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Pengacara Jalanan (The Street Lawyer)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  75,789 ratings  ·  1,556 reviews
Perjalanan karier Michael lancar. Kedudukannya terus meningkat di Drake dan Sweeney, biro hukum raksasa di Washington, D.C., yang mempunyai delapan ratus pengacara. Gajinya tinggi dan semakin bagus; tiga tahun lagi ia akan menjadi partner. Ia bintang yang sedang menanjak, tak pernah menyia-nyiakan waktu, tak pernah istirahat, tak pernah beramal pada pengemis. Tak ada waktu ...more
Published 1998 by Gramedia Pustaka Utama
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Tea Jovanović
Potpuno sam subjektivna kada je u pitanju Grišam... Najpre sam godina bila njegov prevodilac, a potom i urednik... I apsolutno je nenadmašan i maher kada su u pitanju "legal" trileri... :) Ovu knjigu sam prevela pre 15 godina i nedavno je doživela novo izdanje kod drugog izdavača...
Prosperous people should feel guilty because there are homeless people in our cities. That is the main message in this Grisham novel.

In the book are perfectly normal people who become homeless because they are down on their luck. Strangely, no mention is made of the primary sources of homelessness: drugs and mental illness. No, according to The Street Lawyer, the problem of homlessness is caused by the selfish prosperity of our country.

Besides the misled preachiness of the story, it's also rath
I personally have become a recent fan of John Grisham’s book and to any of those fans out there, this is a book that will not disappoint you. Even for those who aren’t John Grisham fans, this book is a must read. Grisham captures the life of the impoverished and needy in downtown D.C. and he shows how the law treats different class’s different ways. This book is not only a page turner but a fast page turner. I found myself rushing at times, anxious to read on and discover more about this mysteri ...more
This is one of my favorite books of all time. Not only does one of the most admirable characters I've ever come across, it has a meaningful moral lesson thrown in for good measure.
Boring. Preachy. Heartbreaking. Disgusting.

What was particularly disgusting was the protagonist's racism. There were remarks about a jury consisting of "12 black faces" ('cause there can't possibly be any white people in DC, right?) and the incredulous thought "a handsome white boy thrown in the pit!" and "the shoes in question were old Nike cross-trainers. They were not basketball shoes, and should not have appealed to [him.]" (because ALL black people play basketball, right?) Ugh.

Michael Bro
“Privileged people don't march and protest; their world is safe and clean and governed by laws designed to keep them happy.”
--J. Grisham, The Street Lawywer


The novel is very idealistic, it's about a rich lawyer trying to find the purpose of his job- as an attorney.
-It describes a life of a RICH LAWYER WITH A CONSCIENCE.

It's always my dream to be a lawy
Daniel Bastian
Equal parts sobering and illuminating, The Street Lawyer was my first introduction to Grisham. (I tend to avoid household names; just below the mainstream is where I feel most at home.) Nevertheless, I was mightily impressed with this mid-career novel of his (1998) and the social concerns it raises.

The story, set in D.C., follows Michael Brock, a Big-firm attorney who finds himself in the right place at the wrong time. He and his colleagues are taken hostage in their own office suite by a derang
I think Grisham should always write in the first-person. His stories are livelier and more realistic from the first-person perspective. This novel is somewhere in the middle of his works, and it shows signs of becoming formulaic, but it still feels fairly fresh. The only reason that I'm giving it three stars and not four is that I didn't appreciate the racism implicit in ideas about homelessness in Washington D.C. Obviously, facts are facts, but there is a way to handle them without being sided ...more
3 measly stars compared to what it could have been.


First off, I think this would have been a great book, not great as in ‘gonna be a classic one day’ or a ‘bookshelf must have’, but great as in ‘an abrupt reality check right up close and personal’. But it wasn’t. What put me off was:

1. Michael’s apparent racism which Candice, a fellow goodreads reviewer, had aptly put it:

What was particularly disgusting was the protagonist's racism. There were remarks about a jury consisting of "12
If I had to describe "The Street Lawyer" in one word, the word I would choose is propaganda.

It tells the tale of a yuppie lawyer named Michael Brock who reorders his priorities in life after he's held hostage by a homeless man for an afternoon. He quits his high-paying job even though he's only a couple of years from making partner - and goes to work for a free legal clinic that helps the homeless. He thinks his old firm was partially responsible for the deaths of a homeless family, so he commit
I read a few of Grisham's early books years ago (The Firm, A Time To Kill) and thought they were, for the most part, formulaic legal fiction. I wouldn't normally have picked up another one of his novels,but years ago I read a short article he wrote for a high school magazine about how he researched The Street Lawyer, and I was intrigued. I finally grabbed the book last week and read it over the weekend. Standard fare for a Grisham novel: a young lawyer going up against a corrupt, powerful legal ...more
Huma Khan
One of my favourite authors is John Grisham. His books are one of the reasons that I decided to study Law for my degree. Even though his portrayal of the law and the job that comes with it is slightly exaggerated and intense, I believe there is truth behind his novels. He is an American lawyer specialising in Criminal law. This is evident within his novels as he is best known for his legal thrillers. I have read the majority of his books and out of all of them, The Street Lawyer has by far been ...more
Trudee Hunter
A lawyer with a conscience? A Homeless man with a message? A law firm held to ransom? So much drama and so effectively told. We are taken quite brutally into the uncomfortable, compelling, and ugly world of homelessness which for manifold reasons exist in ever-increasing numbers in cities all around the world. Michael Brock is a man of character; a man who discovers he cannot live with who he thought he was, following a frightening hold up in his office. He witnesses the fear, disbelief and horr ...more
Kristine Pratt
Interesting premise, a high priced lawyer becomes an advocate for the homeless after being held hostage by a man wronged by his firm. Interesting, decent paced story. My only complaint is the occasional tirade blaming the republicans for everything that led up to the homeless problem in D.C. (not wanting to get political, but seriously I'd say there's a lot of blame that can be laid all the way around for homelessness, not just on the doorstep of one political party or even one group of people. ...more
WOW! I loved this book!! But for more reasons than the story itself. Published in 1998, before the current financial collapse, Grisham based this story around the homeless. If the homeless population was bad then, I can only imagine what it is presently. People in general look at the homeless as lazy and uneducated not worthy of their time or money. Nothing could be farther than the truth. The government talks a good talk but spends more money fighting the issue rather than helping.

