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The Runaway Jury

By John Grisham

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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 ...

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    A rather long and complicated story from John Grisham. Long and complicated not in the sense of the legal issues or story line, but about the 12 + 3 jurors, with their names and background.

    In this civil case, the plaintiff Celeste Wood, the widow o ...(continue)

    A rather long and complicated story from John Grisham. Long and complicated not in the sense of the legal issues or story line, but about the 12 + 3 jurors, with their names and background.

    In this civil case, the plaintiff Celeste Wood, the widow of Jacob Wood, sued the tobacco companies for killing her husband. The defendant was accused of manufacturing cigarettes which were addictive and caused lung cancer. This was not the first case of its kind, but certainly became a precedent with its verdict for the plaintiff, giving actual damages plus a huge sum of punitive damages. This would induce a series of lawsuit against the tobacco companies. The difference of this case with others was the juror Nicholas Easter, and his partner Marlee hiding behind.

    The interesting parts of the book were about the extensive study (or unethical investigation) of the potential jurors, and the under-table, black side of both teams of lawyers. The leader of “the Fund” formed by the tobacco companies was Rankin Fitch. He employed secret investigators and fake FBI agents to dig into the privacy of each juror, and by all means exerted undue pressure on them to control their vote. The runner for the plaintiff lawyer also used monetary method to influence the voting of juror.

    Other than these outside courtroom interferences, Nicholas made himself into the jury and thereby carried out his plan to directly impact the colleagues. He on one side gained trust from the Judge and on the other side dumped those problematic jurors who were uncontrollable. Marlee did the secret dealing with Fitch. She managed to hide her past from him and convinced him that Nicholas had the power to control the verdict.

    Finally, Fitch’s staff learnt that the parents of Marlee were actually died of lung cancer, but it was already too late because the money had been wired for the purchase of a false verdict and the jury had also reached a runaway one. (runaway is not run away; it means out of control...)

    If all have been true, the power behind the justice system is so great that it could result in any desired outcome. The rich would most likely buy a favorable verdict. But I have doubt as to how far the money can go and how powerful those guys could be without being caught. In particular, I wonder how Marlee can manage to hide her real identify from the world but at the same time possesses strong link to the others such as bankers and investigators?

    “From a lawyer's point of view, the receiving of a verdict approaches an art form. One cannot flinch or twitch. One cannot look around for either solace or jubilation. One cannot grab one's client to celebrate or to comfort. One must sit perfectly still, frown hard at a legal pad upon which one is writing, and act as though one knew precisely what the verdict would be.”

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    Candy said on Sep 17, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    *** This comment contains spoilers! ***

    The Runaway Jury

    我覺得這故事讀完已經不是覺得「喔,這個判決真是大快人心!」,而是「喔,這種比收買更高技巧的手段實在讓人感到可怕!」人心跟被操縱的人果然真可怕阿阿阿阿阿。

    P.127 人抽菸時吸進去的煙,約有百分之五十留在肺裡,部分氣體微粒則直接沉積在支氣管的管壁上。

    P.130 尼古丁使四肢表層的血管收縮;它使血壓升高,脈搏加快,心臟負荷增加。對消化系統有著緩慢而又複雜的影響。可以引起惡心和嘔吐,剛開始抽菸的人更是如此。起初會刺激唾液之分泌與消化道之蠕動,然而以後便會使 ...(continue)

    The Runaway Jury

    我覺得這故事讀完已經不是覺得「喔,這個判決真是大快人心!」,而是「喔,這種比收買更高技巧的手段實在讓人感到可怕!」人心跟被操縱的人果然真可怕阿阿阿阿阿。

    P.127 人抽菸時吸進去的煙,約有百分之五十留在肺裡,部分氣體微粒則直接沉積在支氣管的管壁上。

    P.130 尼古丁使四肢表層的血管收縮;它使血壓升高,脈搏加快,心臟負荷增加。對消化系統有著緩慢而又複雜的影響。可以引起惡心和嘔吐,剛開始抽菸的人更是如此。起初會刺激唾液之分泌與消化道之蠕動,然而以後便會使功能弱化。對中樞神經,它起著興奮劑的作用。布朗斯基講得井井有條,而且語調十分真誠;聽了他的描述,一支香菸與一劑致命的毒藥,其作用相差無幾。

    P.488 我們的一切工作,都是為了現在這個時刻。我們的計劃肯定可以實現。因為所有上場的演員都已經腐敗到家了。你是腐敗的。你的委託人是腐敗的。我的同夥和我自己也是腐敗的。腐敗,但是精明。我們污染了這整個系統,但我們使用的方式方法,誰也別想逮到我們。

    P.606 「那可不一定,」尼可拉斯反駁道。「幾年前,德克薩斯有場官司,裁決被告賠償一百億呢。」
    「是嗎?那麼這是一場買賣了?」
    「不,」尼可拉斯說。他站了起來。「這是公道。」

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    Yu-tong said on Apr 26, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    La trama se puede decir que es más o menos original: las causas y demandas jurídicas contras las arrogantes y poderosas tabacaleras norteamericanas.
    Quizá sea junto con "La tapadera", su obra más pasable.
    He dicho pasable, que no buena.
    Por desgracia ...(continue)

    La trama se puede decir que es más o menos original: las causas y demandas jurídicas contras las arrogantes y poderosas tabacaleras norteamericanas.
    Quizá sea junto con "La tapadera", su obra más pasable.
    He dicho pasable, que no buena.
    Por desgracia, John Grisham siempre cojea de la misma pierna.
    Literatura de usar y tirar.

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    mancusso73 said on Feb 20, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    Quasi un capolavoro

    Ben strutturato e piacevole, molti colpi di scena

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    Zandod said on Oct 27, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    Come ho vissuto fino ad ora senza Grisham?
    Questo è quello che mi sono chiesta a metà del libro, il primo che leggo di questo fantastico autore.
    Che dire, un libro stupendo!
    Non annoia mai, al contrario, è coinvolgente nonostante la trama non sia de ...(continue)

    Come ho vissuto fino ad ora senza Grisham?
    Questo è quello che mi sono chiesta a metà del libro, il primo che leggo di questo fantastico autore.
    Che dire, un libro stupendo!
    Non annoia mai, al contrario, è coinvolgente nonostante la trama non sia delle più "vivaci".
    Il colpo di scena finale è fantastico, un capovolgersi degli eventi che un po' mi aspettavo ma che mi ha comunque lasciato a bocca aperta.
    Davvero un gran bel libro! Credo proprio che continuerò a leggere Grisham in futuro!

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    Sevy said on Sep 3, 2013 | Add your feedback

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