The Street Lawyer Author:John Grisham He gave up the money. He gave up the power. Now all he has left is the law. — Michael Brock is billing the hours, making the money, rushing relentlessly to the top of Drake & Sweeney, a giant D.C. law firm. One step away from partnership, Michael has it all. Then, in an instant, it all comes undone. — A homeless man takes nine lawyers hostage ... more »in the firm's plush offices. When it is all over, the man's blood is splattered on Michael's face -- and suddenly Michael is willing to do the unthinkable. Rediscovering a conscience he lost long ago, Michael is leaving the big time for the streets where his attacker once lived--and where society's powerless need an advocate for justice.
But there's one break Michael can't make: from a secret that has floated up from the depths of Drake & Sweeney, from a confidential file that is now in Michael's hands, and from a conspiracy that has already taken lives. Now Michael's former partners are about to become his bitter enemies. Because to them, Michael Brock is the most dangerous man on the streets...« less
Each page is full of thought provoking, emotional, eye opening events. I wasn't able to put the book down once I got into the story. this is definetely a must read if you are looking for something exciting, entertaining, and generally gives you a good feeling by the end of the story. As the story unfolds you become deeper and deeper intrigued. don't put it down and down hesitate to share this book with others once your've read it.
John Grisham's ninth legal thriller opens with a bang, literally, when a grizzled and fragrant homeless man wanders into a Washington, D. C., law firm, takes nine attorneys hostage at gunpoint, and appropriates a vacant conference room to lecture on the importance of charitable contributions.
In the aftermath of the morning's unscheduled discussions, the 800-lawyer firm of Drake & Sweeney survives, but their uninvited guest does not. Michael Brock, one of the firm's rising young stars, comes away from his brush with death with a troubled conscience and a mental legal pad filled with unanswered questions. Who was this man, and what did he really want?
Michael decides to do some digging, and learns that his captor was a mentally ill veteran who'd been in and out of shelters for many years. But then he digs a little deeper and finds a dirty secret, a secret that involves Drake & Sweeney.
Disillusioned by his discoveries, Michael abruptly abandons the fast track and quits the firm, taking a top-secret file with him. He lands on the streets, an advocate for the homeless, a street lawyer...and a thief.
This was probably one of my favorite John Grisham books. Michal Brock, despite being a well-off attorney, was very likable and easy to relate to. He is involved in an incident that is a life changing event, and he has to re-examine who he is and what he is doing. It was a very quick read and very believable.
I enjoyed this book, although I found that it did not draw me in to read it quickly. When I walked away from the book I could be away for long periods of time, yet while reading I found it thrilling. So for that reason I can't say it was wonderful. I like a book that does not allow for long periods of time away. Characters are well developed and likable. There are loose ends that I feel never materialized, but overall a good book.
Following a hostage experience, a divorce, and a jolt of his company's role in a messy eviction, a corporate lawyer finds himself disillusioned and adrift. He begins a journey to find a new purpose for his life and his law degree.
Although a well done Audiobook abridgement, nicely read by Michael Beck, the story itself is filled with cardboard stereotyped characters, unsubstantiated partisan political opinions, and bad dialogue in many chapters masquerading as (poor) imitations of Hemingway. And the "happily ever after" ending was over-the-top and not believable at all.