I loved Micha
Edmond Gagnon
I think I expected a little more from Grisham, but there was nothing wrong with this book. I gives you a scary look at the homeless people that are all around us. Good characters in a very good story.
A good read!
A compelling, thrilling and refreshing read by Grisham. I wasn’t expecting it, but I was pleasantly surprised and captivated by the story of Michael Brock, a 32-year old corporate lawyer, specializing in anti-trust, on the fast-track to become partner in a big D.C. law firm. Until one day his life changes for good, when a homeless man takes him and 8 other lawyers hostage in a conference room.
Michael doesn’t walk away unscathed in the sense that he’s the only one of the hostages who wants to kno
I loved this book. I was hooked from the start and read the first 1/3 in the first go.
This book talks about some of the issues of homelessness and it gives you a lot of food for thought.
Highly recommend reading this to everyone
Adam K.
I was very pleasantly surprised by this one. I always enjoy Grisham on a four-star kind of basis, but this one went deeper and really resonated with me. Something I've always liked about Grisham is that his legal thrillers are never just that. They're deeply human and they touch the emotions. Some people might think he's emotionally manipulative, and that's fine, but I enjoy having my emotions manipulated in the right way sometimes. I'm realizing that I read Grisham because I want to feel someth ...more
Andrea Ika
The Street Lawyer is a pretty interesting book that talks about an experience that a lawyer had when he was held hostage by homeless man and the investigation that he went through to find out why the homeless why did what he did
Thought-provoking with a razor-sharp plot line. This book moved me to be aware of the less fortunate in my own community, and I will do more to help others who need it.
I highly recommend this if you enjoy human-interest combined with top-notch story telling. This is the
This was the first John Grisham book I've read. The story was straightforward and interesting, but the book was surprisingly less gripping than I expected from Grisham. I expected more plot twists, betrayals, and fast action. Instead, the story was actually quite predictable. On the other hand, it certainly never dragged, and it was actually quite believable, which is more than I can say about the Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, or Michael Crichton books that I've read (which is sort of the pop-ficti ...more
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Bill  Kerwin

A very entertaining read from John Grisham, which is also an excellent introduction to the plight of the homeless on the streets of D.C.
This novel has the feeling and the unpleasant? odor of a thesis novel, that mostly boring genre, popular during the second half of the XIX century. A writer, who is also a citizen, wants his civic rage be by all known (in Grisham's case, it is homelessness in Washington DC), and then invents some plot to advance his ideas. Literature becomes pamphlet-like. Literature as craft, not as an end in itself, but as a end to something else. Not the first in Grisham; before there were A Time To Kill [rac ...more
I always forget how much I love John Grisham until I start one of his books.
Gloria Piper
Here is a novel of contrasts. The big corporation lawyers live in wealth and luxury, driven to work 80 hours a week, in order to make more money. Money is what it's all about. Then there are those who are dedicated, not to the pursuit of wealth, but to helping the street people who live in crime ridden areas. Some of those on the streets are there because they are mentally ill, or into drugs and petty crime. Others are on the streets because their minimum wage jobs can't pay the rent. And they a ...more
Jane Stewart
Good but not as entertaining as his other books.

The author’s intentions were to write about the plight of the homeless and generate sympathy, compassion, and hopefully some action. The character development and dialogue were excellent – as usual for this author. But the plot development wasn’t as exciting as some of his other books. At best I would say it is a good story – worth reading if you’re a Grisham fan. At times it gets a little preachy with statistics and problems of
Nishana Sujith
What started as a casual not so interested read turned out to be a great book that really touched me with its beautiful story. If you could ever fall in love with a character of a story, then i will be with Michael brock ; the protagonist(after prince of persia of course).Anyway the story talks about this multibillion law firm lawyer Brock who after a hostage situation by a man of the street decides to dig into the dirt taking pity on the man's story only to find out the darkest and the dirtiest ...more
John Grisham is one of my go-to guilty pleasures. When I want a fast read with a reasonably good story that I can read quickly, I often choose a Grisham. Like all his books, this one stands the test of what a ripping yarn should be like.

This book starts out with a bang. A group of corporate, well off attorneys are held hostage at gun point by a homeless man and quizzed on their generosity. The homeless man is quickly taken out by a sniper but the issues raised launch the rest of the story. I had
In The Street Lawyer by John Grisham, Michael Brock was a lawyer climbing to the top of his firm. If he continued to work the way he did, he would become a partner in a few years. He was getting lots of money had a struggling marriage and only cared about himself. One day he came into the office and a strange homeless man was following him. The man pulled out a gun and took Michael and some of his co workers hostage. He had no intent to harm them, but the police didn't know that. The first chan ...more
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"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
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