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Rogue Lawyer

A Novel
Lu par : Mark Deakins
Série : Rogue Lawyer, Volume 1
Durée : 11 h et 18 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 notations)

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On the right side of the law. Sort of.

Sebastian Rudd is not your typical street lawyer. He works out of a customized bulletproof van, complete with Wi-Fi, a bar, a small fridge, fine leather chairs, a hidden gun compartment, and a heavily armed driver. He has no firm, no partners, no associates, and only one employee: his driver, who's also his bodyguard, law clerk, confidant, and golf caddy. He lives alone in a small but extremely safe penthouse apartment, and his primary piece of furniture is a vintage pool table. He drinks small-batch bourbon and carries a gun.

Sebastian defends people other lawyers won't go near: a drug-addled, tattooed kid rumored to be in a satanic cult, who is accused of molesting and murdering two little girls; a vicious crime lord on death row; a homeowner arrested for shooting at a SWAT team that mistakenly invaded his house. Why these clients? Because he believes everyone is entitled to a fair trial, even if he, Sebastian, has to cheat to secure one. He hates injustice and doesn't like insurance companies, banks, or big corporations; he distrusts all levels of government and laughs at the justice system's notions of ethical behavior.

Sebastian Rudd is one of John Grisham's most colorful, outrageous, and vividly drawn characters yet. Gritty, witty, and impossible to put down, Rogue Lawyer showcases the master of the legal thriller at his very best.

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  • William Moritz
  • 01/11/2015

Not the John Grisham I know

What disappointed you about Rogue Lawyer?

It was too scattered. This had no real story at all. What the heck happened with Naomi and more importantly, with Judith? Sorry John, this is not what I have come to expect from you.

Has Rogue Lawyer turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He was just fine.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

Sorry - I will be returning this for credit

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  • Diana
  • 24/11/2015

SHOULD HAVE BEEN DESCRIBED AS SHORT STORIES

no where, except in the reviews, is this book described as a series of (terrible) short stories about the cases of Sebastian Rudd. It wouldn't have as bad if there was a main story line running through the book with the additions of the other smaller/quicker cases. I am about half way through and after reading the more recent reviews considering not finishing. That's not something I do (only done it with one book I can think of). I often contemplate it but hold out and finish in case there are any redeeming qualities-but per the reviews it doesn't seem like thats the case. Too bad. Those of us that are Grisham fans look forward to the new releases, pre-order, download and listen right away. It is so disappointing when your expectations fall so short. Hope Grisham reads the reviews and adjusts for the next one. After all without the fans he will fade away.

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  • Margaret N. Chase
  • 22/10/2015

Rogue indeed

What disappointed you about Rogue Lawyer?

This is one of the least favorites of Grisham's work. A sorta kinda take off on Lincoln Lawyer but nowhere nearly as good as the least enjoyable of that series. The story begins ok but descends into a choppy mess. I will recommend that my friends do not waste their time.

What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

The lack of continuity.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment, is the word I choose because I had waited on this novel since it became available on the pre-order list. It was not up to my expectations at all. Boo!

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  • Chaislet
  • 10/12/2015

Couldn't even make it halfway through

Poorly written, one sided, arrogant and a waste of time to listen to. Completely self centered character

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  • Catherine
  • 31/10/2015

So BAD!!!!

John Grisham, what happened? This is a collection of short stories, but it's really more like the same story told over and over and OVER. Cops and politicians are stupid, lawyers are spineless except for the main character, who sees everything clearly and is "awesome". I tried to stick with it, but after the 3rd or 4th time around I got sick of it. Couldn't finish.

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  • Kathleen
  • 28/10/2015

Disappointed - not compared to his other books

Just a collection of short stories that aren't very good. Only thing in common is the lawyer.
Has he run out of great ideas for a book?

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  • Christopher
  • 21/10/2015

Bunch of short stories.

