The Runaway Jury Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Every jury has a leader, and the verdict belongs to him. In Biloxi, Mississippi, a landmark tobacco trial with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake begins routinely, then swerves mysteriously off course. The jury is behaving strangely, and at least one juror is 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 behaviour. Is the jury somehow being manipulated, or even controlled? If so, by whom? And, more importantly, why?
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|Listening Length||14 hours and 4 minutes|
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|Audible.co.uk Release Date||29 September 2014|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 12,277 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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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.
So why four stars and not five? It's certainly a five star story: it's well-paced, it twists and turns, there are clever little side-bar plots and there's a big reveal at the end, and it's a five star read. And it would have been five stars but [warning you may consider this to be nit-picking] with a jury of twelve plus three substitutes and their nearest and dearests; the court officials; the plaintiff's legal team; the defendant's legal team; mixed cops, hoodlums and lowlifes; plus various bit part players there's too many characters to keep tabs on, what it needed was a dramatis personnae and that would have made it all so much easier.
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.