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Rogue Lawyer: A Novel

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Written By: John Grisham

Narrated By: Mark Deakins

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: October 2015

Duration: 11 hours 19 minutes


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.


  • Richard Miller

    A light breezy tread Uncomplicated. Not sure that Sebastian Rudd is one of John Grisham's best characters This book felt like on opening novel of a series. Just enough info and drama for you to consider a second book to read. Fingers crossed the second one is more complex and compeling.

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  • Don Pfennig

    I give the story 5 stars and the reader 5 stars. I give Grisham 2 stars for his complaining about the nation's "out-of-control" police forces. I could have tuned into the Big 3 network news to hear that bias. Leave that alone and let me read good fiction. I do not watch network TV because of its bias so I would have preferred Grisham not mess up my pleasure of reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Enjoy the book it's not one of his best.

  • Mark Sampson

    Good read. As a criminal defense attorney it realistic in some aspects and preposterous on others.

  • Mark Sunshine

    It was an above average book. Not one of his best, but not one of his worse either.

  • Darrell Snedecor

    I liked the pace of the story. Grisham does a good job of making me "turn the page" if you know what I mean.

  • Alvirena Beasley

    Good but not great it did not keep me involved in the changing plots.

  • Sherrie Holder

    Loved listening to this book!! Audiobooks is going to be a favorite in our family!!

  • Wesley Cory

    Very good book. Once again John Grisham portrays a character that you can actually believe is an actual person, flaws and all.

  • Sally More

    I think some of the reviewers missed the point -- the main character Rudd was supposed to be flawed. You were supposed to view the others through his lense And yes, it seems Grisham does not think much of the police and their methods. This was a fast paced, easy read - not as complex as many Grisham novels but still a page-turner. I liked the format - several stories, woven together across the lives of the main characters. Good combination of crime, suspense and character development/life stories. And the narrator was good -- didn't overact it, and the pace was just right.

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