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Michael was in a hurry. He was scrambling up the ladder at Drake & Sweeney, a giant D.C. law firm with eight hundred lawyers. The money was good and getting better; a partnership was three years away. He was a rising star with no time to waste, no time to stop, no time to toss a few coins into the cups of panhandlers. No time for a conscience.But a violent encounter wiMichael was in a hurry. He was scrambling up the ladder at Drake & Sweeney, a giant D.C. law firm with eight hundred lawyers. The money was good and getting better; a partnership was three years away. He was a rising star with no time to waste, no time to stop, no time to toss a few coins into the cups of panhandlers. No time for a conscience.But a violent encounter with a homeless man stopped him cold. Michael survived; his assailant did not. Who was this man? Michael did some digging, and learned that he was a mentally ill veteran who'd been in and out of shelters for many years. Then Michael dug a little deeper, and found a dirty secret, and the secret involved Drake & Sweeney.The fast track derailed; the ladder collapsed. Michael bolted the firm and took a top-secret file with him. He landed in the streets, an advocate for the homeless, a street lawyer.And a thief.From the Hardcover edition....

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The Street Lawyer Reviews

  • Tea Jovanović
    2019-03-13 19:30

    Potpuno sam subjektivna kada je u pitanju Grišam... Najpre sam godina bila njegov prevodilac, a potom i urednik... I apsolutno je nenadmašan i maher kada su u pitanju "legal" trileri... :) Ovu knjigu sam prevela pre 15 godina i nedavno je doživela novo izdanje kod drugog izdavača...

  • Brian
    2019-02-23 20:34

    Prosperous people should feel guilty because there are homeless people in our cities. That is the main message in this Grisham novel. In the book are perfectly normal people who become homeless because they are down on their luck. Strangely, no mention is made of the primary sources of homelessness: drugs and mental illness. No, according to The Street Lawyer, the problem of homlessness is caused by the selfish prosperity of our country.Besides the misled preachiness of the story, it's also rather boring.

  • BillKerwin
    2019-03-06 19:14

    An entertaining thriller from John Grisham, this is also an excellent introduction to the plight of the homeless on the streets of D.C.

  • Natalie Vellacott
    2019-02-22 14:14

    I am re-reading some old John Grisham books that I enjoyed the first time round to see if my perspectives have changed in 10-15 years...The Street Lawyer was a favourite in the past. It tells the story of Michael, a wealthy lawyer climbing the ladder at a prosperous firm, Drake and Sweeney. His marriage is in trouble but he surrounds himself with work, competing with his soon to be ex-wife. Who is the most ambitious and who will earn the most money? But in a dramatic turn of events, Michael finds himself held hostage by a homeless person that his firm had been involved in evicting from a "squatters site." Life intact, Michael sees the emptiness of all of the things he has been seeking and sets about making some changes.....I think I will never be able to give a Grisham book less than three stars as I always enjoy them for the story alone. However, this book had me thinking on a different level this time around. What Grisham is presenting here is basically a call to action to help the homeless or what Christians might call a social Gospel but without the Gospel. This would be fine for a secular author but Grisham claims he is a Christian with a deep private faith.Grisham suggests through his novel that meeting the physical needs of a person will completely fulfill them. That feeding, clothing and sheltering people should be the goal of all those in a position to help financially and by giving time. Jesus tells us to help those in need and he had a special heart for the poor. God condemns those who neglect or abuse the poor and demands impartiality and justice. But that is not enough and doesn't get to the heart of a person's problems in life. It will not be the fulfillment they are looking for if they are not also told the truth about Jesus. I feel strongly about this issue as many are providing help without hope around the world. A focus on earthly matters does not prepare someone for eternity. This novel, still a page turner, left me feeling empty on second reading--there is no mention of God unlike some of Grisham's other books. I also struggled with the way the main character's marriage dissolved as if it was inevitable. The novel does highlight the meaninglessness of wealth and the purposelessness of climbing the corporate ladder. There is a little bad language, no sexual content and limited violence. Grisham fans will enjoy this book but maybe Christians should have a different perspective. For further discussion about help without hope see my posts below:http://christianmissionaryuk.blogspot...http://christianmissionaryuk.blogspot...Check out my John Grisham Shelf!

