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A civil action: A legal thriller of the decade
Justice is created to investigate the truth and to provide justice to the people. Yet, truth and judicial process do not always go hand on hand. In the book, A Civil Action, the author, Jonathan Harr, portrays the dark side of our justice system. Here, Harr presents a true story of group of families that bring a civil lawsuit against two big corporations, but during the process their truth gets manipulated and proven meaningless by the tactics of judiciary procedures. Published in 1996, this is one of the best works of Harr. It is very engaging, and especially, Harr’s thorough description helps reader from any background understand the judicial proceedings of the case.
The book begins with Jan Schlicthmann, a lawyer of the Woburn families, waiting for the verdict the case. He is the main narrator of the story and his character is well portrayed from a lawyer who is at first very cynical to accept the case to the one who gives up everything for the truth and justice to the families in Woburn, who lost their children from Leukemia. Sc…
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