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Rogue Lawyer Paperback – 20 Oct 2015
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About the Author
John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. One day, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve‐year‐old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl's father had murdered her assailants. Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987.His next novel, The Firm, spent 47 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and became the bestselling novel of 1991. Since then, he has written one novel a year, including The Client, The Pelican Brief, The Rainmaker and The Runaway Jury. Today, Grisham has written a collection of stories, a work of non‐fiction, three sports novels, five kids' books, and many legal thrillers. His work has been translated into 42 languages. He lives near Charlottesville, Virginia.
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Meet Sebastian Rudd, a rouge lawyer. He practices from a mobile office, a customized Ford cargo van, with bullet proof glass. Need I say more?! The novel begins with a one of Sebastian’s cases. In this case, the system has pronounced the accused as guilty; even before the trial. A herculean task for defense lawyer Rudd, as everybody is hell bent to make the guilt stick regardless of the truth and facts. Moreover, the people of Milo have profuse hatred towards both the accused as well as his lawyer. Imagine the situation where the trail lawyer is escorted to the court with police protection. Such are the cases handled by Rudd.
Rudd amazes the readers with his cases. He is one lawyer who doesn’t care whether his clients are guilty or not. He does his best under the given circumstances. The first half of the novel is a breeze. Rudd works the system to get a fair share of success. He calls a spade a spade. I had a lot of laugh out loud moments. Everything is hunky dory until Rudd meets Arch Swanger. The story changes gear and suddenly becomes serious. Though we see bits and pieces of humor in the second half, there is a cloud of seriousness hovering above the story. The novel ends with an unexpected ending.
After The Litigators, all the three succeeding books, The Racketeer, Sycamore Row and Gray Mountain, had pretty serious stories. The humor, sarcasm, and the witty dialogues, are back with a full swing in this novel. John is in his elements! Rogue Lawyer is a must have book for John Grisham’s fans. Buy it, read it, enjoy it!
The first novel I read from the author was The Firm. Since then I have been a big fan of his works. This book is quite thrilling but certainly not up to the mark. As the author has already set high standards, it comes as a tad disappointment to me. It's about a defense lawyer and the cases/clients he deals with.
Sebastian Rudd, a criminal lawyer, works from his mobile office in a customised van, because of the threats he faces. The story opens with one of his cases. How he defends his client in the courtroom and the ways he use to solve the crime showcase what kind of person he is. Rudd is cool and tough when he argues in the court. A perfect introduction for a rogue lawyer.
Partner, his bodyguard, also does the inside works for his cases. Rudd has a son, Starcher who lives with his mother Judith and her girlfriend. There are few good moments between the father and the son. I also enjoyed the confrontation between Judith and Rudd even though she is bit irritable.
The book has a series of cases for the lawyer to handle. There are some interesting court scenes and dialogues. Having different cases and so different clients, the book portrays varied characters. The storyline was well scripted. However different cases they are, I liked how the author connected them all at one point. But still, I felt the climax was abrupt and with open ending, as if there's a sequel.
Not all the characters made an impact but then they were good enough to build the story. Everything goes well for Rudd until he meets Arch Swanger. I enjoyed this chapter over others. I think Arch is the right villain for a tough nut hero. The story took its pace and ended well.
Needless to say about Grisham's narration. The smooth writing made my read enjoyable. Rogue Lawyer has its share of action, thrill, twists and turns, romance, drama, tragedy and humour. The story is after all gripping and has all the element for a good thriller. But from John Grisham, this is sure not his best. I'd say, awesome writing but a not a very good book.
Firstly this novel was like reading short stories. When one story ends, the thrill in it was short lived. At one point I felt like watching a television series. So it gave me more than one break before continuing further.
Rogue Lawyer might disappoint you if you're a John Grisham fan. But it does have every element to entertain the readers and make it a thrilling read. To me, it's an okay read.
Altogether, it's a racy thriller with right dose of entertainment. Serves well for a lazy afternoon read.
I loved the father son relationship shown and Sebastian, the rogue lawyer’s, confrontation with his wife. Sure the guy is abrasive and foul mouthed, but he is honest in his own way.
A word of caution though- the book has some dark themes- it is an adult read and I don’t think children shld go for it.
Apart from that, enjoy the show.
As it moves forward it goes deeper and grips the reader. Still a John Grisham book and matches his standards and would recommend if you are done with the best books like the firm or the rainmaker or pelican breif.
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