Really enjoyed this character. Hope to see more of him in the future. A subtle message here for many of us!
Realistic? Uh, no. This one was so entirely slanted, I could barely endure finishing it (just a personal weakness: I finish the ones I don't care for, because I hope for a bit of redemption).
Whenever anyone who worked for a living appeared on the scene, they virtually grew horns and became the spawn of Satan.
Example: The protagonist is walking down the street and sees a shocking headline on a newspaper. He grabs the top paper and it falls apart, scattering on the street. The newsstand attendant sternly asks, "Are you going to PAY for that?" Okay, the written word doesn't do it justice; you gotta hear this part.
A huge double standard arises with law enforcement. In one chapter, Grisham (inaccurately) portrays the brute cops as Nazis sweeping the streets of defenseless, innocent homeless. In another chapter, he slams police for failing to enforce laws against homeless sleeping in areas where they might be harmed by the elements.
Grisham's gotten lazy. He needs to do a bit of research...well-rounded research. Yes, spend some time in a homeless shelter, but spend some time in a black and white, too. Find out the whole story. I've been around the judicial system for decades, Pal, and I've seen a whole lot more charitable giving from the law enforcers than I have from defense lawyers.
I really enjoyed the story. It was predictable and not my favorite for plot, but the characters were well writen. I enjoyed the intrigue but it was not his best work.
Although it has the same flavor as some of Grisham's other law firm books (young, crusading attorney fights city hall), the story was unique because of the realistic details related to DC's homeless environment. When I lived in the DC area for 2 years, i had done volunteer work at one of the downtown DC shelters that the author described so accurately. I recall being both saddened and scared to death about having to go down there with my friend so we could teach computer skills to the homeless folks there. The problem in DC is overwhelming and this story really hits home. However, as doubtful as I am that there are actually attorney's out there that would give up millions to become a public interest lawyer, I do know there are those of us that are just 'born' to serve the public. Maybe some rich, prosperous, legal beagle will pick up this read in the airport and actually have a conscious crisis and start doing volunteer work at the minimum. A volunteer's time is worth more than any cash donation. Great story.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This was the first John Grisham book i've ever read/listened to. I was impressed by the extensive research as to how street lawyers operated and the social crisis of homelessness. I will definitely relisten to this audio book again and again to remind myself of this social problem.
the authors work is always predictable but usually a good vacation read. This one didn't even reach that level - it served the purpose of a listen but never went much further.
There are too many good books out there to waste time, money or credits on this one. Want a better option - try "A Class Action"
Very disappointed in the book. Basically a lecture on homeless people and how society is not doing enough for them. Not what I was expecting. Would guess that Greshem may be feeling guilty about all the wealth he has accumulated and though he should do his bit for humanity. Would rather he write a decent book, I will buy the book, he can donate the proceeds to help the homeless. No answers or ideas on what it takes to solve the problem other then to throw money at it. I gave it two stars just because of his great ability of creating colorful and interesting personalities.