Rogue Lawyer 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 h

  • Title: Rogue Lawyer
  • Author: John Grisham
  • ISBN: 9780804194792
  • Page: 253
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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, conOn 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 rud 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.

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    1. John Grisham says:

      Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60 70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby writing his first novel.Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player Realizing he didn t have the right stuff for a pro career, he shifted gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade in Southaven, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation In 1983, he was elected to the state House of Representatives and served until 1990.One day at the DeSoto County courthouse, 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 Initially rejected by many publishers, it was eventually bought by Wynwood Press, who gave it a modest 5,000 copy printing and published it in June 1988.That might have put an end to Grisham s hobby However, he had already begun his next book, and it would quickly turn that hobby into a new full time career and spark one of publishing s greatest success stories The day after Grisham completed A Time to Kill, he began work on another novel, the story of a hotshot young attorney lured to an apparently perfect law firm that was not what it appeared When he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures for 600,000, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers, and book rights were bought by Doubleday Spending 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991.The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham s reputation as the master of the legal thriller Grisham s success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was republished in hardcover by Doubleday and then in paperback by Dell This time around, it was a bestseller.Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, and The Broker and all of them have become international bestsellers There are currently over 225 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 29 languages Nine of his novels have been turned into films The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, The Runaway Jury, and Skipping Christmas , as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man The Innocent Man October 2006 marks his first foray into non fiction.Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.Grisham took time off from writing for several months in 1996 to return, after a five year hiatus, to the courtroom He was honoring a commitment made before he had retired from the law to become a full time writer representing the family of a railroad brakeman killed when he was pinned between two cars Preparing his case with the same passion and dedication as his books protagonists, Grisham successfully argued his clients case, earning them a jur



    2 thoughts on “Rogue Lawyer

    1. As I scanned through the GoodRead readers' reviews, I noticed that the 4 and 5* ratings were from those readers who confessed that they'd never read a John Grisham novel before. I've read all of his books - ALL. This has got to be the worst. While reading this, I had the feeling that his agent was pressuring him to write another novel and he just didn't have a story in mind. I'm assuming that his agent then said, "Well, what about something like the Lincoln Lawyer? Just put a Grisham spin on th [...]

    2. I've always been a fan of John Grisham's legal thrillers, but I was a bit disappointed in the last one that I read, Gray Mountain, which I thought was a bit preachy with characters that weren't all that interesting. This book is, to my mind at least, a lot more fun, and I devoured it in a couple of sessions.The protagonist is a lawyer named Sebastian Rudd who works out of a bulletproof van after his last "real" office was firebombed. He has one employee, a bodyguard and general assistant, who dr [...]

    3. The book tells Sebastian's story of representing various clients. Some of these clients include: Gardy, an innocent man being wrongfully convicted for murder; Link, a mob leader who killed a judge and is facing death row; Tadeo, a cage fighter who gets into trouble while fighting in the ring. Woven through most of these cases are corrupt law enforcement officials which Sebastian has to sometimes fight dirty to get the fair result. I went through waves of enjoyment with this book. At first I foun [...]

    4. It's been a while since I've read any of John Grisham's books, and this one was really disappointing. I felt like he was trying to capitalize on his past "small town law enforcement corruption" themes, with a dash of Scott Turow but unfortunately he grabbed Michael Connelly instead and poured a big heaping jarful into the pot poor Mickey Haller the Lincoln Lawyer is just floating in the soup. Very disappointing. I mean, I really like Mickey Haller, but Sebastian Rudd is a poor substitute (some m [...]

    5. If you want to write a book of short stories, call it a book of short stories. Don't call it a novel. No plot, no novel.

    6. This is a story of Lawyer Sebastian Rudd who represents people that no one else will touch such as drug dealers and murderers. The novel follows his life and the cases he is working on and although each case is interesting and well written it fails to capture the imagination and fully hold the reader.The book is almost a series of short stories that are loosely connected and as soon as each case had captured my attention it was over and moved on. I found this more than a little disappointing and [...]

    7. Rogue Lawyer is the 26th stand-alone novel by popular American author, John Grisham. Sebastian Rudd is a rogue lawyer. He defends criminals no-one else will touch; he is unpopular with criminals and with the police, so unpopular that his last office was fire-bombed; he is not above cheating, especially when he believes the other side is doing it; he says he fights bad systems and hates injustice. After finishing parts one and two, the reader could be forgiven for thinking that the book is going [...]

