Author: John Grisham
Link: Rogue Lawyer
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.
Grisham’s new novel was a surprise for me. What I thought was a one big story turned out to be short stories of Sebastian Rudd. It is a collection of cases, where Rudd takes on clients no one else is willing to. The stories are fast paced and as they are short, Grisham made them entertaining as hell.
Like his other novels, the Rogue Lawyer is also a pure legal thriller. The well researched court room antics keeps one thoroughly entertained. Grisham did try to build a bit of family drama around Sebastian Rudd. Rudd’s relationship with his son and his estranged ex wife was explored but I felt it was left hanging at the end. The only thing that I find disappointing was the ending. The stories were good, but there were way too many loose ends, which made the ending a bit abstract. I could only hope this built up was for a sequel.
The rogue lawyer is a very easy breezy read. Some chapters are as small as a single page and almost all the stories have a predictable ending. It is something you can pick when you are in mood for an entertaining light legal thriller.