Thriller is my favourite genre and John Grisham is one of my favourite authors. Other than the genre and the author, the title is catchy and that’s one of the reasons I picked this book. Also this is the first book I read in my new Kindle Paperwhite. And it was much comfortable reading in it.
Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham - A fast paced, gripping story of an unconventional street lawyer.
The first novel I read from the author was The Firm. Since then I have been a big fan of his works. This book is quite thrilling but certainly not up to the mark. As the author has already set high standards, it comes as a tad disappointment to me. It’s about a defense lawyer and the cases/clients he deals with.
Sebastian Rudd, a criminal lawyer, works from his mobile office in a customised van, because of the threats he faces. The story opens with one of his cases. How he defends his client in the courtroom and the ways he use to solve the crime showcase what kind of person he is. Rudd is cool and tough when he argues in the court. A perfect introduction for a rogue lawyer.
Partner, his bodyguard, also does the inside works for his case. Rudd has a son, Starcher who lives with his mother Judith and her girlfriend. There are few good moments between the father and the son. I also enjoyed the confrontation between Judith and Rudd even though she is bit irritable.
The book has a series of cases for the lawyer to handle. There are some interesting court scenes and dialogues. Having different cases and so different clients, the book portrays varied characters. The storyline was well scripted. However different cases they are, I liked how the author connected them all at one point. But still, I felt the climax was abrupt and with open ending, as if there’s a sequel.
Not all the characters made an impact but then they were good enough to build the story. Everything goes well for Rudd until he meets Arch Swanger. I enjoyed this chapter over others. I think Arch is the right villain for a tough nut hero. The story took its pace and ended well.
Needless to say about Grisham’s narration. The smooth writing made my read enjoyable. Rogue Lawyer has its share of action, thrill, twists and turns, romance, drama, tragedy and humour. The story is after all gripping and has all the element for a good thriller. But from John Grisham, this is sure not his best. I’d say, awesome writing but a not a very good book.
Firstly this novel was like reading short stories. When one story ends, the thrill in it was short lived. At one point I felt like watching a television series. So it gave me more than one break before continuing further.
Rogue Lawyer might disappoint you if you're a John Grisham fan. But it does have every element to entertain the readers and make it a thrilling read. To me, it's an okay read.
Altogether, it's a racy thriller with right dose of entertainment. Serves well for a lazy afternoon read.