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The Street Lawyer by John Grisham
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MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.

A lively legal-crime mystery. I don't like every Grisham book, but did like this one.

Hero is Michael Brock, a young on-the-rise civil attorney in a big firm called Drake & Sweeney, who ditches it all after a mnetlaly ill homeless guy invades the firm and holds a conference-room full of lawyers hostage. Including Brock.

The attacker ends up dead. Brock is the only lawyer in the firm to wonder why the homeless guy picked Drake & Sweeney.

He sniffs out illegal activity by a firm partner. In the process of investigating, he gets let go for acquiring certain incriminating firm files by unethical means.

Rest of story is about how Brock nails the bad guys (renting unsafe property to the poor, and then evicting them when they can make big bucks in a real-estate development deal) and regains his soul.

During book, he discards his surgeon-in-training wife. By book's end he has a social-worker girl friend and has re-geared his career to do public-interest law.
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