- Hardcover: 344 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (October 20, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385539436
- ISBN-13: 978-0385539432
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9,266 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Terrific…Grisham, can still devise distinctive characters, tricky legal predicaments and rogueishly cheating ways to worm out of them."
--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
About the Author
JOHN GRISHAM is the author of twenty-seven novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and five novels for young readers.
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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. He also creates an interesting series of cases for the attorney to handle. The ending comes somewhat abruptly, but it is in such a manner that I suspect Mr. Grisham has a sequel possibly in mind. If he eventually does write one, I will be sure to read it.
Sebastian Rudd is lawyer who offers his services to the dregs of society, people who other lawyers will not touch.
The story is written in short halting sentences within short chapters sometimes only 2 pages long, designed to keep the readers moving along. His clients all have miserable lives and he practices law within a society that has a corrupt and an unbelievably incompetent police force within a judicial system that also corrupt. The only person who is fair, competent and ethical is our hero. The bad guys have single syllable names where the good guys may have two. The story is divided into six parts or cases with a single thin thread trying to link the story together. There isn't a main story-line compelling enough to hold the book together. Rudd’s personal life is also miserable with a running battle with his ex-wife about custody issues with his son. The one bright spot in the book and his life is his interest in the mixed martial arts in which he sponsors a talented fighter, but this also ends miserably. The book ends abruptly without a satisfying conclusion.
I don’t recommend this book unless you enjoy reading about people with miserable lives. With the next Grisham novel, if there is one, I will certainly take a closer look at the reviews before reading it.
Lawyer Rudd has a good social conscience, but as far as street lawyers go I thought John Grisham's book, "Street Lawyer" was a better book. I loved that one but I tolerated this one. The cases that Rudd takes on are ones that no other lawyer wants. Rudd's interest in cage fighting is fine, but his betting habits and the people he hangs out with at the fights are less than savory. He is always being dragged into court himself by the ex-wife with whom he has a child. She is a beast and finds fault with everything Rudd does when he has his son for the 36-hour visiting time he is allowed once a month.
Grisham's books are ones that I never miss and I've read them all, but this one just didn't thrill me as much as some of his others.