Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Client / The Street Lawyer” as Want to Read:
The Client / The Street Lawyer
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Client / The Street Lawyer

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,904 ratings  ·  52 reviews
ACE 0091872774 (ISBN13: 9780091872779)
Hardcover, 458 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Cresset Editions/Random House UK (first published 1993)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Client / The Street Lawyer, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Client / The Street Lawyer

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.09  · 
Rating details
 ·  1,904 ratings  ·  52 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Client / The Street Lawyer
Jerrie Brock
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
I did not read these together, I read The Client a long time ago and enjoyed it. But then I read The Street Lawyer. It wasn't altogether bad, just not something I could get into since it became obvious that Grisham just want to spout his political views rather than giving an honest story. Unlike Grisham, I do not merely research the homeless through some interviews, I have lived in areas where they reside and work in areas where I have to clean up after them. To really get a feel for this story, ...more
Feb 07, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Client
When you add a smart, cute but gutsy 11 year old, a single mother, a single lady lawyer with a sorry past, throwing in the bad mafia, you get a long novel with lots of sentiments. This is exactly what John Grisham has achieved here. Since it concerns a young, fatherless boy, good triumphs over evil. I can say very objectively, that I read this one through purely because of my sensibilities. The story tends to be repetetive, any normal child doing any of the things given here would fall
Zhao Yong Chen
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
The Street Lawyer is about a protagonist named Michael Brock who survived being a hostage of a homeless man going by the name "Mister" The protagonist of the story becomes traumatized by the event and experience's survivor's guilt, a feeling of guilt when you survive a situation but someone else dies. Throughout the book, the protagonist spends his time trying to figure out the life of Mister and changes by becoming less focused at his work.
Although this book was very suspenseful, I didn't like
Jodi Deda
Nov 12, 2009 rated it liked it
I read the street lawyer and happened upon it by chance when at a party of a friends friends apt. :-)Probably my first John Grisham book and it was a good solid book to read and it made me realize about the homeless more than I used to.
Stephen Hayes
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I bought this cheap on the toss-out table at the city library. I already have The client in separate binding, and read it more than 20 years ago, so I just read The street layer.

The street lawyer is bit didactic, but still quite readable. Michael Brock works for a big law firm in Washington and one day a homeless man comes in and takes hostages. This leads him into the
world of street law and advocacy for the homeless, and quite a large chunk of the book is devoted to teaching about the lives of
May 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first story of the book was very good.

The second story was a tad too preachy.
Katie S
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
In the book, The Street Lawyer, by John Grisham, Michael Brock, a big time lawyer working for the firm, Drake & Sweeney, for seven years now, experiences many changes in his life. Michael is held hostage with his fellow coworkers when a homeless man named Mister keeps them hostage and asks how much money they donate to homeless people from their salaries every year. After every lawyer says little or no money goes to the homeless, Mister is shot to death by the police, and this leaves Michael to ...more
The Client is about two boys, Mark Sway age eleven and Ricky Sway age eight. They were involved and witnessed the suicide of Jerome Clifford, a lawyer from New Orleans. Clifford was trying to die from carbon dioxide poisoning but Mark kept taking the hose off the exhaust pipe. Clifford finally saw Mark doing it and grabbed him and threw him in the car. Clifford then tells Mark why he’s trying to commit suicide. He figured was going to get killed from the mafia, so he wanted to die on his own ter ...more
Danny Trainor
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
John Grisham's "The Street Lawyer" is the dramatic story of a mans desire to do good, at all costs. The plot focuses on how ones conscience can get turned inside out, and the journey to regain what was lost to the temptations of society.
Michael Brock, a young and very successful lawyer is on the fast track to greatness; and an even greater paycheck. One day he and several other lawyers at Drake & Sweeney are taken hostage by an armed homeless man. The crisis ends with the homeless man dead an
Sep 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
Too much swearing. The situations were believable. The author painted the pictures well, you could really visualize the people and the places. It was very suspenseful. After finishing it I wasn’t sorry that I had read it, but I knew it wasn’t one of my favorite books.
You could relate to the boy Mark and to his brother Ricky. It was actually a blessing to the family that the boys went through what they went through. But the author didn’t really ever point out that fact. There was probably too mu
Austin Ricklefs
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
John Grisham's The Street Lawyer is a realistic fiction novel. The main point is to show how a young, wealthy lawyer on the path to the "American Dream" gave it all up to help the homeless.
Michael Brock, the protagonist and narrator is a young Yale graduate who works at a top notch law firm, Drake & Sweeney, and is on route to becoming a partner in the firm. One day, a homeless man came into the office and caused a scene. Nine lawyers were held hostage and traumatized. Micheal and his wife, Clai
Jun 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
" The Client" was my second book by John Grisham. It was interesting, but I expected more from it.

