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Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham

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New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Book Review Grisham

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Book Review GrishamAs many of you probably have, I’ve read numerous John Grisham novels over the years, always safe in the knowledge that I was almost ‘guaranteed’ a good read.  The best seller, Rogue Lawyer is no different, though the main character, Sebastian Rudd and the disjointed construct of the first third of the book took me a while to warm to.

Rudd is not typical lawyer material in any sense of the word.  His character translates as rough, unrefined, unpolished and definitely a far cry from the slick, courtroom efficienados usually portrayed in legal novels.  For me, Rudd is the point of difference in this book.  I’m not sure if I like him, but as a reader you can’t help but admire the way he handles his shit.

It’s a convoluted plot.  Initially there were so many separate scenarios that I thought Rogue Lawyer was simply a series of short accounts of Rudd’s cases and very colourful clientele.  This is not the case but sets the scene for a twisted tale of kidnapping and corruption, intertwined with Rudd’s own failings and conflicts as an estranged parent.

The crimes and criminals painted by Grisham in Rogue Lawyer are dirty, thug-level evil.  This is a novel far removed from corporate, white-collar, hands-clean crime.  It’s not pretty and I think that’s what caught me by surprise.  To be honest I’m not sure I would go back for another date with Sebastian Rudd, the writing is fundamentally Grisham, but the voice was so different in this novel that I was stretched a little.

Action?  Yes.  

Lawyering level 6/10 – the drama in this book is mostly played out outside the realms of the courtroom.

Evil villains?  So many I lost track.

Die-hard Grisham fans will be happy, Rogue Lawyer is a great read, a novel I looked forward to picking up each evening but not my favourite offering from the undisputed master of legal thrillers.