Rogue Lawyer

Rogue Lawyer

by John Grisham

Overview: On the right side of the law—sort of—Sebastian Rudd is not your typical street lawyer. His office is a customized bulletproof van, complete with Wi-Fi, a bar, a small fridge, and fine leather chairs. He has no firm, no partners, and only one employee: his heavily armed driver, who also so happens to be his bodyguard, law clerk, confidant, and golf caddie. Sebastian drinks small-batch bourbon and carries a gun. He defends people other lawyers won’t go near: a drug-addled, tattooed kid rumored to be in a satanic cult; a vicious crime lord on death row; a homeowner arrested for shooting at a SWAT team that mistakenly invaded his house. Why these clients? Because Sebastian believes everyone is entitled to a fair trial—even if he has to bend the law to secure one.

Debbie Weiss (12/25/17): Everyone knows that John Grisham always writes about lawyers, each book with a slightly different angle of the legal profession. This book describes Sebastian Rudd who always defends marginal characters, the kind of people most lawyers want no part of. There are a handful of court cases addressed here and we meet all the defendants, most of whom are not very likable individuals, to put it mildly. In addition to seeing Sebastian as an attorney, we learn about his ex-wife, his son and his current romantic interest. While the book was an easy read, it doesn't grab the audience like many of Grisham's books do. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't a spectacular read.
Rating: ***

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