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The Street Lawyer by John Grisham
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Jul 25, 2011

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bookshelves: legal-suspense
Read in July, 2011

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 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.

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.

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.

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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