|The King of Torts|
by John Grisham
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
While reading The Summons I noticed French's yacht was named King of Torts and fully expected him to be the main character in this book. While he does make several appearances he is only a minor character.
Clay is a small time lawyer putting in time at the public defenders office. He is fairly happy with his job. A little overworked maybe but he is getting lots of trial experience. His long time girlfriend is unhappy with his lack of pay. Clay seizes an opportunity to strike out on his own when he lands a settlement case that is a sure thing.
Clay quickly becomes his own worse enemy. He falls victim to greed, stupidity, and his attraction to gold diggers. But it is a fun ride while it lasts. It is kind of sad how little of the clients' concerns are kept in mind and class action suits quickly become all about the lawyer's fees.
While well written, fairly entertaining, and contains sufficient plot twists, this is hardly one of my favorite Grisham books, though I did like it better than Playing for Pizza.