Rogue Lawyer

Version: Abridged
Author: John Grisham
Narrator: Mark Deakins
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Suspense
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: November 2016
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours, 30 minutes
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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.

Reviews (34)

Written by Anonymous on February 20th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Enjoy the book it's not one of his best.

Written by Mark Sampson on November 17th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Good read. As a criminal defense attorney it realistic in some aspects and preposterous on others.

Written by Mark Sunshine on September 12th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

It was an above average book. Not one of his best, but not one of his worse either.

Written by Darrell Snedecor on September 5th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I liked the pace of the story. Grisham does a good job of making me "turn the page" if you know what I mean.

3 Stars

Written by Alvirena Beasley on September 2nd, 2016

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Good but not great it did not keep me involved in the changing plots.

Written by Sherrie Holder on August 10th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Loved listening to this book!! Audiobooks is going to be a favorite in our family!!

Written by Wesley Cory on June 27th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Very good book. Once again John Grisham portrays a character that you can actually believe is an actual person, flaws and all.

Written by Richard Miller on March 26th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 3/5

A light breezy tread Uncomplicated. Not sure that Sebastian Rudd is one of John Grisham's best characters This book felt like on opening novel of a series. Just enough info and drama for you to consider a second book to read. Fingers crossed the second one is more complex and compeling.

Written by Sally More on March 14th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I think some of the reviewers missed the point -- the main character Rudd was supposed to be flawed. You were supposed to view the others through his lense And yes, it seems Grisham does not think much of the police and their methods. This was a fast paced, easy read - not as complex as many Grisham novels but still a page-turner. I liked the format - several stories, woven together across the lives of the main characters. Good combination of crime, suspense and character development/life stories. And the narrator was good -- didn't overact it, and the pace was just right.

Written by June Brown on March 4th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I found it enjoyable but definitely not his best work. I'll always read a Grisham book, but this one was just okay.

Author Details

Author Details

Grisham, John

Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel.

Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. Realizing he didn't have the right stuff for a pro career, he shifted gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade in Southaven, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. In 1983, he was elected to the state House of Representatives and served until 1990.

One day at the DeSoto County courthouse, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl's father had murdered her assailants. Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987. Initially rejected by many publishers, it was eventually bought by Wynwood Press, who gave it a modest 5,000 copy printing and published it in June 1988.

That might have put an end to Grisham's hobby. However, he had already begun his next book, and it would quickly turn that hobby into a new full-time career—and spark one of publishing's greatest success stories. The day after Grisham completed A Time to Kill, he began work on another novel, the story of a hotshot young attorney lured to an apparently perfect law firm that was not what it appeared. When he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures for $600,000, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers, and book rights were bought by Doubleday. Spending 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991.

The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham's reputation as the master of the legal thriller. Grisham's success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was republished in hardcover by Doubleday and then in paperback by Dell. This time around, it was a bestseller.

Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year (his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, and The Broker) and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 225 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 29 languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films (The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, The Runaway Jury, and Skipping Christmas), as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marks his first foray into non-fiction.

Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.

Grisham took time off from writing for several months in 1996 to return, after a five-year hiatus, to the courtroom. He was honoring a commitment made before he had retired from the law to become a full-time writer: representing the family of a railroad brakeman killed when he was pinned between two cars. Preparing his case with the same passion and dedication as his books' protagonists, Grisham successfully argued his clients' case, earning them a jury award of $683,500—the biggest verdict of his career.

When he's not writing, Grisham devotes time to charitable causes, including most recently his Rebuild The Coast Fund, which raised 8.8 million dollars for Gulf Coast relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He also keeps up with his greatest passion: baseball. The man who dreamed of being a professional baseball player now serves as the local Little League commissioner. The six ballfields he built on his property have played host to over 350 kids on 26 Little League teams.