Today’s mystery is by a favourite author, John Grisham and is a bit of a departure for him. The Rogue Lawyer is Sebastian Rudd. His office is a customized, bullet-proof van, he owns a Puerto Rican cage fighter, and his driver is simply called Partner but he is a firm believer that every defendant deserves a smart defence, police are not always by the book, and even judges are not always fair. You could describe him as skeptical.
The way the chapters are set up, it would appear that these are a disjointed set of short cases but there’s a thread running throughout that lays out Rudd’s character, his family relationships, and his connections to ruthless criminals and honest cops who have to meet in out-of-the way places that rotate through the first 4 letters of the alphabet. The cases all dovetail and are extremely fast-moving. There’s lots of tension as Rudd defends an unpopular defendant accused of murdering two little girls, has an accusation of jury tampering thrown at him, has his van blown up, and his cage fighter goes berserk when he loses a fight and attacks the referee who later dies.
This is a new style of organization for Grisham and an engaging, almost-shady character. I learned a lot about cage fighting (which I’ll file away, not having any practical use for it), enjoyed the way Rudd generally is able to turn the tables whether on the police, the court system, or the criminals, and found the story just flowed right through to the last page. Brilliantly written and thoroughly captivating, whether you like cage fighting or not, this is a Grisham novel you won’t want to miss. * * * * *
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