The Appeal

The Appeal

Book - 2008
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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. Their Supreme Court justice.

The Appeal is 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.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385515047
Branch Call Number: F GRI
Characteristics: 358 p. ; 24 cm


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Ham625 Jan 31, 2015

Depressing, but real. Check out the state of West Virginia and clear top mining and court cases.

lv2tour Jan 03, 2015

Although I do like Grisham's writing, I'm getting fed up with the end of his books without a definite ending, one way or another.
It's really sad to think that he could not give the readers at least a sense of closure.
Again, books written as potential movie sequels

dragonsnakes Mar 04, 2011

Good read

Sep 21, 2010

Cartoon, one-dimensional characters. Don't waste your time.

Aug 21, 2008

not his best

May 14, 2008


Mar 20, 2008

Grisham's books have become somewhat routine. There is not much character development.

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