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The Street Lawyer by John Grisham
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Jul 25, 11

bookshelves: legal-suspense
Read in July, 2011

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 the homeless. Frank Muller is very entertaining as a narrator. I purchased the mp3 audiobook through Audible(dot com). About six times or so, the narrator erroneously repeated a sentence. It wasn’t bad, but it was noticeable.

STORY BRIEF:
Mike was an Ivy League educated lawyer. He was working 80 hours a week for a large prestigious law firm Drake & Sweeney (DS). His specialty was antitrust law. He would probably make partner in another three years which would give him income of $800,000 or more per year. The story begins when a homeless man comes to the firm with dynamite strapped to his chest. He holds Mike and several others hostage in a conference room. The hostages survive. The homeless man said DS had wrongfully evicted tenants from a building. Out of curiosity Mike looks into this. He meets Mordecai who runs a legal aid clinic for the homeless. Mike decides to leave DS and join Mordecai. Mike borrowed a file from DS which showed the firm helped to evict tenants illegally. His file borrowing causes problems for Mike.

DATA:
Unabridged audiobook length: 10 hrs and 30 mins. Narrator: Frank Muller. Swearing language: none that I recall. Sexual content: none. Setting: current day Washington D.C. with one scene in Chicago, IL. Book copyright: 1998. Genre: legal suspense.

OTHER BOOKS:
I’ve reviewed the following John Grisham books.
5 stars. The Firm
5 stars. The Client
5 stars. The Pelican Brief
5 stars. The Runaway Jury
4 ½ stars. The Rainmaker
4 stars. Playing for Pizza
3 stars. The Partner
3 stars. The Street Lawyer
2 stars. The Chamber
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