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-02-24 20:28

    Much more than the average legal thriller, The Street Lawyer sheds light on not only the stigma of mental illness, but also on the corruption of law and justice.

  • WK
    2019-03-13 19:16

    This is one of my favorite books of all time. Not only does one of the most admirable characters I've ever come across, it has a meaningful moral lesson thrown in for good measure.

  • Ethan
    2019-02-25 19:37

    I personally have become a recent fan of John Grisham’s book and to any of those fans out there, this is a book that will not disappoint you. Even for those who aren’t John Grisham fans, this book is a must read. Grisham captures the life of the impoverished and needy in downtown D.C. and he shows how the law treats different class’s different ways. This book is not only a page turner but a fast page turner. I found myself rushing at times, anxious to read on and discover more about this mysterious and dangerous case that Brock was working on. Grisham uses a narrative style that lets the reader into the main characters thinking and it help the reader discover the characters own traits and how he is affected by the events around him. Grisham used descriptive language beautifully in this book and I felt the words were jumping off the page for me to see them played out right in front of me. This book is not only compelling and exciting but it’s advocating for those who don’t have a voice themselves. Grisham uses the microphone he’s been giving through pages and words to illustrate the need our country has and the situations of many underprivileged people in our county. One thing that I’ve always liked and I’m sure others enjoy too, is the themes and moral lessons Grisham always has in his novels and how they all have a redeeming quality to them. Overall, I think this book was extremely well done and is one of Grisham’s finest. I highly recommend this book to all readers. Grisham, like always, captivated me with his exciting plots and deep description, making this one of the best books I have ever read. If you have the opportunity, give Street Lawyer a chance, you won’t regret it.

  • Candice
    2019-03-16 19:14

    Boring. Preachy. Heartbreaking. Disgusting. What was particularly disgusting was the protagonist's racism. There were remarks about a jury consisting of "12 black faces" ('cause there can't possibly be any white people in DC, right?) and the incredulous thought "a handsome white boy thrown in the pit!" and "the shoes in question were old Nike cross-trainers. They were not basketball shoes, and should not have appealed to [him.]" (because ALL black people play basketball, right?) Ugh. Michael Brock may have developed a conscience by accident after the incident at his office, but he failed to develop a personality. He was a flat and boring character who babbled and whined incessantly. Was I supposed to feel sorry for him? I didn't. Not for a second. I am a Grisham fan - or at least I was once upon a time - but I would not recommend this book to people looking for a thriller. The facts about homelessness are heartbreaking, and the struggles of the 14th Street Legal Clinic inspire sympathy, but other than that it's not worth reading.

  • Corey
    2019-03-04 19:34

    This book didn't feel like your typical Grisham courtroom drama, it just had a different feel to it, but in a good way. The Street Lawyer takes place in Washington DC, Michael Brock is working for a big law firm that pays big money. Until one day a homeless man enters the firm and takes Brock and many other lawyers hostage. The police take out the suspect, but afterword's Michael discovers something going on in the very firm he's been working for. So Brock has a change of heart, he quits the firm and takes to the streets, now working for a lower firm that help homeless people and doesn't pay Michael as much money.While reading this it broke my heart when introduced to the life of homeless people, even though the book was fiction, but that's the kind of stuff you see every day.Another winner by Grisham!

  • Jenny
    2019-03-11 14:41

    I think Grisham should always write in the first-person. His stories are livelier and more realistic from the first-person perspective. This novel is somewhere in the middle of his works, and it shows signs of becoming formulaic, but it still feels fairly fresh. The only reason that I'm giving it three stars and not four is that I didn't appreciate the racism implicit in ideas about homelessness in Washington D.C. Obviously, facts are facts, but there is a way to handle them without being sided one way.However, I really like Michael Brock, the main character from whose perspective the story is told. I like Mordecai Green, the street lawyer from whom Michael learns, and I appreciate Grisham's obvious respect for the "real Mordecai Greens" as he calls them in his thank yous. The book is entertaining, but it's also educational and eye-opening. Working at a public library located downtown in a suburban city, I encounter homeless people and poor people often. I've become familiar with some of their ways and their struggles. I both empathize and sympathize. I'm sure, though, that most of Grisham's readers, like him, never knew much or understood much or even cared much about the homeless. This book is a way to show people the truth about the plights of the homeless around the country, starting with the nation's capital.I recommend this book to Grisham fans, to readers who enjoy books about lawyers, and to anyone interested in learning more about the homeless and the people who work for and with them.

