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Grisham continues his string of legal thrillers with a novel that begins where the story usually ends - at the verdict. A Mississippi jury hits a chemical company with a staggering $41 million verdict after the company is accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town's water supply. The verdict, of course, will be appealed to the Mississippi Supreme Court, but the billionaire Wall Street owner of the compay, Carl Trudeau, doesn't believe the Court will be friendly enough to his position. Trudeau is presented with a scheme to take advantage of Mississippi's system of electing judges, and launches a group of political operatives to find and promote a "perfect candidate." Perfect for Trudeau, anyway.