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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from John Grisham's The Confession.

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.

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ebook, 464 pages
Published March 16th 2010 by Dell (first published February 4th 1998)
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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...
Ethan
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
Brian
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...more
Candice
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...more
WK
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.
Salymar
“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

This was the first John Grisham book I've read. And THIS HAS BEEN AT THE TOP OF MY MOST FAVORITE AWESOME-JOHN GRISHAM- BOOK-LIST.

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.

I LOVE THIS BOOK.
It's always my dream to be a lawy...more
Jenny
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
Devina
3 measly stars compared to what it could have been.

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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...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
Nathan
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
Michael
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
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
Sandy
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...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...more
Nicole
I always forget how much I love John Grisham until I start one of his books.
Seth
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...more
Jane Stewart
Good but not as entertaining as his other books.

REVIEWER’S OPINION:
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...more
Jeff Steward
In a nutshell, lawyer Michael Brock is held hostage by a homeless man who has been wrongfully evicted. The hostage situation ends quickly and dramatically but births a nagging conscious in Brock. Not as exciting as the Rainmaker, The Firm, or the Runaway Jury - but an excellent read. If nothing else it dispels some of the glamor of the lawyer lifestyle through is portrayal of their hours and hours of work, work, bill, bill career. (At least my hours & hours at the office were spent playing w...more
Stephen Gallup
I read and enjoyed most of Grisham's legal fiction ten or more years ago. My fave was probably The Partner, but there wasn't a dog in the bunch. Sure, they follow an obvious formula, but it works. Somehow, I missed this one until now. I picked it up idly, since several other titles were already in progress, but was hooked by the very effective opening sequence.

That scene, in which a deranged homeless man barges into a conference room full of rich attorneys and threatens to blow them all up with...more
Rebecca  Payton
“The Street Lawyer” by John Grisham surprised me. I didn’t think I was into books about lawyers or the legal system, but Grisham did a great job with this book. When I read the summary on the back of the book, I thought it was going to take a while for it to get going. Everything that was said on the summary happened immediately, leaving me in awe because I wasn’t expecting the events to happen so soon. As I continued on with the book, it still kept my attention and made me want to read more. Gr...more
Kim
Interesting enough as most John Grisham novels and it dealt with the social issues of homelessness that I read with interest as he unfolded his story. I felt it was fairly accurate in it's description of the issue that many in this country deal with and in fact too many struggle with. There was a lack of condemnation on part of the individual lives of the homeless and dealt more with the various conscious levels of the affluent and their views on poverty. It tackled the issue with decency. I fou...more
Michelle
So I know that I ranked this three stars sometime ago. And I think I remember reading it when it came out in 1998. I had a conversation about it with a friend back then. And parts of it were vaguely familiar. Very very vaguely familiar. That and I own the book. Although I could have inherited it from a former student or roommate. I don't know.

In any case, I suppose one would think that since I've obviously forgotten the story in all of its detail that I would give it fewer stars, not more.

But t...more
Ray
The Street Lawyer deals with homeless people, and a lawyer who gave up his position in a major law firm, the high salary, and the perks to work for the poor and homeless for very low wages. The book takes a sympathetic view of the poor and downtrodden, and does makes the point that society could do more for the deserving poor. That may make some readers somewhat uncomfortable, especially those who feel that the majority of the homeless are in that situation due primarily to bad choices they've m...more
Josh Feinzimer
Oct 24, 2007 Josh Feinzimer rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: to all Grisham fans
Shelves: thriller
I've read a few less notable Grisham novels inlcuding The Summons and A Painted House. The Street Lawyer was the best of the three.

Brock's character in the book is a hero with whom the reader can identify. He goes from being a yes-man in the corporate world to a maverick on the street who defends the poor and defenseless.

I really liked the fact that the life Brock chooses in the end has nothing to do with wealth or material gains, two facets of life about which his existence seemed to be focused...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
Dolphe
"The Street Lawyer" contains many of the elements we expect from a John Grisham novel. We have the overworked young attorney who discovers he really does have a conscience and must do battle with the evil corporate minded law firm. This time around the politically correct theme is homelessness and it works well enough for the Grisham mold. The main drawback here is a lack of fire in the presentation. Even the central character does not seem totally convinced of his conviction. That could be an i...more
Caroline
While I understand a writer's passion for a particular cause, the agenda was presented so overtly it detracted from the storyline. Statistics and 'facts' had me looking for appendices citing resources. The opportunity to explore and develop characters was often passed by, and there were quite a few openings for further plot complications/twists/exploration which were ignored. I felt as though, not only was the book written in a rush, but a deadline loomed and the ending was also rushed and there...more
Chad Sayban
It is a really good book - an engrossing story of a big-time lawyer who's near-death experience forces him to come to grips with his sudden choice to pursue helping people rather than the pursuit of money. This choice puts him in direct confrontation with his old firm, but even as his marriage and career crumble, his spirits are lifted. A great read that is light on legalese and heavy on the pursuit of right-and-wrong over money. Check it out if you get the chance. It's not preachy - it's just g...more
Kris
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...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...more
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