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Rogue Lawyer Hardcover – October 20, 2015
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--Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post
"Sebastian Rudd is a kind of social justice warrior and Grisham uses him to take jabs at the legal system…all with a blunt, rude, gravelly poetic wise guy voice that makes Rudd come across as a kind of 21st-century Philip Marlowe."
--Benjamin Percy, The New York Times Book Review
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The novel unfortunately often felt like a collection of short stories pasted together, with Rudd as the only figure who maintains a continuous narrative. Rather than focus on one trial throughout the entire book, every thirty to forty pages Rudd will win or lose a particular case and then move on. While this may accurately reflect the life of defense attorneys, it unfortunately does little to flesh out the characters into ones the reader can actively sympathize with or despise. Similarly, despite Rudd's repeated proclamations that he is a rogue lawyer, he actually is a pretty honest one. While he is willing to pay cops for information and occasionally represents bad characters, about the only sanction-worthy act he commits throughout the course of the novel is bribing a court clerk to get a particular judge to hear his civil suit.
Despite these flaws, Grisham clearly displays that he was (and still is) an attorney. He has a good handle on the minutiae of courtroom criminal procedure and paints a portrait of an attorney whose character, while exaggerated, is believable.Read more ›
A lawyer who doesn't play by the rules and who defends the scum of society… yeah, I need his address so I can send a Christmas card. And that is just the surface stuff. As you read this book you’ll find out more about this guy that would make a cat hanging out at a San Francisco wharf refuse spill turn up his nose.
But as I read more and more of this story, I found myself (kind of) liking this guy. But that may have something to do with his supporting cast: Judith… it’s been a long time since I’ve read a book where I wished for the death of a character as much as I did this (removed bad word because of Amazon’s rules) woman. I set aside a special type of hate for her. Then there’s Tadeo… this guy has the brain of Kendra Wilkinson and the arrogance of Trump. Had this book been longer I would have sued the Grisham estate for neck injury due to my head shaking.
Rounding out this cess pool circle of friends is Arch. If Dr. Frankenstein were to ever to experiment with sleezy ooze, Arch would be it’s ordure. That’s all I’m going to say because I feel the need to shower just typing his name. Now keep in mind, those are the headliners. There are a ton of extras who colorfully add their own crime spice to this broth of filth. Grisham truly shows us the bottom of the barrel with the clients AND the lawyer.
Now this book did have a different feel to it.Read more ›
Sebastian ends up in nowheresville where his client is fighting for his life against the charge that he's brutally murdered two little girls in a spectacularly gruesome crime. Hitting the standard with misdirection, fighting against the norm, grizzled weariness, Rogue Lawyer meets all the criteria for your standard Grisham thriller. The book is rife with legal thriller stereotypes, from the lazy judge, to the clueless jurors, to the hulking bad guys.
In all, though this will be a fine book for a Grisham fan, the threads are starting to show in this work which we have seen time and time again. It will certainly serve well for his fans, and is a fine quick read for anyone else.
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Excellent read. I normally read myself to sleep each night, so I typically get a page or two in before I nod off. Read morePublished 13 hours ago by Mike
It is confusing not following the leads, desperately disorganized. There no one story, but the manner that he tells the story is still appealing.Published 13 hours ago by Amazon Customer
An excellent read! The Rogue Lawyer has a few cases simultaneously which holds your attention. As always, John Grisham delivers a must read book.Published 1 day ago by Surfer Lopez
Good book, but what else would you expect from John GrishamPublished 1 day ago by Shirley M. Perdue
Classic Grisham; great storytelling, primary character development, and plot resolutionPublished 1 day ago by NorthGAQuadPilot