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Rogue Lawyer Hardcover – October 20, 2015

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1St Edition 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7,833 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This most recent effort by John Grisham follows an attorney who practices in the Fifteenth Circuit of the United States in federal and state court. His name is Sebastian Rudd and what makes Rudd unique compared to most attorneys is his willingness to accept clients no other attorney would take. These range for an accused child molester/murderer, a rage prone boxer, a crime don eager to escape death row, and a man with ties to human trafficking. His most important client, however, is himself for the often acrimonious custody hearings he faces against his ex-wife. Accompanying him at all times are his silent bodyguard Partner and a heavily armored van that serves as both office and transportation.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
‘Rogue Lawyer’… well, they certainly nailed this title. I’ll not torture you with the usual jokes about lawyers that we love to hate, rather I’ll torture you with having you read this review instead of reading this wonderful book. John Grisham is a talent, but even I thought he was hard pressed to try and get me to like Sebastian.

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.
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I'm usually a Grisham fan but this is a truly terrible, grossly irritating book. First off, it was done first---and better--by Michael Connelly. Second, it is neither a short story collection, a novella or a novel but some sort of crude amalgam off all three. Third, though well written--and what Grisham isn't?--it's still annoying as hell. Maybe his next book will be better.
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Coming off of Gray Mountain, which was a pretty good legal thriller, it looks like Grisham is slipping back into clichés with his latest book. Grisham basically perfected the legal thriller, so it’s not exactly his fault when the writing goes to a by-the-numbers legal procedural, which manages to both be gritty and lethargic. The “rogue” lawyer Sebastian Rudd is a stereotyped “street” lawyer who worries "There are plenty of people who'd like to kill me right now” because he runs up against so many bad guys who mean him harm, including the police as well. Think of the grizzled private eye novel, and insert a lawyer, and that is what you have here.

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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