    8. This is not a novel. At best, it is a book of short stories featuring the same protagonist. Attorney Sebastian Rudd is a thinly-developed knockoff of Micky Haller, Michael Connelly's Lincoln Lawyer. One major difference is that Sebastian Rudd is a truly sleazy lawyer, while Haller has some self-respect. Parts of the plots are not credible, and this can be seen in the first of the short stories, which is much more an angry screed against police and prosecutors than it is a story. Especially odiou [...]

    9. It felt more of a chore to read than a pleasure. At times there were enjoyable parts that left you wanting more, but those feelings where short lived as I finished the book grudgingly. I also noticed that It was pretty repetative, as if the author was trying to recount parts of the story so that he could remember what he was writing about.All in all, It was ok. It felt like a knock off of The Lincoln Lawyer.

    10. I really enjoyed this book. Sebastian Rudd is the type of lawyer who skates close to breaking the law. He defends the lowlifes that most people won't defend, which puts him and his son in danger. Is he crazy to be defending these lowlifes? I found Rudd a refreshing character. He didn't really care what people thought and he worked hard when he knew his client was innocent and getting a raw deal. He also doesn't like corruption within the police department and will go after them even if it is dan [...]

    11. I was cheering on the protagonist from the side lines :) My View:It has been a very, very long time since I have read a John Grisham adult novel, in fact it has been so long I have lost all memories of the individual book (it was, at the least, read thirty year ago so perhaps I can be forgiven for not remembering the details but having a lingering impression that this author can write!) and that memory is not ill-conceived! I don’t know why it has been so long between drinks? This book was ent [...]

    12. I'm really split down the middle when it comes to this book. I did thoroughly enjoy some parts but then at other parts I wanted to rip my eyes out because I found it SO boring and stretched out. The parts that I did enjoy really were excellent though! They had my full attention and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. But then one of the boring stretches would hit and I'd quickly lose interest. It also didn't help that I related in no way to the main character, in fact I kind of disliked him. [...]

    13. My review is not so much about the book as it is about some laws in US that this book got me thinking about.Aside from the first 30%, I enjoyed the book tremendously. The first third of the story was quite confusing. You get to read about different cases MC worked on and his unorthodox ways of defending his clients. It was fun to read, but one case had nothing to do with the other. At first, I thought it all was going somewhere and that, at some point, it will get connected. But it never did. La [...]

    14. Three and a half stars. I think this is probably my second ever Grisham novel. Divorced and with only minimal contact with his young son, Sebastian Rudd, the rogue lawyer is brash and cynical and attracts attention from clients others would not touch. He believes every criminal deserves to be represented and ends up with some dodgy, to say the least, clients. Yet in a way, Sebastian is strangely likeable despite his appalling parenting, which had me shaking my head in disbelief. When I first sta [...]

    15. This was my first time reading John Grisham, and what a treat! It’s said that Grisham is America’s favorite storyteller, and now I know why. John Grisham mixes the exciting pace of a thriller with fascinating legal elements, and the results are brilliant. Rogue Lawyer’s protagonist, Sebastian Rudd, is an absolute whirlwind—smart, gritty, tough—and an easy character to root for. Getting swept up in John Grisham’s latest masterpiece is unavoidable…and immensely entertaining!- Sarah E [...]

    16. Who doesn’t love a rogue? John Grisham has developed an interesting, more complex than meets the eye, character in one Sebastian Rudd. If crime is fun, this is it. Let’s leave it at that. I thoroughly enjoyed my time listening to Rogue Lawyer, expertly executed by narrator by Mark Deakens.

    17. I haven't read a Grisham in years. Was pleasantly surprised by this new one. I admit, I felt like all his books followed a formula and I got a little bored. Not so with this book.At first, I was a little confused by the plot. It seemed to be separate stories about our Rogue Lawyeren all of a sudden! BAM!!! Linked!!! I was sucked in.Hopefully this Rogue Lawyer is not a one off and we get to hear more of his exploits soon.

