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The Street Lawyer Mass Market Paperback – January 5, 1999
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Award-winning narrator Frank Muller delivers a poignant and candid reading in this unabridged courtroom drama. Muller's first-person delivery embraces Michael Brock's complexities as he grapples with a burgeoning conscience. With Brock's revelation that "I am a human first, then a lawyer," he is transformed from a rigid middle-class male into a compassionate Robin Hood-like character. Muller flawlessly interchanges voices and gives a powerful delivery worthy of character who heroically sacrifices everything to become an advocate for the homeless. (Running time: 11 hours, 12 cassettes) --Gina Kaysen --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly
America's most popular author is arguably its most popular crusader as well, tilting his pen against myriad targets, including big law (The Firm, etc.), big tobacco (The Runaway Jury), big insurance (The Rainmaker) and now, in perhaps his sweetest, shortest novel, against anyone, big or little, who treats the homeless as less than human. The expected powerhouse opening involves the hostage-taking?by an armed, homeless man who calls himself Mister?of nine attorneys of a huge law firm headquartered in D.C. Among the nine is narrator Michael Brock, an antitrust lawyer who receives a faceful of blood when a police sniper blows away Mister's head. "I'm alive! I'm alive," Michael cries like Ebenezer Scrooge, but, like Scrooge, this greedy hotshot is ripe for a moral awakening. The next day, Michael visits the shabby offices of Mister's attorney, Mordecai Green, who explains that Mister and others had been illegally evicted from makeshift housing on orders from a real-estate development company represented by Michael's firm. Inspired by Green and shaken by his firm's complicity, Michael volunteers at a homeless shelter. When a family he meets there dies on the street, and turns out to have been among the evictees, Michael quits his job, goes to work for Green and, using as evidence a file he steals from the firm, aims to sue his former employer on behalf of the evictees. In turn, the firm places Michael in its crosshairs, pressuring him to give up the file through legal maneuvers, having him arrested and hints of darker means. The cat-and-mouse between Michael and the firm is vintage Grisham, intricately plotted, but the emphasis in this smoothly told, baldly manipulative tale is less on action and suspense, which are moderate, than on Michael's change of heart and moving exploration of the world of the homeless. Dickens would be well pleased, and so will Grisham's fans. 2.8 million first printing.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
After he reads the Post (D.C.) he discovers his name and that he was homeless, and also that Mordecai Green, a lawyer and director of the 14th Street Legal Clinic. He drove to the clinic and talked with Mordecai thinking that Devon Hardy might have AIDs and he was splattered with his blood. They talked awhile and since there was a blizzard coming he was more worried about making sure all the homeless were somewhere safe in a shelter.
Later, Michael, steals a file from Braden Chance, a real estate lawyer with the help of his paralegal, Then he is in a horrible car accident, with the file in the car when it was towed away. That's when the story twists and turns, and Michael turns down his huge salary of a hundred, and twenty thousand a year to thirty thousand as a street lawyer for the poor. His wife, Clare, knows she can't afford their exclusive, expensive home, so she divorces him, and the marriage was ending anyway. He is comfortable with his new lifestyle, and keeps the file, plus finds out that Chance has shredded the most important memo that the homeless were evicted from their makeshift apartments without a thirty day notice, and thrown out on the streets. Mordecai and Michael sue the firm and end up with five million plus, however, after returning the file, Michael license is suspended from practicing law for nine months, but the story continues....
Not simply write a check to offset a sudden windfall that would balance an unexpected gain that the IRS would be happy
to snatch in excess of 50%. Instead of mingling with upper crust seek out the many dedicated public servants that work
daily with the many problems the poverty stricken have to deal with everyday.. The front line soldiers of social services that
know precisely where to direct your contributions so that they will have the most direct impact on today's unbalanced haves and have nots.
I'd be willing to bet that you may find a genuine life long real friend that does not judge you for your success. Possibly your first
real friend of your entire life. Ed, Colorado
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