This was just a collection of short stories with a common character in common. Not really a novel. The only thing I'm grateful for is that he didn't overwrite these storries and make novels out of each of them. The common thread character is not a very likable person to begin with. I Listened till the end just to get it over with.

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  • Eric_in_Perkasie
  • 06/11/2015

Was this written by a "different" John Grisham?

This story was terrible and the central character Sebastian is as loathsome as most of the people he defends. Very disappointing and not what I've come to expect from a Grisham novel. Closer to supermarket checkout material. Stay away.

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  • Alrello
  • 24/10/2015

The worst Grisham EVER

After writing some of the best legal thrillers it's hard to believe that John Grisham sat down and wrote this trashy book. There is nothing to like about the story or the characters. In the beginning we learn that the accused murderer is a hardcore low life who deserves to be in prison even if he didn't commit the heinous crime. Attorney Sebastian Rudd, like other Grisham lawyers, is challenging the rotten legal system from page one. Then we switch to cage fighting and betting on fighters that he owns a percentage of. At that point it's time to push the eject button and realize you have been duped by a famous name. Avoid this book.

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  • Wayne
  • 20/10/2015

A major disappointment!!

I have been a Grisham fan since 1990. John Grisham was a consistently great author of legal thrillers for more than 20 years. During recent years he has been consistently inconsistent with some great novels and some mediocre ones with a bad one thrown in occasionally. The most recent great novel by Grisham was Sycamore Row which was released two years ago. One gets the feeling that he has lost interest in writing.

Rogue Lawyer is a bad novel; it is not merely mediocre and disappointing coming from one as talented as John Grisham. Unlike many Grisham books Rogue Lawyer does not deal with a single major case. It deals with several cases; the novel is more about the lawyer and his unusual style than about cases. The ending of the novel, the big case and the Rogue Lawyer's reaction, is totally predictable Boring!! I regret wasting 11 hours listening to Rogue Lawyer.

I'm reminded of Michael Connelly's wonderful Mickey Haller series where Haller runs his legal practice from a Cadillac rather than an office. The Rogue Lawyer runs his legal practice from a van rather than an office. Is Grisham looking to non-lawyer Connelly for ideas on writing legal thrillers?

Mark Deakins did as horrible job as possible as a narrator. He reads MUCH to slowly and his voice is simply wrong for the material.

My advice is do not waste your money and your time with Rogue Lawyer. If you must have the book, get the Kindle version rather than listening to the awful narration of the audiobook.



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  • Stefan
  • 09/11/2015

ein wenig den "Lincoln Layer" kopiert

Grisham nimmt Connellys Idee des Anwalts, der kein festes Büro hat und aus einem Auto heraus arbeitet, einen ehemaligen Mandanten als Fahrer beschäftigt und sich nicht immer ganz gesetzeskonform verhält, ganz unverhohlen auf.Sogar die Tatsache, dass er geschieden ist und von seinem leiblichen Kind getrennt lebt, wird kopiert.
Abgesehen davon, ein sehr gelungenes Buch, mit kurzweiliger story. Im Unterschied zu seinen vielen anderen Büchern, behandelt Grisham hier nicht nur einen Fall in ausführlicher Länge, sondern reiht viele kurze Mandanten aneinander, was sich als sehr abwechslungsreich erweist.
Insgesamt gut erzählt und vorgetragen.

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  • Nicole Pohl
  • 08/01/2016

Cynical snapshot in time of US the legal system

I came across this audio book by an audible recommendation. The short summary of the story made me curious immediately. Rogue Lawyer is the first novel by John Grisham I am listening to. Until then I only got in touch with some of his former novels brought to the big screen first of all The Firm or The Jury.

Rogue Lawyer put me into the story due to its episodically telling which is entertaining without being superficial and is read fluently without being simple narrated from the perspective of an even unusual kind of lawyer.