    18. I love to love books by John Grisham - in large part, I'm sure, because I'm a huge fan of legal thrillers - and almost without exception, that's certainly been the case. And happily, it's true here as well. I will say that for most of the first half I concluded this is meant to be a book of short stories or vignettes that take place in the life of street lawyer Sebastian Rudd. But while each "story" might be able to stand on its own, bits and pieces of each are connected to create (aha!) a whole [...]

    19. Never in my life have I wanted so much and tried so hard to like an author. John Grisham is one of the top selling most successful authors out there. For the life of me, I have no idea why. For those of us who are avid Beatles’ fans we all know that the second side of Abbey Road was basically a bunch of partial songs that Lennon and McCartney had toyed around with. Incomplete songs. Snippets. Record producer George Martin decided to put them all together in a medley. It became known as ‘Abbe [...]

    20. As always John Grisham keeps his readers entertained from start to finish. This book reminds me of Mickey Hallor, the Lincoln Lawyer from Michael Connelly. Same premise and equally as good.

    21. In another masterful legal novel, Grisham takes readers down yet another rabbit hole of the profession. Sebastian Rudd is a lawyer like few others who have graced the pages of a Grisham novel. Working solely by word of mouth, Rudd believes that everyone, no matter their history, personality, or mindset, deserves a lawyer and their day in court. Grisham chooses to take the reader along a few paths, depicting some of the clients Rudd has during a snapshot in his legal career, sometimes delving int [...]

    22. As a long, long time fan of John Grisham and his stellar writing style, I was torn as to how to rate this one. I liked it, but did I "really" like it? I was putting my money on a resurrection after the lacklustre book, Gray Mountain, which disappointed throngs of us die-hards. Why go down the already troddened path of the Lincoln Lawyer? I felt, to some extent, that I was peeling away skinny volumes of short stories that were conjoined at the hip to make a novel. Just when one case was delved in [...]

    23. Definitely not your average crime thriller, and the main character is amazingly well-written. This book has a great urban setting and a very suspenseful plot.

    24. This is a very different book than some of the others he's written lately. I've almost always been a fan of John Grisham's courtroom dramas, however one of his recent ones, Gray Mountain (which I've commented on) was a bit of a disappointment to me. This book is somewhat better. The main character is a lawyer named Sebastian Rudd who works out of a bulletproof van after his real office was firebombed. He has one employee called "Partner", a bodyguard and general assistant, who drives him to appo [...]

    25. I thought I was done with John Grisham after the disastrous debacle that was “Sycamore Row”, but Rogue Lawyer was like a breath of fresh air. It was a typical Grisham novel; gritty, witty and difficult to put down.Sebastian Rudd is not your typical lawyer; he works from a black mini-van equipped with everything from a mini fridge to wifi. He carries a gun and is always accompanied by a bodyguard. He believes everyone is entitled to a defense and his clients are not always clean and innocent. [...]

    26. As I have only read four novels of John Grisham prior to this, I have a very shallow pool of comparisons to lead with. IMHO nothing Grisham writes will ever come close to how I felt when reading "A Time to Kill."' Although there was some great suspense in the middle of the book, I never felt that I was ever immersed in the story. It's probably the type of book I should have stopped reading.

    27. This book was a series of vignettes about a lawyer who takes cases of rather despicable criminal defendants. It engaged me and had some funny moments about attorneys fees.

    28. John Grishamreturns followingGray Mountain, landing on myTop 30 Books of 2014, with another new hero. A new character, and legal crime thriller series featuring a street defense lawyer named Sebastian Rudd- ROGUE LAWYER . A lone gunman, cynical, he fights the system, a nonconformist, bad-ass, attitude, a fearless lawyer . . taking cases no one else would touch; Unconventional ---giving Michael Connelly’sdefense attorney, Mickey Haller a little competition. Of course, we have room for another c [...]

    29. I've been a John Grisham fan from his first book. Now, I must admit - I haven't loved every one (last year's Gray Mountain was a miss for me.) But I really enjoyed his newest book - Rogue Lawyer.My favourite characters are the non-conformists, those who colour outside of the lines. You just never know where such a character will take a story. Lawyer Sebastian Rudd definitely walks a questionable line. His clients are usually the ones no one else will take on, his office is a bulletproof van, his [...]

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