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The Runaway Jury Hardcover – 1 May 1996
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In Biloxi, Mississippi, a landmark tobacco trial with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake beginsroutinely, then swerves mysteriously off course. The jury is behaving strangely, and at least one juroris convinced he's being watched. Soon they have to be sequestered. Then a tip from an anonymous young woman suggests she is able to predict the jurors' increasingly odd behavior. Is the jury somehow being manipulated, or even controlled? If so, by whom? And, more important, why?
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- Publisher : Doubleday Books; 1st Edition (1 May 1996)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0385472943
- ISBN-13 : 978-0385472944
- Dimensions : 16.43 x 3.3 x 24.16 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 462,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A conglomerate of giant Tobacco Manufacturers is determined that one of their number, being sued for damages by a middle-aged woman, widowed, she claims, through her late husband’s lethal tobacco addiction, is found ‘not guilty’ - otherwise they all fall together. Thus the stakes are not only higher than usual, but readily available, and liberally provided.
Notwithstanding Judge Hardin’s daily reminders of the jury’s obligations to talk to no one about the trial, several of them are being subjected to some form of blackmail or bribery. Where money is no object, and in the belief that “every man has his price”, finding weak points and playing on them, is a walkover.
However, not all interested parties are without opposing ambitions. Some cannot be bought, and some are cunning enough and manipulative enough to stay one step ahead of our known villains.
On the prosecution you have wendall rohr, on the defence durwood cable who is being directed by a ruthless consultant rankin fitch.
What they don't know is there are two players looking to coax the jury to swing the verdict, who are they and why are they doing this and which way will the case go.