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The Runaway Jury is a legal thriller by the award-winning American author, John Grisham, and is about the power of major corporations, the abuse of the American legal system, and the triumph of the man.
Summary Of The Book
John Grisham's seventh novel, The Runaway Jury, is a suspense novel. Set in Biloxi in Mississippi, the American bestselling author presents an out-of-the box story that takes the reader through a unique trial.
Millions of dollars are at stake in this landmark trial being held in a state that is known for its favorable tort laws and compassionate juries. Wendall Rohr has filed a case on behalf of the plaintiff Celeste Wood. Her husband died of lung cancer and Rohr has appointed a proper legal team of successful tort lawyers for this suit. The defendant in this case is a huge tobacco company called Pynex.
The twist in the story comes when the reader realizes that all the members of this jury have some kind of dirty little secret of their own. The trial veers off course when the jury starts behaving strangely. One of the jurors is convinced that he is being watched over. A weird young man has taken subtle control of the jury members and the defense is left helpless. However, it is soon discovered that this mysterious young man is in turn being controlled by another mystifying character, a young woman. And these two are able to bend everybody involved as per their will.
The Runaway Jury is a twisted tale of twelve men and women who have been watched, investigated, manipulated, and harassed by high-priced lawyers who working hard to achieve a verdict. Another secret is that like every jury, even this one has a leader and the verdict belongs to him. In this case, he is known as Juror #2. He does have a past and with the help of a beautiful lady, he has planned each step carefully.
Who is Juror #2? What's his past? How is he involved in this particular case? Who is this young woman who seems to be able to predict the odd behavior of the jury? Who is manipulating the jury, and why? All this and more is revealed in this thrilling novel as Grisham weaves the story further and starts unveiling the truth. The novel highlights how justice fights for its life in the crossfire of greed and corruption.
About John Grisham
John Grisham is a bestselling American author known for his legal thrillers. He is also a lawyer and politician.
Grisham has published various other bestselling novels such as The Rainmaker, The Confession, A Time To Kill, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Partner, The Testament, A Painted House, and The Chamber.
Born in 1955 in Jonesboro, Grisham did his graduation from Mississippi State University and then went to the University Of Mississippi School Of Law to study criminal law. From 1984 to 1990, he served in the House of Representatives in Mississippi. His first novel, A Time To Kill, was published in 1989. His books have sold more than 250 million copies and have been translated into 29 languages across the world.