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The Appeal


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The Appeal, Grisham’s first legal thriller since 2004’s The Last Juror, takes aim at deep-pocketed special interest groups that attempt to manipulate the judicial system.

In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking 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 appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it.

Through an intricate web of conspiracy and deceit, political operatives of the chemical company’s owner recruit a young, unsuspecting candidate to campaign for a seat on the Supreme Court.

The Appeal is a powerful and shocking story of political and legal intrigue that will leave readers unable to think about the electoral process or judicial system in quite the same way ever again.

The timing of the release of this new hardback, priced at 28.50 euros, is quite deliberate.