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The Runaway Jury: A Novel
by John Grisham

Published: 2012-02-28
Mass Market Paperback : 560 pages
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

They are at the center of a multimillion-dollar legal hurricane: twelve men and women who have been investigated, watched, manipulated, and harassed by high-priced lawyers and consultants who will stop at nothing to secure a verdict. Now the jury must make a ...

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

They are at the center of a multimillion-dollar legal hurricane: twelve men and women who have been investigated, watched, manipulated, and harassed by high-priced lawyers and consultants who will stop at nothing to secure a verdict. Now the jury must make a decision in the most explosive civil trial of the century, a precedent-setting lawsuit against a giant tobacco company. But only a handful of people know the truth: that this jury has a leader, and the verdict belongs to him.

He is known only as Juror #2. But he has a name, a past, and he has planned his every move with the help of a beautiful woman on the outside. Now, while a corporate empire hangs in the balance, while a grieving family waits, and while lawyers are plunged into a battle for their careers, the truth about Juror #2 is about to explode in a cross fire of greed and corruption—and with justice fighting for its life.

Editorial Review

Millions of dollars are at stake in a huge tobacco-company case in Biloxi, and the jury's packed with people who have dirty little secrets. A mysterious young man takes subtle control of the jury as the defense watches helplessly, but they soon realize that he in turn is controlled by an even more mysterious young woman. Lives careen off course as they bend everyone in the case to their will.

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As a jury member how would you have voted?
To what extent should government regulate vices or harmful products? Should government be our Mother?
What do you think of a government sponsored vice like the lottery?
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by [email protected] (see profile) 07/11/17

Although the Nicholas/Marlee scheme is implausible, the book is riddled with countless hooks that keep you turning the pages.Until the very end I thought the book portrayed both sides of the tobacco liability... (read more)

 
  "Not one of John Grisham's finest"by bspourch (see profile) 09/29/15

There were too many characters, and the actions some of them took were not plausible. Also, there was not enough suspense to overcome the boring parts. A couple of members did like it, which is why the... (read more)

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