The book starts with two young boys Mark & Ricky Sway witnessing a suicide of Romey. He shot himself in front those two kids and he told Mark some of his secrets before his dead. Now, Mark find himself between MOB and FBI. The FBI is desperate for Mark to reveal all he’s been told but after being threatened by the MOB to keep his mouth shut or his brother and mother will suffer Mark is terrified to
Sami D.
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Street Lawyer: If I had to describe this book in one word, I would use : extraordinary. Never have I read an excellent story about someone committing a wrong to fix a wrong. I did not realize the depth of poverty and homelessness. Before reading this book, whenever I saw a person begging on the street, I automatically would refuse assuming that said person would use the money for drugs. But after reading this book, it is fair to say you cannot assume. You just never know what situation the p ...more
Ayumu Sasaki
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Publisher: Penguin Readers, level 4
Time to Read: 80min.
7 words summary: rich lawyer homeless attack research found suspicious
Discussion Question:
Do you want to be the rich in the future or want to marry the rich?
A. In fact, I want to be a rich person, but I have no desire to earn a lot of money.

Time to Read: 100min.
7 word summary: rich homeless hostage suspicious change quit new
Discussion Question:
Could you work 90 hours a week if you really liked your job?
A. I could not. I couldn't put up with
Sarah Spelbring
I read this book ages ago (I don't really remember when it was), but it was my first John Grisham book ever and I was pleased when I finished reading it.

The Client made me feel for the two boys, especially Mark, who had to grow up quite quickly for the sake of his family. The Street Lawyer was more of a story of how a person can change their life around to find purpose and meaning.

I liked them both, it's a great combination of stories.
Penny Reinecke
Dec 05, 2013 rated it liked it
I picked up this book for an easy read on a train. And that is all it was.

A lawyer who has an epiphany! Great!

But an interesting, if small, insight to the problems and severity of homelessness in America. And the big money earned by lawyers.

But the ending? An old lawyer whose only aim in life ever is to earn lots of money has his own epiphany? Two lawyer epiphanies all in 350 pages?

Now that is too much to believe!
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: john_grisham
I only "read" The Street Lawyer but couldn't find it listed except in a set. Plus I listened to the MP3 version. Anyway, it was a 'feel good' sort of book that makes you look at your life and realize that there are so many people who need help that if we all just gave a little of ourselves, everyone would flourish. ...more
Apr 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 10-000-book-goal
i only read street lawyer in this edition. the first pages were action packed. i wish every lawyer will read this and offer their services for free to those who can't afford.The main character quit his partnership dream and decide to work for the poor. slow twist of events but it made turn every page. ...more
P.S. Winn
Sep 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you haven't read a John Grisham novel, this is a great collection to grab. The author takes readers into the lives of what feel like real people in both stories and I found both tales intriguing and believable. This is an author who knows what real people are like and how they feel when faced with challenges. ...more
Lisa Whittle
Sep 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
The Street Lawyer was actually a "feel good" kind of read. I liked the idea that a life changing event could change the ambitions of successful attorney and result in him making the world a better place. An up close & personal look at the life of the homeless in D.C. ...more
Nov 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Another Grisham that moves quickly, with a tight frame and an unbelievable but satisfying conclusion. Inspiring focus on the homeless. Mordecai Green is a hero that should make another appearance in a JG novel. I'd read it. ...more
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Beyond the great storytelling of John Grisham, The Street Lawyer is witty and thoughtful. His research and insights into the homeless in Washington, DC is compassionate without being sappy. I would highly recommend this as a read and will be watching for more books like it.
Mar 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I love this book, I read it while traveling in Norway, and the suspense was such I could not put it down. Caused a few sleep deprived days, but it was worth it.
Sep 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
this book is great its a mystory read it or be a square
Dec 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I've only read The Street Lawyer, and as you can see, I really did like this book, I was able to get into it even though it was assigned as Summer Reading for Junior Year. ...more
Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
like his other books great read. couldn't put down. love how he draws on his experience as a lawyer. ...more
Sunni Schow
May 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Street Lawyer is great! The Client was average.
Sep 14, 2012 marked it as to-read
Just recently bought the two books, am yet to read them .
Bryce Joel
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Street Lawyer was much better than I had expected.
May 13, 2013 added it
the street lawyer is a great, compelling fast moving novel with the obviouse ending
« previous 1 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Goodreads Librari...: Add reciprocal ACE info 1 8 Sep 23, 2018 12:10PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Neon Rain (Dave Robicheaux, #1)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia Songbook: The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe
  • The Complete Guide to Middle-Earth
  • The Guide to James Joyce's Ulysses
  • El amor en los tiempos del cólera de Gabriel García Márquez (Guía de lectura): Resumen y análisis completo
  • The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1)
  • Crónica de una muerte anunciada de Gabriel García Márquez (Guía de lectura): Resumen y análisis completo
  • Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere
  • Scarlett Part 1 of 2
  • Lit a Shuck For Texas (Louis L'Amour)
  • Desperation / The Regulators: Box Set
  • Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The Glass Key
  • The Keep (Adversary Cycle, #1)
  • Tell Me A Story
  • The Night Parade
  • The Dark Country
  • La notte si avvicina
See similar books…
See top shelves…
John Grisham is the author of forty-seven consecutive #1 bestsellers, which have been translated into nearly fifty languages. His recent books include The Judge's List, Sooley, and his third Jake Brigance novel, A Time for Mercy, which is being developed by HBO as a limited series.

Grisham is a two-time winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction and was honored with the Library of Congress C

Related Articles

Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. To create our...
42 likes · 10 comments