  • Salymar
    2019-03-04 14:35

    “Privileged people don't march and protest; their world is safe and clean and governed by laws designed to keep them happy.”--J. Grisham, The Street LawywerThis was the first John Grisham book I've read. And THIS HAS BEEN AT THE TOP OF MY MOST FAVORITE AWESOME-JOHN GRISHAM- BOOK-LIST.The novel is very idealistic, it's about a rich lawyer trying to find the purpose of his job- as an attorney.-It describes a life of a RICH LAWYER WITH A CONSCIENCE.I LOVE THIS BOOK.It's always my dream to be a lawyer and this book had been useful to me because it settled my character and belief as a future attorney -- That "MONEY IS NOT EVERYTHING AND MONEY DOES NOT DEFINE WHAT A LAWYER DOES" ;)

  • Ana
    2019-02-20 13:17

    O que leva um advogado bem sucedido a deixar o seu escritório luxuoso e virar advogado oficioso ??Quando um dia de manhã Michael Brock encontra um sem abrigo à porta do prédio onde trabalha está longe de imaginar que esse encontro casual vai modificar a sua vida pessoal e profissional. Desta vez a vertente judicial dos livros de Grisham cede um pouco para as questões humanitárias.

  • Devina
    2019-02-28 19:33

    3 measly stars compared to what it could have been.************First off, I think this would have been a great book, not great as in ‘gonna be a classic one day’ or a ‘bookshelf must have’, but great as in ‘an abrupt reality check right up close and personal’. But it wasn’t. What put me off was: 1. Michael’s apparent racism which Candice, a fellow goodreads reviewer, had aptly put it:What was particularly disgusting was the protagonist's racism. There were remarks about a jury consisting of "12 black faces" ('cause there can't possibly be any white people in DC, right?) and the incredulous thought "a handsome white boy thrown in the pit!" and "the shoes in question were old Nike cross-trainers. They were not basketball shoes, and should not have appealed to [him.]" (because ALL black people play basketball, right?) Ugh.I can’t say if Grisham had intended his guy to be such a jerk, I doubt it though. What if he just stated what he did (refer to the quote above) for descriptive purposes because later he befriends a coloured lawyer who for years has passionately advocated people who can’t afford much representation at all. Then again he, Grisham, is supposed to be this kick-butt writer of courtroom action and by now think he should be an expert at this sort of literary maneuver. Or fact is he might not be all that kick-butt after all but I can’t judge as yet because this would be the second book of his that I’ve read so far.2. and lack of character development and Candice once again seemed to have read my thoughts:Michael Brock may have developed a conscience by accident after the incident at his office, but he failed to develop a personality. He was a flat and boring character who babbled and whined incessantly. Was I supposed to feel sorry for him? I didn't. Not for a second. Okay, maybe I felt a little sorry for Michael but it’s negligible. I’m glad that he was woken up from that crazy cycle lawyers run in almost like hamsters in suits and expensive haircuts. Also about the ‘accidental conscience’ otherwise we wouldn’t have a story and he actually advanced as a good human being. Yay, Mikey. Something what I suspect Grisham got almost right was the poverty, the glimpses of the life of street people seen through Michael’s eyes. The corruption. The profits that are being raked up at the expense of the less fortunate whose voices are leaves in the wind. Michael became didn’t really become that voice because it was already there, what he did was add to it and made it stronger and brought down the hand of justice. At the end of the day he might not be making much as he had before but it’s worth it. I liked him more for it.I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone who wants a thriller because it isn’t, doesn’t really come close but I wouldn’t tell anyone not to read it either, for me it fell in to the ‘okay’ category.

