Rogue Lawyer

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.


Reviewed: 2020-07-29
Reviewed: 2015-12-25

Grisham’s latest novel is set up a bit differently from his conventional style. In the beginning, I thought it was going to be told in vignettes, each story largely unrelated to the next. And although the ‘cases’ had little to do with each other, there was a theme that connected them nicely. I actually enjoyed seeing him do something a little different.

There isn’t much I can say about the writing, style, voice, characters, or plot. When I pick up a Grisham book, I expect him to deliver. And in Rogue Lawyer he delivers on cue.

The only thing I wasn’t crazy about was the ending. It wasn’t bad, as some books are, but it wasn’t as neat as I would have liked. There were a few loose threads that weren’t essential to the read, but important enough for me to realize immediately were left hanging. Sebastian and Naomi, Sebasian and Starcher (hated that name, btw). Again, not a dealbreaker, but I would have liked even a paragraph on each.

One thing I couldn’t get out of my head for the entire read (not necessarily a bad thing)… Anyone who has ever watched A Time To Kill or The Lincoln Lawyer might agree… Throughout the entire novel, I heard each passage narrated by the protagonist, Sebastian, in the voice of Matthew McConaughey. Crazy as it sounds, Jake Briggance has left an indelible impression on me! I think it’s because Sebastian Rudd has the same basic personality and attitude. (Who doesn’t like Matthew McConaughey… and aside from Dallas Buyer’s Club, his lawyer roles are my favorite.)


Definitely a book worth reading and I think most Grisham fans will enjoy his new approach.

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