The King of Torts


The King of Torts

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author = John Grisham
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country = United States
language = English
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genre = Legal thriller novel
publisher = Doubleday
release_date = 2003
media_type = Print (Hardcover, Paperback)
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isbn = ISBN 0-385-50804-2

"The King of Torts" is a legal/suspense novel written by American author John Grisham. The first edition (ISBN 0-385-50804-2) was published in hardcover format by Doubleday in 2003. Dell Publishing published the paperback edition later in 2003 (ISBN 0-440-24153-7).

Plot

Clay Carter is a public defender, dreaming of one day joining a big law firm. Reluctantly, he takes on the case of Tequila Watson, a man accused of a random street killing. Clay assumes that it is just another D.C. murder. Clay soon learns of a pharmaceutical conspiracy, with the help of the mysterious Max Pace. The pharmaceutical company was illegally using recovering drug addicts for medical trials without their consent. The drug, Tarvan, works wonderfully for 90% of their patients, but in a small percentage (including Tequila Watson), it leads to random violent killings. The drug company therefore uses Max Pace to solicit Clay to pay off the victims with large settlements. Clay initially has reservations for doing this, but soon, he profits from the legal retainer offered by Max Pace.

Max Pace then offers Clay insider information on the dangers of another drug. Clay uses this information to launch a new career in Tort Law. Soon Clay finds himself being one of the legal profession's biggest tort lawyers. Unfortunately, this sudden fame isn't without a price.

List of characters

* Jarrett "Clay" Carter II
* Max Pace
* Tequila Watson later restyled Paul Watson
* Ramon Pumphrey
* Adelfa Pumphrey
* Rebecca Van Horn
* Bennett Van Horn
* Barb Van Horn
* Paullette Tullos
* Rodney
* Jonah
* Glenda
* Talmadge X
* Jarrett Carter
* Patton French
* Ridley
* Ted Worley
* Mrs. Worley
* Oscar Mulrooney
* Dale Mooneyham
* Roger Redding
* Helen Warshaw

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