Protagonist Sebastian Rudd deals with clients for whom in most cases no ordinary lawyer wants to fight for because there is hardly a chance to win the trial or the customers themselves are a threat: So why Rudd? Because the legal system already made its judgement about the convicts long before or as Rudd says “It is not about justice. It is about winning.” This statement does not really manifest the belief in justice so far from a naïve or idealistic point of. The city or the people living in their peaceful and clean surroundings want justice from their very personal point of view – often far away from pinning the real criminals.

It is about careers, money or power. This is one side of the medal: Rudd also defends accused ones who did some bad crimes and tries to come to a more convenient agreement in the court or closed doors behind it. As Rudd knows that jurisdiction often helps itself to push the trial to come to the verdict he uses the same means to reach for his and his client interests. So on the one side Rudd has a strong conscience for justice whereas the lying and the base motives in court bring him to the conclusion to fight back with the same weapons. So at the end as a listener to that story your confidence in justice is some kind of challenged and of course you can only guess that Rudd has not many friends…this becomes obvious as he gets drawn into a case he loses more and more control about and where his family gets involved – especially his only son and leftover of a shattered marriage caused by a very perfidious move by the so called good guys.

Me myself I can realize that nevertheless Rudd has a deep settled understanding for justice – it is first of all an honest understanding. He only has to act out in left field to come to an end he is targeting for. Acting in this shadow zone between “good” and “bad” – “legal” and “illegal” Rudd is moving to reach for a finally very noble aim – justice in its original meaning: giving the accused a chance to come to his “human right” – nevertheless how this could end up or what “initiatives” have to be taken. In this case I have a lot of sympathy for him.

I hope to listen to some more narrations of this lawyer. Clear recommendation because I am convinced this is a quite realistic portrayal thanks to Mr. Grisham who is the credible factor here.

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  • Michael Hoffmeister
  • 05/12/2015

Hat mich gut unterhalten.

Nicht der beste Grisham, aber die unterschiedlichen Stories ergaben einen tollen Spannungsbogen . Ich warte auf den nächsten Grisham.

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  • Christoph Meyer
  • 30/04/2017

schwach

Das Buch ist insgesamt enttäuschend, die Geschichten sind so absurd konstruiert, da kann der stets bemühte Sprecher wenig ausrichten. Vielleicht können U.S. citizens hier mehr Charm entdecken - für mich viel, viel schwächer als ein Mickey Haller (Connelly).

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  • Moris
  • 14/05/2016

Not an overwhelming story

The n novel is Too short and the ending is too sudden. Could have been better.

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  • Margret
  • 31/01/2016

Schlechteste Grisham aller Zeiten

Würden Sie es noch mit einem anderen Hörbuch von John Grisham und/oder Mark Deakins versuchen?

Der Sprecher ist ok, wenn man "American drawl" mag. Einen weiteren Grisham würde ich erst nach sorgfältigem Lesen aller vorliegenden Rezensionen wählen.

Was hätte John Grisham anders machen müssen, damit Sie das Hörbuch mehr genossen hätten?

Dieses Buch liest sich wie eine relativ unzusammenhängende Abfolge einzelner Geschichten, die zudem noch relativ langweilig sind. Es entsteht der Eindruck, als habe Grisham auf die Schnelle ein Buch abliefern müssen, und ihm sei keine gute Story eingefallen. Zwar ist die Figur des Sebastian Rudd recht gut entwickelt, aber eine Storyline fehlt und das Buch wird mehr und mehr langweilig, so dass ich ganze Kapitel übersprungen habe - zum ersten Mal bei einem Hörbuch.

Würden Sie sich auch für ein anderes Hörbuch interessieren, das Mark Deakins spricht?

Nein, denn seine Aussprache entspricht nicht meinem Geschmack. Allerdings liest er ausgezeichnet, wenn man diesen "American drwal" mag.

Welche Emotionen hat dieses Hörbuch bei Ihnen ausgelöst? Ärger, Betroffenheit, Enttäuschung?

Aufgrund der zunehmenden Langeweile keinerlei Emotionen, nur Ärger über das verschwendete Geld - und die Zeit.

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