By John Grisham


In a crowded court in Mississippi, a jury returns a stunning verdict opposed to a chemical corporation accused of dumping poisonous waste right into a small town’s water offer, inflicting the worst “cancer cluster” in heritage. the corporate appeals to the Mississippi best courtroom, whose 9 justices will in the future both approve the verdict—or opposite it. 

The chemical corporation is owned by way of a Wall road predator named Carl Trudeau, and Mr. Trudeau is confident the court docket isn't really pleasant sufficient to his pursuits. With judicial elections looming, he comes to a decision to attempt to buy himself a seat at the court docket. the associated fee is some million cash, a drop within the bucket for a billionaire like Mr. Trudeau. via an tricky net of conspiracy and deceit, his political operatives recruit a tender, unsuspecting candidate. They finance him, manage him, industry him, and mildew him right into a capability splendid court docket justice. Their perfect courtroom justice.

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P A R T T W O ______________________________________________________ T H E C A M P A I G N C H A P T E R 17 within the previous city of Natchez there's a slice of land under a bluff, close to the river, often called Under-the-Hill. It has a protracted and colourful background that starts with the earliest days of steamboat site visitors at the Mississippi. It attracted all of the characters—the retailers, investors, boat captains, speculators, and gamblers—headed to New Orleans. simply because funds used to be altering arms, it additionally attracted ruffians, vagabonds, swindlers, bootleggers, gunrunners, whores, and each conceivable misfit from the underworld. Natchez used to be wealthy with cotton, such a lot of which was once shipped and traded via its port, Under-the-Hill. effortless cash created the necessity for bars, playing dens, brothels, and flophouses. a tender Mark Twain used to be a typical in the course of his days as a steamboat pilot. Then the Civil warfare killed river site visitors. It additionally burnt up the fortunes in Natchez, and so much of its nightlife. Under-the-Hill suffered a protracted interval of decline. In 1990, the Mississippi legislature licensed a invoice that allowed riverboat playing, the belief being handful of pretend paddle wheelers might churn up and down the river whereas their shipment of retirees performed bingo and blackjack. alongside the Mississippi River, businessmen rushed to set up those floating casinos. Remarkably, as soon as the laws used to be really learn and analyzed, it used to be came across that the boats wouldn't be required to bodily go away the shore. Nor have been they required to be outfitted with any form of engine to propel them. so long as they touched the river, or any of its chutes, sloughs, oxbow lakes, man-made canals, or backwaters, the buildings certified as riverboats lower than the laws. Under-the-Hill made a short comeback. regrettably, upon extra research, the laws unintentionally licensed full-fledged Vegas-style on line casino playing, and inside of many years this roaring new had settled itself alongside the Gulf Coast and in Tunica County, close to Memphis. Natchez and the opposite river cities neglected the growth, yet did be able to dangle directly to some of their engineless, desk bound casinos. __________ One such institution used to be the fortunate Jack. There, at his favourite blackjack desk along with his favourite broker, Clete Coley sat hunched over a stack of $25 chips and sipped a rum and soda. He used to be up $1,800 and it used to be time to give up. He watched the door, ready on his appointment. Coley was once a member of the bar. He had a level, a license, a reputation within the phone book, an workplace with the notice “Attorney” at the door, a secretary who responded the occasional cellphone name with an unenthusiastic “Law Office,” and enterprise playing cards with the entire worthwhile information. yet Clete Coley wasn’t a true legal professional. He had few consumers to talk of. He wouldn’t draft a will, or a deed, or a freelance, at gunpoint. He didn’t loiter around the courthouse, and he disliked many of the different legal professionals in Natchez. Clete used to be easily a rogue, an important, loud, hard-drinking rogue of a legal professional who made extra money on the casinos than he did on the workplace.

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