to manipulate the jury to secure a verdict in a landmark trial involving a widow plaintiff whose husband died of lung cancer because of cigarette addiction and a big tobacco company They have to play with both sides the plaintiff and the defense and go up against a cunning jury consultant Rankin Fitch who is an expert in jury manipulations Fitch works for the defense.The Runaway Jury is an intensely suspenseful legal thriller I could feel my heart pounding as I read the last pages of the book I was hooked by Grisham s narration as a child mesmerized by bedtime storytelling The book tackles a lot of important points about cigarette smoking which make the story interesting Perhaps Grisham s novels are like cigarettes with nicotine substances which make them so addictive. Thank God this is a work of fiction.If the book had even the tiniest modicum of truth it would render trials by jury obsolete.As a work of fiction, it is a very enjoyable read I enjoyed all the manipulative skulduggery of both the tobacco industries team and to two wunderkinds who are trying to sabotage the tobacco industries attempts to avoid paying a gross amount of compensation to a widow who lost her husband to lung cancer The lengths that the tobacco magnates are prepared to go to in an effort to corrupt the jury would make the CIA look like a bunch of amateurs But not to be outdone, the two wunderkinds, one in the jury and the other one on the outside, are just as good at the art of skulduggery Ridiculous, but really enjoyable.Recommended for readers who like a page turner and don t mind reality being stretched really thin. Saw the movie before reading the book and glad it closely followed the story written by Grisham They did one minor change, or a major one depending on one s perspective In the book the lawsuit was aimed at the tobacco industry The movie targets the gun industry, both powerful industries.When a family decides to take on the tobacco industry and hold them accountable for the death of a family member who got hooked on their product, the tobacco industry pulls no punches, employing a legal expert who directs the law team handling the defense from behind the scenes With millions of dollars in the bank for him to use at his discretion, Rankin Fitch employs the latest hi tech needed to track potential jurors and get into how they think This allows him to choose jurors who will likely vote the way he wants them too..But then the unexpected happens Someone who is not who he appears to be worms his way onto the jury and turns out to be a wild card As things develop it turns out this someone has an agenda who wants to bring the tobacco industry down, and his powers of persuasion are quite strong With the help of a young, strange woman on his team, this juror begins a twisted battle with those favoring the tobacco s case, and soon Fitch realizes he no longer has the jury following his lead Thus, Fitch employs a dangerous plan which will begin costing people s lives if he proves successful.I read this book sometime after I saw the movie in 2004 because I enjoyed it so much Grisham writes with superb detail that intrigue the reader s psyche It s all the entertaining because the author is an experienced lawyer, so one will appreciate the truth in his fictional account of what likely happens behind the scenes And this makes one a bit unnerved because if this is the case, then what is our judicial system doing if anything to prevent such action from tainting a jury This book is highly recommended and I ve kept it for reading again and again like I have some of his other books which are favorites of mine. The Good The beginning and very end of this book were very fast paced and enticing I enjoyed the mysterious characters and that the author allows the reader to know what many are thinking and feeling through various viewpoints The plot line of this book was very original.The Bad I felt like I was reading the Bible at times So many characters were introduced throughout the entirety of the book, and it was difficult to keep up with them and their various personalities It was also difficult to keep up with the varying attempts to sabotage a fair trial The Ugly I got bored towards the middle of the book and had to force myself to continue reading If I hadn t been 200 pages in already, I probably wouldn t have finished it. Another Grisham legal thriller successfully concluded.This is definitely one of the author s most exciting and unusual books I think, in part, because those who have never served on a jury always wonder what exactly goes on behind those closed doors They will never find out, though, because most countries have laws protecting the deliberations from being made public So, we will never know whether an irresponsible jury just flipped a coin for the verdict, or whether they decided they didn t like the defendant s lawyer s hair colour and punished him for it.In this book, all is revealed as we are taken behind the scenes and into the jury room in a does smoking cause lung cancer case The defendant, a large tobacco company is basically representing all tobacco companies who fear class action if the verdict goes against them However, they don t need to worry as seasoned expert Fitch comes to the rescue with his pool of money and ability to operate outside the law.The jury is selected in a rush of activity as the experts scramble to analyse every detail of their lives There s just one unknown, who s