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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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 was just a collection of short stories with a common character in common. Not really a novel. The only thing I'm grateful for is that he didn't overwrite these storries and make novels out of each of them. The common thread character is not a very likable person to begin with. I Listened till the end just to get it over with.
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!
It was too scattered. This had no real story at all. What the heck happened with Naomi and more importantly, with Judith? Sorry John, this is not what I have come to expect from you.
He was just fine.
Sorry - I will be returning this for credit
After writing some of the best legal thrillers it's hard to believe that John Grisham sat down and wrote this trashy book. There is nothing to like about the story or the characters. In the beginning we learn that the accused murderer is a hardcore low life who deserves to be in prison even if he didn't commit the heinous crime. Attorney Sebastian Rudd, like other Grisham lawyers, is challenging the rotten legal system from page one. Then we switch to cage fighting and betting on fighters that he owns a percentage of. At that point it's time to push the eject button and realize you have been duped by a famous name. Avoid this book.
This story was terrible and the central character Sebastian is as loathsome as most of the people he defends. Very disappointing and not what I've come to expect from a Grisham novel. Closer to supermarket checkout material. Stay away.
no where, except in the reviews, is this book described as a series of (terrible) short stories about the cases of Sebastian Rudd. It wouldn't have as bad if there was a main story line running through the book with the additions of the other smaller/quicker cases. I am about half way through and after reading the more recent reviews considering not finishing. That's not something I do (only done it with one book I can think of). I often contemplate it but hold out and finish in case there are any redeeming qualities-but per the reviews it doesn't seem like thats the case. Too bad. Those of us that are Grisham fans look forward to the new releases, pre-order, download and listen right away. It is so disappointing when your expectations fall so short. Hope Grisham reads the reviews and adjusts for the next one. After all without the fans he will fade away.
John Grisham, what happened? This is a collection of short stories, but it's really more like the same story told over and over and OVER. Cops and politicians are stupid, lawyers are spineless except for the main character, who sees everything clearly and is "awesome". I tried to stick with it, but after the 3rd or 4th time around I got sick of it. Couldn't finish.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
I have been a Grisham fan since 1990. John Grisham was a consistently great author of legal thrillers for more than 20 years. During recent years he has been consistently inconsistent with some great novels and some mediocre ones with a bad one thrown in occasionally. The most recent great novel by Grisham was Sycamore Row which was released two years ago. One gets the feeling that he has lost interest in writing.
Rogue Lawyer is a bad novel; it is not merely mediocre and disappointing coming from one as talented as John Grisham. Unlike many Grisham books Rogue Lawyer does not deal with a single major case. It deals with several cases; the novel is more about the lawyer and his unusual style than about cases. The ending of the novel, the big case and the Rogue Lawyer's reaction, is totally predictable Boring!! I regret wasting 11 hours listening to Rogue Lawyer.
I'm reminded of Michael Connelly's wonderful Mickey Haller series where Haller runs his legal practice from a Cadillac rather than an office. The Rogue Lawyer runs his legal practice from a van rather than an office. Is Grisham looking to non-lawyer Connelly for ideas on writing legal thrillers?
Mark Deakins did as horrible job as possible as a narrator. He reads MUCH to slowly and his voice is simply wrong for the material.
My advice is do not waste your money and your time with Rogue Lawyer. If you must have the book, get the Kindle version rather than listening to the awful narration of the audiobook.
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