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Money can buy you anything. Even a verdict...

In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking guilty 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 knows it's in trouble. Their only avenue is to appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will either approve the verdict or reverse it.

But the company's owner, Carl Trudeau, isn't willing to let justice be done. Instead, he decides to try to purchase 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.

And unless their scheme is exposed, the polluters will make a clean escape...

The Appeal is a powerful, timely, and shocking story of political and legal intrigue, a story that will change the way readers think about the electoral process and judicial system forever.


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

Dorset Echo

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

Law Society Gazette

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

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

Daily Express

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    November 1, 2013


    512 pages

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    June 1, 2010

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