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The Street Lawyer

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  84,758 Ratings  ·  1,859 Reviews
Michael was in a hurry. He was scrambling up the ladder at Drake & Sweeney, a giant D.C. law firm with eight hundred lawyers. The money was good and getting better; a partnership was three years away. He was a rising star with no time to waste, no time to stop, no time to toss a few coins into the cups of panhandlers. No time for a conscience.

But a violent encounter wi

Paperback, 452 pages
Published February 1999 by Island Books (first published February 16th 1998)
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Tea Jovanović
May 09, 2013 Tea Jovanović rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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...
Aug 01, 2008 Brian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r_fiction
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
Natalie Vellacott
I am re-reading some old John Grisham books that I enjoyed the first time round to see if my perspectives have changed in 10-15 years...

The Street Lawyer was a favourite in the past. It tells the story of Michael, a wealthy lawyer climbing the ladder at a prosperous firm, Drake and Sweeney. His marriage is in trouble but he surrounds himself with work, competing with his soon to be ex-wife. Who is the most ambitious and who will earn the most money? But in a dramatic turn of events, Michael find
Jun 27, 2008 WK rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 24, 2009 Ethan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 25, 2010 Candice rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 14, 2016 Corey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book didn't feel like your typical Grisham courtroom drama, it just had a different feel to it, but in a good way.

The Street Lawyer takes place in Washington DC, Michael Brock is working for a big law firm that pays big money. Until one day a homeless man enters the firm and takes Brock and many other lawyers hostage. The police take out the suspect, but afterword's Michael discovers something going on in the very firm he's been working for. So Brock has a change of heart, he quits the fir
Jun 04, 2012 Salymar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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
Mar 08, 2014 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 13, 2016 Ana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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O que leva um advogado bem sucedido a deixar o seu escritório luxuoso e virar advogado oficioso ??
Quando um dia de manhã Michael Brock encontra um sem abrigo à porta do prédio onde trabalha está longe de imaginar que esse encontro casual vai modificar a sua vida pessoal e profissional.
Desta vez a vertente judicial dos livros de Grisham cede um pouco para as questões humanitárias.

Daniel Bastian
Aug 13, 2015 Daniel Bastian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Bill  Kerwin

A very entertaining read from John Grisham, this is also an excellent introduction to the plight of the homeless on the streets of D.C.
Huma Khan
Sep 23, 2012 Huma Khan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 25, 2012 Devina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 24, 2012 Seth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 10, 2011 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Trudee Hunter
Apr 03, 2011 Trudee Hunter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 15, 2012 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, fiction
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
Jun 27, 2015 Muneeb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Edmond Gagnon
Oct 05, 2015 Edmond Gagnon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Adam Nelson
May 12, 2014 Adam Nelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 30, 2015 Marleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 08, 2015 Brandon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Andrea Ika
May 24, 2014 Andrea Ika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kristine Hansen
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
May 13, 2007 Nathan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 24, 2014 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always forget how much I love John Grisham until I start one of his books.
Mar 09, 2017 Mohamed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
على الرغم من الرواية مختصرة و لكن ترجمة دكتور أحمد خالد توفيق لم تجعلنا نحس بذلك
رواية رائعة
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
غزل أدم
Feb 15, 2017 غزل أدم rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
التجربة الثانية مع جون غويشام بعد المؤسسة الصادرة عام 1991
لكن وعلى الرغم من مرور سبع سنوات بين العملين إلا أن طريقة السرد والخطوط العريضة
تكاد تكون متطابقة بين العملين وهو ما أصابنى بالملل على الرغم من القضية النبيلة التى
يناقشها العمل وهى ما أستحقت النجمة لكن دون ذلك كان عبارة عن تكرار لعمل سابق
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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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