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Summary

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 listeners unable to think about our electoral process or judicial system in quite the same way ever again.

©2008 Belfry Holdings, Inc. (P)2008 Random House, LLC

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"What he does so well is to people his plots with clearly defined characters... He makes it riveting." ( Mirror)

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Probably The Best Grisham Ever !

I rarely write reviews as my opinions are not that useful ( my wife says ) but on this occasion and for this book , I felt I should .

Grisham is a wonderful storyteller and his usage of allegory within the prose , is seemingly a prophetic nod to current day events in Flint, Michigan .

The narrator is one of those wonderful speakers who manages to change his voice pattern, cadence and tone to match the mood of each individual character . Simply sublime .

I loved this book. I made excuses to drive to the shops just to keep listening . It has a strong political message and yet Grisham manages to avoid sounding preachy .

Please listen to it. You WILL love it...

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Superb

Thought provoking and disturbing to see how legitimate democracy can be corrupted. Thought provokingly brilliant.

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Love John Grisham books

Enjoyed this book up to the last couple of chapters then I felt it was a rush to finish!! I didn’t feel like it was tidied up properly felt a bit let down

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Food for thoughts

Different angles on a highly controversial topic. Ego vs ethics.
Are today's super rich emotionally bankrupt? I enjoyed the story and the performance of the reader was very good.

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Great plot week told

Loved it but as with many Grisham books not the ending I hoped for, great book and brilliant narrative by Michael Beck

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Enjoyable

Really enjoyed this story, which is warning about the dangers of politics influencing the justice system.

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Great book

nice that the good guys didn't win! Another cracker from Mr Grisham, he never fails

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Another excellent Grisham.

Brilliant. Very absorbed the whole way through.
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Enjoyable

I love this author (some books better than others naturally) and I love Michael Beck. Sadly, it’s apt given the state of self serving politicos and the lack of respect given to the importance of the independence of the judiciary across our world.

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Great book I enjoyed it looking forward

Great book I enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next book I listen to.