On the right side of the law. Sort of.
Sebastian Rudd is not your typical street lawyer. He works out of a customized bulletproof van, complete with Wi-Fi, a bar, a small fridge, fine leather chairs, a hidden gun compartment, and a heavily armed driver. He has no firm, no partners, no associates, and only one employee: his driver, who's also his bodyguard, law clerk, confidant, and golf caddy. He lives alone in a small but extremely safe penthouse apartment, and his primary piece of furniture is a vintage pool table. He drinks small-batch bourbon and carries a gun.
Sebastian defends people other lawyers won't go near: a drug-addled, tattooed kid rumored to be in a satanic cult, who is accused of molesting and murdering two little girls; 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 he believes everyone is entitled to a fair trial, even if he, Sebastian, has to cheat to secure one. He hates injustice and doesn't like insurance companies, banks, or big corporations; he distrusts all levels of government and laughs at the justice system's notions of ethical behavior.
Sebastian Rudd is one of John Grisham's most colorful, outrageous, and vividly drawn characters yet. Gritty, witty, and impossible to put down, Rogue Lawyer showcases the master of the legal thriller at his very best.
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Ugh. A far cry from his best work.
A better story. Since there was not one single story but several different ones it felt like there was no flow. It read as if there was no plot or point. There was really only 1 good short story and the rest just was uninteresting. The main character wasn't even that great. It felt as if Grisham wrote it just to write something, didn't really even feel like one of his works.
Narrator was ok. Sometimes a narrator can't make a bad story good though.
Go back and re-read his great works from the beginning of his career. This book feels like a sell out (Gray Mountain wasn't much better either).
This is one of the least favorites of Grisham's work. A sorta kinda take off on Lincoln Lawyer but nowhere nearly as good as the least enjoyable of that series. The story begins ok but descends into a choppy mess. I will recommend that my friends do not waste their time.
The lack of continuity.
Disappointment, is the word I choose because I had waited on this novel since it became available on the pre-order list. It was not up to my expectations at all. Boo!
- Margaret N. Chase