Rogue Lawyer

Rogue Lawyer

eBook - 2015
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A nomadic lawyer because of frequent death threats, Sebastian Rudd takes on a case involving a brain-damaged young man accused of murdering two little girls.
Publisher: New York :, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group,, 2015
ISBN: 9780385539449
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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lpreston214
Sep 08, 2017

Sebastian Rudd is a street lawyer who takes on the toughest cases and the roughest clients. Need an accused child killer defended? He's your man. Jury tampering, bribery and extortion are all in Rudd's playbook. In this novel, several cases are described in vignettes, some that have connections. Some reviewers have mentioned that Rudd is not a likeable character, but as with all of Grisham's characters, he's just a type, not a real character, so liking and disliking don't really come into it in my opinion. The cases are interesting and it's fun to see them connected and how they come out. Since this was a pb, it was a "bag book" for me. Lightweight in more ways than one. Still, I wouldn't mind reading about some more of Rudd's exploits.

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alex_373
Aug 14, 2017

Nothing too outstanding, but a quick-paced read that can be read again and again. I like bringing this book on vacations and long car rides, as it's just enough to keep me entertained but not particularly riveting.

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trcookIIImddmd
Jul 14, 2017

My favorite Grisham lawyer. Sebastian has no illusions about cops. Unlike the false narrative of cops being such wonderful, caring, keepers of the peace, the truth is that too many of them are barnyard bullies: hugely obese, shaven headed, MIB shade-wearing numbskull liars who enjoy carrying guns and shooting people unnecessarily all too often. There is a small percentage of police of all kinds who are noble and deserve respect--the rest deserve to be gunned down, as they are often in this day of liberals coddling criminal types.

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pgfollett
Feb 06, 2017

Paralleling exactly recent developments in the US legal system, Grisham gives us a scathing view of how unfair it really is. The defence is not the only side to take advantage of dirty tricks. Minorities and socially marginalized folk are not guilty because of who they are or how they look.

Sebastian Rudd, with any luck at all, will continue to show us the sad underbelly of US justice. I will be looking forward to his continuing adventures.

John Grisham has hit the nail right on the head and has shown that he has indeed got his finger on the pulse of the 21st century.

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tigresse
Feb 02, 2017

I absolutely loved this book and I certainly hope Sébastian Rudd will continue solving impossible cases in the next John Grisham thriller.

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reader10000
Jan 27, 2017

I was ready to give up after the 2nd story, then I read again, some of the reviews here, and after a week, decided to read on. Bad decision. While Sebastian Rudd may be good at his profession, he is such a dislikable character I was waiting for something bad to happen to him that wasn't of his own making - never happened. Every character is a stereotype. Wouldn't surprise me if the author had his tongue firmly in-cheek when writing this book.

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ken6680
Jan 17, 2017

I have never read a Grisham book I didn't like, until this one. Rudd was too unbelievable. I also didn't like the book being a group of short stories. I put it down halfway through the second story.

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tjdickey
Dec 29, 2016

At first, the plot seemed a bit diffuse, more a set of short stories, but the details dovetailed in a generally satisfying manner. The overall writing style is crisp and snappy in dialogue - Grisham actually seems to having a *lot* of fun writing this one! Fresh and entertaining.

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singasong70
Nov 25, 2016

Formulaic to some extent, hates cops, prediliction for blood sports which as a (trauma) nurse, I find particularly apalling not to mention how easily he switches between what's moral and what's immoral; greases palms with silver when it's in his (client's) interest to do so, expects others to be on the up and up with him however; sex for sex's sake though one wonders if the recipient feels the same way about it.

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ashusur
Nov 10, 2016

Gripping and simulating. I left everything I was doing to finish this. There were different cases and their background was very vivid but they finished very quickly.

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Jamaka_88
Jul 21, 2016

"Do we really want fair trials? No, we do not. We want justice and quickly. And justice is whatever we deem it to be on a case by case basis." Sebastian Rudd, lawyer.

