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Rogue Lawyer: A Novel Hardcover – October 20, 2015
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--Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post
"Sebastian Rudd is a kind of social justice warrior and Grisham uses him to take jabs at the legal system…all with a blunt, rude, gravelly poetic wise guy voice that makes Rudd come across as a kind of 21st-century Philip Marlowe."
--Benjamin Percy, The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
- Publisher : Doubleday; First Edition (October 20, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 344 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0385539436
- ISBN-13 : 978-0385539432
- Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.54 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #138,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Well, folks, let me tell ya’, “Rogue Lawyer” is NOTHING like Connelly…it is amazingly independent while being uniquely singular, displaying Grisham at his very best. Again, I was just surprisingly redeemed by this character structure and decidedly encouraged that it invoked a completely different dynamic than the Connelly model.
Sebastian Rudd, our protagonist, is a divorced criminal defendant operating out of a Ford cargo van, loaded down with all the necessities required for his practice. He and his ex-wife Judith, herself a lawyer, she of the woman’s rights, bee-atch, hard lesbian lifestyle variety, have a son whom Judith is working exceedingly hard at diminishing his visitation rights to. Sebatian’s driver, confidant and only friend is Partner, a large black man who lives with his elderly mother and is a man who’d earlier been acquitted of violent crimes by Rudd and who now serves as his researcher/paralegal.
The storyline entails Rudd’s involvement in a number of, seemingly, “un-winnable” cases and the actions he then takes to better his client’s chances…all of the storylines are loosely and inextricably linked and tie together with Rudd’s personal life. The overwhelming selling point with this work is Grisham’s ability to put the reader inside Rudd’s mind as he differentiates and rationalizes all of his moves…when analyzed from few steps back, this is really an amazingly intrusive and objective look at a subject of the court who’s rejected virtually all ceremony and gotten down to the bone of the reality of trying cases, a remarkably refreshing perspective and one that I believe Grisham was seeking when he set out on this work.
So if you’re passionate about non-conforming legal representation and/or the types of lawyers who represent the “dregs” of society, outside of the legally appointed, and enjoy great legal/intrigue writing, “Rogue Lawyer” is definitely for you. Sebastian Rudd is a supremely cool character and I, for one, hope that John Grisham brings him back in a subsequent work.
He defends people other lawyers won’t go near: a drug-addled, tattooed kid rumored to be in a satanic cult; a vicious crime lord on death row; a homeowner arrested for shooting at a SWAT team. Why these clients? Because Sebastian believes everyone is entitled to a fair trial—even if he has to bend the law to secure one.
I hope very much that Sebastian Rudd drives back into town (one day soon) and continues his dangerous but valiant work defending the indefensible!
This book is about Sebastian Rudd, a defense attorney who represents unpopular clients and has no issues pushing the bounds of ethics to defend his clients.
The book is written in the first person as Sebastian Rudd narrates to us his thought process on his varies clients he represents and his dealings with prosecutors and law enforcement. This gives us a better understanding on why he does things and how he justifies them, as he goes all out for each of his various clients. We also get a good look at his personal life and the issues he has going on.
I really enjoyed this book. Book moves at a quick pace right from the beginning. I especially liked the first person point of view. Which I think gives us a better understanding of the character Sebastian Rudd. I'm hoping Sebastian Rudd becomes a series, as I would like to see more of this character. I found him to be a fascinating character.
I definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy mystery/thriller books. John Grisham fans will not be disappointed.
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Rogue because he is a Street lawyer, a bit like an ambulance chaser but only for the really big cases, draws attention to to the corrupt practices and works from a bullet proof van, he has no office.
Lonely and disillusioned you wonder where Sebastian's life is headed.
Definitely worth a go.
Not so simple...
Sebastian Rudd defends accused people. Those who are clearly guilty as hell. And those who are innocent but are being railroaded onto death row. It isn't a healthy way to make a living.
Set in an unspecified US city where high level corruption makes him persona no grata - the cops cheat, the mayor cheats, but Rudd cheats better than any of them. He wins more than he loses. But that doesn't mean anything.
What can I say about John Grisham? One of the most successful authors in the world. There are dozens of books, and not many of them starring the same character twice.
I thought at first that it was a book of short stories, but gradually the episodes link up so you can compare and contrast. There's a resemblance to Michael Connelly's character Mickey Haller - both are defense attorneys, both take on defendants who are (shall we say) less than sympathetic characters. But Rudd is in an altogether darker key.
Highly recommended ... and I hope there are many more books featuring this character!
Rogue Lawyer is a series of stories which centre around Sebastian Rudd the Rogue Lawyer in the title. The format is different to the authors previous books but this doesn't distract from the fact that the stories are all well structured have beginnings middles and ends, were not rushed and were a pleasure to read. The central character Mr Rudd may not be the type of chap you'd want your daughter to marry but if you've just been arrested, he should be the first person you call. I hope for your sake he'll take your case!