managed to slip through the net He seems harmless enough, but the inability to find out anything about him is making both sides slightly anxious Just who is Nicholas Easter and what are his intentions And why are the jury behaving so strangely This book keeps the reader guessing until the very last page It has been masterfully created and intricately planned and executed The characters are well developed and believable Grisham often includes themes of absolute power corrupting absolutely and the ability to buy oneself out of any and every situation The interesting twist this time is the ethical aspect does the end justify the means Is it okay to commit a crime or to blackmail someone if your intentions are honourable What if they are also corrupt do two wrongs cancel each other out and make a right Are the people then both as bad as each other The Bible tells us that we should do what is right even if it means standing alone and even if everyone else is doing something different The way that we do things is just as important as the outcome we cannot expect to achieve a good outcome if we act deceitfully in the process We are ultimately accountable to God not people for the way that we live and conduct ourselves.Another bonus to this particular book is that the language is pretty clean, there are just a few border line curse words There is no violence and there are just a few references to sexual activity that aren t graphic.For those who aren t sure whether they will enjoy John Grisham, this is a good place to start One of my favourites, recommended.Check out my John Grisham Shelf The Runaway Jury is a legal thriller about jury corruption and manipulation of a verdict When the jurors were selected to be in a landmark tobacco trial in Biloxi, Mississippi no one expected the jury to have some controlling and manipulation their verdict The jurors are behaving strangely and Nicholas Easter jury no 2 complained about being watched The readers of The Runaway Jury will continue to follow the twist and turns in the tobacco trial and observe the goings on in the jury room to see what happens to Nicholas Easter and the other jurors I do not always enjoy John Grisham books, but I did enjoy reading The Runaway Jury The way John Grisham portrayed his characters and the setting of The Runaway Jury enable me to engage with the plot and his characters The Runaway Jury is a fantastic legal drama and was well written and researched by John Grisham At times I had to laugh with what John Grisham characters get up to in The Runaway Jury.The readers of The Runaway Jury will learn about The United States of America Jury system and procedures Also, The Runaway Jury highlights the legal system in The United States of America for the readers I recommend this book. Every Jury Has A Leader, And The Verdict Belongs To Him In Biloxi, Mississippi, A Landmark Tobacco Trial With Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars At Stake Begins Routinely, Then Swerves Mysteriously Off Course The Jury Is Behaving Strangely, And At Least One Juror Is Convinced He S Being Watched Soon They Have To Be Sequestered Then A Tip From An Anonymous Young Woman Suggests She Is Able To Predict The Jurors Increasingly Odd Behavior Is The Jury Somehow Being Manipulated, Or Even Controlled If So, By Whom And, Importantly, Why From The Trade Paperback Edition Another excellent work by a world revered writer The kernel of the theme here is seemingly encapsulated when the odious Fitch ponders Oh the questions he wanted to ask He d love to start with the two of them and ask whose idea it was, such an ingenious devious plan to study litigation, then follow it across the country then plant oneself on the jury so a deal could be cut for a verdict It was nothing short of brilliant He could grill her for hours, maybe days about the specifics but he knew there would be no answers But of course the plot cannot be that simple and we have to wade through this tantalizing work to know the unadorned truth in the end Typical of his works, the author reveals the sleazy nature of the law and legal practitioners For example we read They did the dirty work that had to be kept to themselves Most of the other lawyers used runners like Clive to spread cash and chase cases and perform dark little deeds not taught in law school, but none of them would ever admit to such unethical activity This steaming work is also about big business, big money, the ruthlessness of the corporate world in certain cases here the tobacco conglomerates How well we know here in Africa how the monolithic companies trample those who dare to get in their way Yet the author clearly pitches his tent with the victims of smoking, as the story peters to an end Those against smoking carry the day, and it becomes illuminating as we read My parents were wonderful peoplethey got hooked on cigarettes when they were in college They hated themselves for smoking but could never give it up They died horrible deaths I watched them suffer and shrivel and gasp for breath until they could not breathe any

Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60 70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby writing his first novel.Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of

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  • John Grisham
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  • 09 November 2017
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