Title: Rogue Lawyer Author: John Grisham Published: October 20th 2015 by Doubleday Format: Hardcover, 344 pages Genre: Legal Thriller
This one did not work for me. I could not connect with Sebastian Rudd even though he was technically on the right side of the law; he still came across to me as a bit smarmy. Sebastian does not fit the typical attorney profile, there is no big office with shiny furniture and clients with the proper pedigrees – he represents the kind of people that forces him to work out of a customized bulletproof van with a driver that is also his bodyguard and paralegal.
The beginning of the book throws a couple of clients at the reader and you are not sure if these are characters that will stay or just a slight glimpse of what is to come. By the end, you will see that each case Sebastian takes is only a small vignette of his life. The cases and the people that make his life a bit unstable and the reason why his ex-wife is constantly dragging him back to court over custody of their son.
Rudd does not have to take the cases that he does, he is very talented but there is an adrenaline rush that he gets from taking on the dirtier sides of life. Much like the MMA fighters that he sponsors, the courtroom is his cage and this is where the adrenaline flows and he is able to prove his worth.
This is not Grisham’s best novel. There are better but still the reader makes it to the end. Take it for what it is – a legal thriller that only Grisham can tell.