'It is useless to resist.'' And frankly, you shouldn't even try. Take away the hype and the world-famous name, and this is still one terrific book — s...more'It is useless to resist.'' And frankly, you shouldn't even try. Take away the hype and the world-famous name, and this is still one terrific book — smart, fast, stingingly satiric, and almost criminally entertaining.
To summarize it, Patrick Lanigan had faked his own death to escape a bad marriage and a job he hated, and he made off with $90 million in the process. He created a new life for himself as Danilo Silva and fell in love with his lawyer, Eva Miranda. Only she knows where the money is and, when Danilo is caught, he is forced to give them her name and the bad guys come after her. Eva is now on the run.
The FBI is also after Patrick, partly for the money and partly for the death of whoever was in the car when it burned. They are tipped off that these bad guys have him and Patrick is turned over to them, only after being severely burned. This is when the story is slowly unraveled throughout the middle of the book. There is minimal action in the book itself, other than in the beginning, but most of it consists of flashbacks that assist in the unraveling of the story. It was enough to keep me quite intrigued.(less)
It seems likely that many fans of John Grisham's work will not be crazy about this book, The Street Lawyer. It's not that it isn't good -- it is. But...moreIt seems likely that many fans of John Grisham's work will not be crazy about this book, The Street Lawyer. It's not that it isn't good -- it is. But it's very different from earlier works in some fairly important ways.
Like most of Grisham's tales, law-American-style is the sub-text of The Street Lawyer. Once again we're shown some of the inner workings of a successful U.S. law firm in a sometimes less-than-admirable light. But the law in The Street Lawyer -- and here's the part that fans might not take to -- takes a back seat to some very human drama and some completely serious issues.
The story revolves around Michael Brock: a 32-year-old lawyer on the fast track to success with one of America's top law firms. Brock has it all: a brain surgeon wife, a $2500 a month Georgetown apartment, a Lexus and a plush office where he spends most of his time. A partnership in the firm and the possibility of earning millions is well within sight.
In the express lane to success, Brock is derailed by a simple incident that changes his life. He and eight other lawyers are held hostage by a homeless man who is looking for the "evictors".
I absolutely love John Grisham. However, after this book, I think he needs to take a little time off and think about his writing. His first 5 books we...moreI absolutely love John Grisham. However, after this book, I think he needs to take a little time off and think about his writing. His first 5 books were incredible. Then, they got a little less exciting. I thought he was going to have a resurgence with The Testament, a book not many liked, but I thought really extended him as a writer. Then, this one. I thought this book was very uneventful. I kept expecting the usual Grisham suspense, drama, murder, etc. It never came. There was no suspense at all. It could have been a biography of the 3 judges. That's was it read like. Very disappointing!(less)
Grisham fans will not despair as they discover that this finely wrought tale includes no lawyers. Instead, the author presents an evocation of the lif...moreGrisham fans will not despair as they discover that this finely wrought tale includes no lawyers. Instead, the author presents an evocation of the life of a young boy growing up on a Southern farm in hard times during the fall 1952 cotton-picking season. Lansbury, an actor of stage and screens, both big and small, brings a sweet innocence to the voice of narrator, Luke Chandler. Luke, a curious, even nosy seven-year-old, witnesses a series of events that range from the dramatic to the profoundly disturbing including a birth, a flood and a couple of killings. Lansbury gives each character his or her own distinctive voice: low and gruff for Luke's grandfather, Pappy; tough and huffy for troublesome Hank, one of the "hill people" the Chandlers hire to help pick the cotton; soft and gentle for Luke's mother. The range of voices helps listeners as he enacts dialogue; but when switching between dialogue and his narration as Luke, Lansbury's performance is far less smooth. Still, Lansbury's is an effective reading of a provocative novel that will please and surprise Grisham's many fans.(less)
The Runaway Jury, the bad guys are tobacco-company executives, their fat-cat attorneys, and a remarkably sleazy team of behind-the-scenes operatives w...moreThe Runaway Jury, the bad guys are tobacco-company executives, their fat-cat attorneys, and a remarkably sleazy team of behind-the-scenes operatives whose job it is to make sure that cigarette manufacturers never lose a product-liability lawsuit no matter what. No crooked tactic short of murder is beneath them — bribery, blackmail, smears, shakedowns. And that leads to the novel's one real problem: For the longest time it's hard to tell if there are any decent characters in the story at all.
Indeed, there will be times during the ingeniously narrated tale — The Runaway Jury has Grisham's most complicated plot to date — when some readers may feel, to paraphrase a Southern proverb, that the author has done quit entertainin' and gone to preachin'. On the other hand, in Grisham's native Mississippi, preaching has always been one of the most popular forms of public entertainment, and he sure does it well.The Runaway Jury(less)
Another awesome plot well laid out by one of the most talented authors in mordern world. Vince Flynn is a master of thriller and Mitch Rapp provides th...moreAnother awesome plot well laid out by one of the most talented authors in mordern world. Vince Flynn is a master of thriller and Mitch Rapp provides the ultimate don' mess with me attitude is the perfect fit in the character