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The Street Lawyer: A Novel Paperback – November 23, 2010
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Another enjoyable quick read by Grisham. The scenario is predictable and the general themes are known to the reader by page 30. And with Grish that's OK. Michael Brock is a young lawyer living in Georgetown and working for the prestigious law firm of Drake & Sweeney: the ambitious climb up the corporate law firm ladder, a high income, a wife he never sees in an unhappy dysfunctional marriage and 80 hour work-weeks, are broken up by martini lunches billed to clients. Grisham again presents the "lawyerly atmosphere," with layman descriptions of legalese and strategies, in an interesting and intriguing way as the story unfolds. The descriptions of the District of Columbia are true-to-the-heart, and bring you to its Victorian townhouses, bad parts of town, popular night-spots, "lettered" streets, and DC's restaurants and cafes.
Even though he's a lawyer who lives in D.C., Brock goes through a personal, professional, and spritual metamorphosis after a traumatic incident--but all in 32 days? Now, Acknowledging a boring existence in life, through introspection, he has a series of conscious-raising revelations as the result of event.
He then ventures out to fight for the needy. Those who don't have a voice. Those who have multiple self-induced problems, make mistakes in life, and screw-up on a regular basis. Illegitimate children, dependence on drugs and the habitual inability to keep a job: these are the people who are the victims. And, these are victims who need justice. These people need a voice in society for theirs' is muted in the mahogany and oak halls of justice. And, Brock will be the man: risking his freedom, life, high income, career, and a certain future as a million-dollar-partner in his law firm that he leaves.
He chucks it.Read more ›
The concept was good, and the topic was riveting. The problem, however, lay in the narrative. The character of Michael Brock was almost wishy-washy. I couldn't identify with him - in fact I related and liked far better the character of Mordecai Green, Director of the 14th Street Legal Clinic which Brock starts working for.
The novel is billed, essentially, as a thriller. However it didn't have the feel of a thriller. Sure, I was intrigued by the developments, however I wasn't feverishly turning the pages at 3am to finish it.
In a way, I'm disappointed. The topic is hot, and one deserving of much attention in this, the richest nation of the world. I often wonder how many millions are given to foreign nations, while thousands of its citizens sleep on our streets, including children? A disturbing thought.
I'm glad that Grisham brought it to our attention, but felt that he could have done so much more with the material. It's an enjoyable read, don't get me wrong, but not Grisham at his best.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my top two favorites of Grisham's books. Touched me so I've done lots of volunteer work for the homeless.Published 4 days ago by Becky S.
Great story,good plot, well told but 'happy endings' for the poor indigent and homeless never seem to last or endure in the U S. Read morePublished 10 days ago by rusty
So, you are on track to becoming a partner in a large law firm and set to become rich and then a life altering event .......Published 18 days ago by sandy g
At times the storyline dragged but then again maybe the reader was to feel the frustration of the characters !Published 25 days ago by michigan
My favorite book ever. Lost or lenty original copy and had to replace it.Published 1 month ago by sharon moorhead
Even though I read this book for relaxation and fun, Grisham's story really points out many of the problems of the homeless, makes you look at them in a different way,and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anonymous
It was good but others have been better. Still worthy of a readPublished 1 month ago by Patricia Cady