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published: 20th November 2008

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the appeal

In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company. They have been 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.

But chemical company owner, Carl Trudeau, decides to try to purchase himself a seat on the Court. Through an intricate web of conspiracy and deceit, his political operatives recruit a young, unsuspecting candidate. They finance him, manipulate him, market him, and mould 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 the electoral process or judicial system in quite the same way ever again.
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Critic's Reviews

'Clever old Grisham. He is fantastically skilful. The characters are deftly drawn. There's nobody who does legal fiction better.'
 Daily Express

'As usual Grisham is fantastically skilful at delineating the procedural ins and outs of the legal and business worlds in such a way that, as the reader, you feel rather clever yourself.'
 Daily Express

'John Grisham is the biggest-selling author of legal thrillers. He comes up with exciting and enthralling plots, his writing is utterly compelling.'

'Recalling Dickens and other 19th century fiction... Riveting.'
 Sunday Times

'Reads both like an inspirational debut and a brilliant career masterpiece... Technically the book is a tour de force, the characters perfectly balanced and precisely drawn, the forward-thrusting chapters sculpted in size and rhythm... The Appeal is a blatant page turner but I guarantee you will hate reaching the end.'
 Sunday Express

'A tense, thoughtful, absorbing read.'
 The Times

'A story that is told well and Mr Grisham keeps the pages flipping. Pefectly enjoyable read.'
 Law Society Gazette

'A calm, clinical expose of how money has corrupted justice in some US states. Immaculately done.'
 Evening Standard

'Try as you might to resist, it's hard to argue against Grisham being a great storyteller.'
 Dorset Echo

'The intricacies of how corrupt politicians help implement Trudeau's scheme drives the drama and it's a testament to Grisham's storytelling prowess that a novel about topics like US liability law and the ethics of campaign fundraising makes for an entertaining read. A gripping finale.'
 London Lite

'Try as you might to resist, it's hard to argue against Grisham being a great storyteller.'
 Dorset Echo

'What he does so well is to people his plots with clearly defined characters... He makes it riveting.'

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2 Reviews
Adrian Scott
A wonderful book which I had difficulty putting down. However the ending was not as I expected. I feel a sequel to the story would be in order.

Carl should really pay the price of settlement.
Jake Weathers
Another exhilarating read...

Grisham's strength as an author is his skill in linking fiction to fact, he illustrates this again beautifully with The Appeal.