Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
(Doubleday, 2015, 344 pages)
Rogue Lawyer is the latest bestselling novel by John Grisham. Rogue Lawyer features tough-as-nails lawyer, Sebastian Rudd, who believes that even the guilty are entitled to a lawyer. Rudd’s office was destroyed so he and his assistant, Partner, work out of Rudd’s high tech van. Rudd lives on the 25th floor of his apartment building because he thinks it is safer than the lower floors. Rudd has reason to fear for his safety. He defends a crime boss, a murderer, and a drug addict among many other clients. Rudd also has to deal with a nasty ex-wife and some members of the police force who don’t like his clients.
In some ways, Rogue Lawyer seems like a collection of short stories. Rudd finishes one case and moves on to the next case. While all the cases are interesting, the only thing that ties them together is Rudd. I enjoyed Rogue Lawyer much more than Grisham’s previous novel, Gray Mountain, but not nearly as much as I enjoyed a slightly earlier novel, Sycamore Row.
Rogue Lawyer is worth reading. At some points, this novel is hard to put down. I still haven’t decided if I like Rudd or not. Maybe Grisham will bring this character back again and I’ll have another chance to decide.