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jimg2000
Nov 06, 2015

The road to justice is filled with barriers and land mines, most of them created by men and women who claim to be seeking justice.
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As in any war, the truth is the first casualty.
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The longer he stays in jail and the more free legal advice he gets from his cell mates back there, the more delusional he becomes. He’s convinced he can charm a jury, blame it all on a quick bout of insanity, and walk.
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"No way, Boss. I made myself real cleat. Scare ‘em but don’t touch ‘em. Nobody gets hurt.”
“They’re not in pain,” I say.
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-You'll be sorry, senor.
--Is that a threat?
-No. A promise.
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volitional insanity means simply that a person who is mentally healthy does something wrong, and at the time he knows it's wrong, but at that moment he is so mentally unbalanced, or deranged, he cannot prevent himself from doing it anyway. He knows it's wrong, but he cannot control himself and thereby commits the crime.

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jimg2000
Nov 06, 2015

Link was sentenced to death by an untampered jury for killing a judge … there must have been several hundred people here who truly missed Link, at first. Morticians, strippers, drug runners, chop shop operators, and crooked cops, to name a few.
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Most of the units in his building are packed with large families, but none of the traditional variety—mother, father, children. Almost all the fathers are gone, either locked up or living elsewhere and producing more children. The typical apartment belongs to a grandmother, a long-suffering soul who’s stuck with a passel of kids who may or may not be bloods related. Half the mothers are in prison. The other half work two and three jobs. Young cousins drop in and out; almost every family is in a chaotic state of flux. The primary goal is to keep the kids in school, away from the gangs, alive and hopefully out of prison.

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jimg2000
Nov 06, 2015

“Insanity” is a legal term, not a medical one.
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(Naomi:) “I’ve never seen her smile.”
(Rudd:) “I think it happens about once a month.”
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“I’ve put the house on the market. I can’t stay there, too many memories. I can see her in the kitchen. I can feel her sleeping on the bed next to me. I can hear her laughing on the phone. I can smell her body lotion. She’s everywhere, Sebastian, and she’s not going away. Worst of all, I can’t help but relive those last few seconds … “
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Spike was twelve, old for a Lab, and hard of hearing. But he certainly heard the door crash just a few feet away. His mistake was to jump up and start barking, at which time he was shot three times by a 9-millimeter semiautomatic pistol.

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jimg2000
Nov 06, 2015

The law is my life, always consuming and occasionally fulfilling. I wouldn’t call it a “jealous mistress” as some forgotten person so famously did. It’s more like an overbearing wife who controls the checkbook. There’s no way out.
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What’s on the outside to prevent their return? They are now convicted felons, a branding they will never be able to shake. The odds were stacked against them to begin with, and now that they’re tagged as felons, life in the free world is somehow supposed to improve? These are the real casualties of our wars. The war on drugs. The war on crime. Unintended victims of tough laws passed by tough politicians over the past forty years. One million young black men now warehoused in decaying prisons, idling away the days at taxpayer expense. Our prisons are packed. Our streets are filled with drugs. Who’s winning the war?

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jimg2000
Nov 06, 2015

If a prosecutor gets caught cheating, he either gets reelected or elevated to the bench. Our system never holds a bad prosecutor accountable.
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There is no level playing field. There is no fairness. The only honorable alternative for a lawyer fighting to save an innocent client is to cheat in defense.
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Do we really want fair trials? No, we do not. We want justice, and quickly. And justice is whatever we deem it to be on a case-by-case basis.
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Their father was long gone when they were murdered, and their mother’s apartment was a revolving door for local tomcats and slimeballs.
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The presumption of innocence is now the presumption of guilt. The burden of proof is a travesty because the proof is often lies. Guilt beyond a reasonable doubt means if he probably did it, then let’s get him off the streets.

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Polonesia
Jun 02, 2016

Rogue Lawyer is a slightly different twist on the usual courtroom dramas written by Grisham. It is darker than his normal style, however there is a lot of dry humor that is enjoyable. The style of the book is also a little bit different than previous Grisham books and that is a nice change. Overall it is a good, entertaining read of darker side of courtroom drama.

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Leslie L. Kelly
May 09, 2016

Coming of age story of a boy whose mother has died; whose father has stopped talking: who is 23, and small: who has fallen in love with an "older" girl: and who has a grizzly bear living in his pole barn.
Wonderful story!

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Jamaka_88
Jul 21, 2016

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