  • Daniel Bastian
    2019-03-20 18:22

    Equal parts sobering and illuminating, The Street Lawyer was my first introduction to Grisham. (I tend to avoid household names; just below the mainstream is where I feel most at home.) Nevertheless, I was mightily impressed with this mid-career novel of his (1998) and the social concerns it raises.The story, set in D.C., follows Michael Brock, a Big-firm attorney who finds himself in the right place at the wrong time. He and his colleagues are taken hostage in their own office suite by a deranged homeless man bent on revenge. The gunman is dispatched, and as the smoke settles the firm is left wondering what it all meant. Before Brock can shake off his narrow brush with death and return to normalcy, he is leaked a string of information that incriminates his own firm. He soon discovers that the departed gunman and dozens of other underprivileged men, women and families were victims of a wrongful eviction by Drake & Sweeney which resulted in a number of untimely deaths.As he comes to terms with the homelessness crisis in the city and the full extent of his firm's involvement, disillusionment sets in and Brock is compelled to course-correct both his career and his life. He walks away from his six-figure salary and Lexus to join up with one of D.C.'s most vocal defenders of social justice and the rights of the homeless. In his pursuit of answers and culprits, he plays fast and loose with the law, complicating the inevitable showdown with his former employers. Brock and his new co-litigator prepare a momentous lawsuit, attended in due course by a tumult of media attention covering the plight of society's downtrodden and the callous actions of the defendants. With their unexceptionable reputation on the line, Drake & Sweeney refuse to go down without a fight, hounding Brock relentlessly in an effort cover up their wrongdoing.I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Grisham managed to compose a thrilling narrative that shines a light onto a part of society that most would rather not see or think about without being overly preachy or histrionic. The attorney-speak is kept to a minimum, and the characters involved are easy to connect with. I look forward to delving further into Grisham's corpus.

  • Krissy
    2019-02-27 21:18

    My first Grisham novel. I really enjoyed it!

  • Huma Khan
    2019-03-12 20:44

    One of my favourite authors is John Grisham. His books are one of the reasons that I decided to study Law for my degree. Even though his portrayal of the law and the job that comes with it is slightly exaggerated and intense, I believe there is truth behind his novels. He is an American lawyer specialising in Criminal law. This is evident within his novels as he is best known for his legal thrillers. I have read the majority of his books and out of all of them, The Street Lawyer has by far been my favourite read. The Street Lawyer is a story of a wealthy, successful lawyer in Washington DC, Michael Brock. One day at work within his law firm, Drake and Sweeney, they are challenged by a homeless old man who walks into the office armed. The old man is shot by the police and Michael, in shock by this, investigates and soon realises that his law firm had made the old man homeless. With his marriage breaking up in his personal life and the trouble surrounding him in his professional career, he decides he can no longer work for the law firm. He meets Mordecai Green, who runs a law firm which helps the homeless, and decides to join him. Michael goes against his law firm and steals evidence from them which proves that the company evicted the old man and other tenants. Michael leaves his wife and begins work in a shelter for the homeless. His company realise that he knows the truth and do everything possible to try and stop him from revealing their dark secrets, resulting in his arrest. The book then builds on the case where Mordecai Green defends him.The book is gripping in the sense that you don't know what the company are going to do next. They are so desperate to keep their secrets hidden and it is scary to read how far they are prepared to go to stop Michael, their ex co-worker and friend. The most appealing aspect of the book to me is not just the law system and the corruptions which surround it, but also the storyline regarding the homeless. In reality, a growing number of people in big cities are homeless. Some lose their jobs and cannot afford to live; some leave their home or are forced to leave their home to avoid domestic violence and abuse. Whatever the reason, the sad truth is that the local governments have shelters but they are usually crowded. Charities run hostels and soup kitchens where they offer hot food but even they are crowded and, sadly, some end up on the streets and survive by begging. Young people tend to find seeing someone on the streets somewhat amusing and I think the reason for this is that they are not educated behind the reasons of what can put a person in this position. The systems to provide shelter are long winded by paperwork and old-fashioned traditions, leaving the homeless helpless and lost. Unfortunately, this happens more than we, as society, like to acknowledge and it is easy to forget. So I like this book because it broadens your mind about everyday life occurrences and shows you the ugly truth which society tries to avoid.I would say this book is appropriate to read from the ages of 11 and above. I read this book at a very young age myself and it really makes me grateful to my teachers who made it possible for me to read. The Street Lawyer always reminds me that education is a powerful instrument which can make a difference in your development, both academically and socially. Reading not only develops your imagination but can change you as a person. If mature reading can be instilled into an individual from a very young age, it will have a positive effect on their future aspirations. I believe this book can be used to make older students discuss attitudes toward the poor and homeless, developing their social awareness skills. The book teaches you about helping those in need and looking beyond the face surface of situations. It can also be used for students to begin thinking about their future aspirations and maybe if they want to carry out a career in law or even anything else. Students can also be asked to carry out role-play activities in relation to the conversation between the characters in the book. This will involve working together in pairs or in a group with the aim of creating a scene from their own interpretation and understanding of the book. There is a certain emphasis on the media within the book so the book can be used to promote interest in one of the powerful sources of society which acts as a social change. Students can be divided into groups to talk about the media, focusing on the power of the media and how their intervention changed the course of events. This can lead to intellectual discussions and also may get young adults to engage in conversations over every day events and how they are portrayed in the news and newspapers today. This book can be used with young people for many activities. Reading this book can be viewed as both relaxing and fun, but at the same time educational. It is insightful, interesting and thrilling, all at the same time.

