15 May 2021

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Book Review / Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham

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, 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.


Published:     20th October 2015
Publisher:  Doubleday
Goodreads :  Click here
Series or Stand-Alone:  Book 1, Rogue Lawyer
Source:  Owned




This book was so much fun!   You have this over the top lawyer, Sebastian Rudd, who seems to run 'rogue' (excuse the pun) with no partners to keep him in check, no associates but only one employee which is his driver, bodyguard and many other things. 

What I loved about this was that you follow this lawyer who is completely reckless, diving into the most dangerous situations and not really seeming to be all that worried about it and follow him as he navigates his way in and out of these situations.   I also loved the fact that this story contained so many different cases that Sebastian gets himself into and not any particular one.  For me, the best part of this novel was the character of Sebastian and watching his character develop as we see him in different scenarios.  

I am very intrigued to know more about the dynamic between Sebastian and his bodyguard/driver/many other things and I am guessing I will get some more answers with the short story/novella, Partners, which I plan to pick up next. 

Would highly recommend but don't go into this expecting one massive case from start to finish.  Its more about the characters than the plot, well it was for me.