I reflexively avoid the MOST popular authors assuming they are milk toast.
I’m only now finding out that Grisham is excellent!
The only one of his books I’d read in the past was The Racketeer. And I found it only OK.
But Rogue Lawyer (2015) is a fantastic book. Almost perfect, I thought.
It is a legal thriller about unconventional street lawyer Sebastian Rudd. …
His office is a black customized bulletproof van, complete with Wi-Fi, a bar, a small fridge, and fine leather chairs. He has no firm, no partners, and only one employee: his heavily armed driver, who used to be his client …
It sounds a bit like The Lincoln Lawyer (2005). Indeed, Grisham mentions Lincoln Lawyer author Michael Connelly in his book. It’s a bit of a hat tip for the idea, I assume.
But Rudd is no Matthew McConaughey. Rudd is a low life individual constantly messing up and running from the bad guys. He represents the worst criminals in town.
Rudd is more complex and interesting than the Lincoln Lawyer. He’s brilliant … but always pushing the edge.
The ending was superb, I thought. That’s rare for any book.