  • Seth
    2019-03-12 21:27

    If I had to describe "The Street Lawyer" in one word, the word I would choose is propaganda.It tells the tale of a yuppie lawyer named Michael Brock who reorders his priorities in life after he's held hostage by a homeless man for an afternoon. He quits his high-paying job even though he's only a couple of years from making partner - and goes to work for a free legal clinic that helps the homeless. He thinks his old firm was partially responsible for the deaths of a homeless family, so he commits a crime on the way out the door that will help him figure it out. And so the rest of the book is him trying to get his old firm before they get him.It wasn't really a thrill ride. I think Grisham just wanted to write a book about homeless people.****SPOILER ALERT!****The resolution of the conflict is that they settle out of court. Wow! What a climax!****END SPOILER ALERT****There was a subplot where Michael's marriage to his yuppie wife is coming to an end. She keeps popping up in the story here and there and I was half expecting them to maybe reconcile but it just gets to the point where she isn't mentioned anymore. Kind of a letdown. Instead he likes this other homeless crusader who has about one line in the whole book. I didn't like the main character at all. He was a major league dumb-bunny. I didn't like him when he was a rich lawyer and I didn't like him when he was a poor lawyer. The book was just okay. It didn't really fall into the Grisham "legal thriller" genre. Nothing thrilling ever happened - it was kind of like "The Chamber" in that respect. At the end, I was just sort of like, "I spent how many hours reading for that?"In conclusion, we should take care of the homeless. Otherwise, they will turn on us. I think that was the point he was trying to get across in this book.

  • Michael
    2019-02-24 14:44

    I read a few of Grisham's early books years ago (The Firm, A Time To Kill) and thought they were, for the most part, formulaic legal fiction. I wouldn't normally have picked up another one of his novels,but years ago I read a short article he wrote for a high school magazine about how he researched The Street Lawyer, and I was intrigued. I finally grabbed the book last week and read it over the weekend. Standard fare for a Grisham novel: a young lawyer going up against a corrupt, powerful legal firm where dark deeds have been committed at the expense of the little guy. What made The Street Lawyer interesting was the head-on way in which the author dealt with homelessness in Washington, DC. It's quite remarkable to think that, in the most powerful and wealthy country history has ever seen, our capital is absolutely filled with poor black people. Nearly 20% of all the people living in the District of Columbia are poor (and that's using the Census Bureau's numbers, which are notoriously inaccurate). Having been to DC many times, I can tell you that the difference between the capital and some of the surrounding neighborhoods is stark. So the author does a good job juxtaposing the wealthy and powerful elite of Washington with the hopeless, homeless, drug-addicted human refuge that tends to wash up on the front steps of the mighty. It made for a compelling, page-turning story even as I knew it was going to end up in tense courtroom standoff during the last twenty pages, with an outcome that was never in doubt. If you are looking for a quick and surprisingly thoughtful read, this one is for you. Fun, light stuff with a soul.

  • Trudee Hunter
    2019-03-11 16:26

    A lawyer with a conscience? A Homeless man with a message? A law firm held to ransom? So much drama and so effectively told. We are taken quite brutally into the uncomfortable, compelling, and ugly world of homelessness which for manifold reasons exist in ever-increasing numbers in cities all around the world. Michael Brock is a man of character; a man who discovers he cannot live with who he thought he was, following a frightening hold up in his office. He witnesses the fear, disbelief and horror of his peers at Drake and Sweeney during this stressful situation but the apparent ease with which they resumed normality(post trauma)eludes him.He gives up a lot in his quest to make peace with his soul, and it wasn't easy to convince Mordecai (Director of the 14th Street Legal Clinic and advocate of the homeless)that he was in it for the long haul. Michael's marriage is in trouble. Claire is puzzled with the change occuring in her husband, unsure if she likes the new Michael any him better than the one she had married. As a reader, I really wanted things to work out for them; feeling great empathy for this man who'd become energized with fresh passion and vision. But as any avid reader will tell you, our wishes don't always come true. Who would settle for predictability anyway? Not me!

