Published: October 20, 2015
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.
It looks like there might be a new lawyer in town. By that I mean that John Grisham may be starting a series of books starring a new lawyer protagonist, by the name of Sebatian Rudd, with Rogue Lawyer being the first installment.
Sebastian Rudd, a criminal defense attorney specializing in an extremely narrow area of the law: clients that are so unpopular that no other attorney will go near them. For example, as the book opens, Rudd is defending an antisocial, drug-addicted teenager accused of brutally murdering two small girls in a small town that has prejudged him as guilty. This does not deter Rudd, who does not care whether or not his client is innocent or guilty, only that he will be paid (or that he will get enough publicity to get hired again). Rudd constantly risks threats and attempts on his life to defend these unpopular clients. He has a bodyguard, always carries a handgun, and his “office” is a bulletproof van. (Reminds me of an upscaled version of the Lincoln Lawyer)
The book has numerous plots concerning guilty clients, except for one who was innocent and framed by the police. Mr. Grisham’s stance in this book is VERY anti-police, so much so, that at times it was just plain irritating.
Rudd, as most people call him has an ex-wife who left him for another woman, a son named Starcher (yup-the ex-wife named him) and no real friends. He enjoys cage fighting, drinking bourbon and playing golf alone and he sometimes wears disguises because disgruntled clients and policeman are always trying to kill him. He’s a sad soul, at least in my eyes.
The book was entertaining and since I had the audio version I finished it, but don’t know if I would have done so if it had been a hardback or e-book. If he follows up with another Sebastián Rudd book the blurb had better be really great or I probably will not read it.