Sebastian Rudd takes the cases no one else wants to take: the drug-addled punk accused of murdering two little girls; a crime lord on death row; a homeowner accused of shooting at a SWAT team. Rudd believes that every person accused of a crime is entitled to a fair trial - even if he has to cheat to get one.
He antagonises people from both sides of the law: his last office was fire-bombed by either drug dealers or cops. He doesn't know or care which. But things are about to get even more complicated for Sebastian.
Carl Swagger is the prime suspect in the abduction and presumed murder of 21-year-old Jillian Kemp, the daughter of the assistant chief of police. When Swagger asks Sebastian to represent him, he lets Sebastian in on a terrible secret...one that will threaten everything Sebastian holds dear.
Gritty, witty, and impossible to put down, Rogue Lawyer is the master of the legal thriller at his very best.
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Its not terrible, the main character and the stories are interesting but it isnt a single gripping novel like his best can be.
"Not for me!"
Usually love JG, but this one wasn't for me.
It's more a series of short stories, rather than one complex & thrilling story, where each story aims to illustrate failings in the justice system. This approach, for me, made for simple tales and shallow characters.... Many of the characters were too inept, innocent or corrupt to be interesting
Ultimately, I think the narrative style of the Rogue Lawyer wasn't for me... But, it won't stop me from pre-ordering JG's next book, as I usually really enjoy his books!!
"The Rogue Lawyer"
Absolutely fantastic story. The story is quick paced and narrated perfectly. Can't wait for the next one.
"In law like in war the first victim is truth"
This book starts with a rant about the law and all the unfairness in the system, in what takes nearly four large chapters, this is delivered by Sebastian Rudd the new creation of John Grisham, he is aservic, amoral, egotistical, self serving and a good defence lawyers of the guilty. This character makes no excuses for himself but is so one sided in his arguments, he is hard to like.
This is not a plot driven book but a series of stories interwoven to create a slice of time with the Rouge Lawyer, now the stories are not bad they come in many flavours and they deliver more than enough enough entertainment to make it a good read. I liked this format of delivering short stories by using one main character as the bonding agent; it felt organic and natural.
A good first outing for a new character, and a new voice for John Grisham’s causes, that are many and varied in the atmosfear of american law and order and the politics that are the constant undercurrent of what feels more and more like a dystopia. Some of the events would be funny if we did not know that they are actually based on truth.
A good read after paying the price of the long rant.
"Did I blink and miss the end?"
I was really enjoying this book after a somewhat pedestrian start. I liked our hero, I loathed his ex and I was suitably frustrated by most of his clients. In short I was really starting to get stuck into it all and then suddenly it was done. Finished. No warning. No closure. Half the storylines left hanging.
I assume there will be a follow on book but a warning up front that this is going to form part of a serial would have been nice. Even so, I would expect a better ending. It's almost like he just got bored of writing and stopped.
"Rogue with good intentions and a soft heart mostly"
Fighting Courtroom Divorce.
Yes. It was good fun and the various plots joined up nicely. The overlay of his family life added well to the complications of the story.
For an American he did very well, but then he is performing Americans.
When the Rogue tried to help those who did not want it. And the end.
"Rubbish collection of stories read in monotone!"
If it wasn't this month's Book Club read I would have stopped after chapter 1. Had to stop regularly for coffee and a stretch to avoid falling asleep. Thought John Grisham was meant to be good!
"Disjointed & unoriginal"
About a guy who doesn't like injustices wrought by supposedly good guy organisations such as the police; so he uses the law to try to rectify injustices; & uses other means too. OK if your tipple is standard American movie type scripts/ stories. Maybe of interest to the opposite of a chick novel genre group of readers. Starts off with short stories. There's repetition in some of the stories of the same facts eg how the lawyer met his wife. We knew that from the 1 at story. About 2/2 way through the short stories develop a theme running through them all. It gets a bit more interesting towards the end - but I had a big sigh when my device read "7 hrs left" to go. A literary scholar this popular writer is not, in that there is no unique prosaic writing. Lack of any deep, meaningful metaphors that bring another nuance of meaning to the pages. Very blokey type story in my view.
I had forgotten what a fantastic writer John Grisham is. The reading made this story so enthralling that I could not stop listening. Started listening yesterday evening and only paused to sleep and eat. I've always read the books but now I can wait to listen to the next one.
"exceptional as always"
John Grisham never fails to deliver. Interesting in that there were a lot of cases to follow. storytelling at its best.
I normally really love John Grisham books I have read all his book to date but didn't enjoy this as much as normal
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