Review Tuesday: Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham

I find that with John Grisham it’s hit or miss from me. I really enjoyed The Pelican Brief, (both book and movie), and The Client (though it was way too long), and I didn’t really like The Racketeer. I found that the Rogue Lawyer fell into the latter category for me.

rogue-lawyerFrom Goodreads:

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, 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.

This book had an interesting format because it wasn’t a singular plot line. The book is broken down by case. Each part is a case so it almost reads as a short story collection, with the same main character linking all of the different little stories together. I did find that interesting because it was something new and different. It kept the book moving at a good pace and it wasn’t really possible to get bogged down anywhere.

However, the downside of this format though is that there aren’t a lot of characters for you, the reader, to get invested in. No one lasts for the entirety of the book that you know well other than Sebastian, and unfortunately Sebastian, for me, wasn’t really likable – and the book rests solely on that aspect.

Overall for me, this was an okay book. It isn’t something that I would recommend as an amazing book, and it isn’t something that I would ever read again. It was fine.


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