  • Sandy
    2019-02-23 15:20

    WOW! I loved this book!! But for more reasons than the story itself. Published in 1998, before the current financial collapse, Grisham based this story around the homeless. If the homeless population was bad then, I can only imagine what it is presently. People in general look at the homeless as lazy and uneducated not worthy of their time or money. Nothing could be farther than the truth. The government talks a good talk but spends more money fighting the issue rather than helping.I loved Michael Brock - what a great man he turned out to be. And we need more Hectors and Megans. And, as Grisham wrote in his Author's Notes, thank you to all the Mordecai's out there.This is a great book to read if you ever wondered how people became homeless. What an eye opener. The story kept me enthralled. I didn't want to put it down.

  • Brandon
    2019-03-06 19:33

    The book is great and moves for the first couple of chapters... And then falls off a cliff and remains stale and boring. This book had potential, and while it is excessively preachy about the sins of rich folk, the message still could've made a good book. The problem was that I didn't care about any of the people. The main character is whiney and obnoxious so its hard to even care about the supposed transformation he's going through to become a "better person." Whether you believe that the books definition of better person is true or not, it's hard to care about the character when you just want them to shut up. Further, the book spends an excessive amount of time on the characters failing marriage and the issues with his ever charming wife (not that he's an angel either), but ultimately that entire plot line is pointless. Just more of him whining and then they don't even get back together. I understand it's supposed to show the additional stress he's under, but it completely detracted and pulled attention away from the preachy rhetoric, which was supposed to be the point of the book. Ultimately, if you're a liberal and want to read a book and go yeah screw rich people, or if you're a self depreciating rich person that wants to feel guilty about not doing enough charity work, than this book is for you. If not then you'll probably hate yourself for the hours of your life you'll waste trudging through this 400 pg preachfest.

  • Muneeb
    2019-03-03 19:33

    I loved this book. I was hooked from the start and read the first 1/3 in the first go.This book talks about some of the issues of homelessness and it gives you a lot of food for thought.Highly recommend reading this to everyone

  • Edmond Gagnon
    2019-03-08 18:37

    I think I expected a little more from Grisham, but there was nothing wrong with this book. I gives you a scary look at the homeless people that are all around us. Good characters in a very good story.A good read!

  • Adam Nelson
    2019-02-22 16:19

    I was very pleasantly surprised by this one. I always enjoy Grisham on a four-star kind of basis, but this one went deeper and really resonated with me. Something I've always liked about Grisham is that his legal thrillers are never just that. They're deeply human and they touch the emotions. Some people might think he's emotionally manipulative, and that's fine, but I enjoy having my emotions manipulated in the right way sometimes. I'm realizing that I read Grisham because I want to feel something. Sometimes there's an against-all-odds happiness you get from his stories (some more than others), and this is one of those. The fact that the happiness is set in the context of vindication for the homeless of Washington, D.C., makes it even more fulfilling to read. I think the emotional manipulation is especially well applied here. Grisham has an agenda, which is to get you to care about the homeless. It's underlying and somewhat subtle, however, because some of the standard Grisham hallmarks are there, like the big evil corporate firm that illegally evicted the squatters who were actually tenants without giving them notice and the lawyer who, when he realized what was going on, left the firm and took them on at great personal risk. But Grisham writes deeply personal and affecting scenes, such as Brock's interaction with Orlando Burton and holding his baby brother while their mother, Lontae, got some desperately needed rest. And what happens to them will utterly destroy you and break your heart. If you're not touched by the tender moments and the tragedy, I probably don't want to know you, especially since this kind of thing can and does happen in the world we live in. The denouement of the novel doesn't all of a sudden have the homeless winning the lottery or anything like that, but it has something even better...*SPOILER WARNING*in that Arthur Jacobs commits all the lawyers in his firm to work with Michael Brock in contributing a few hours each week to pro bono work with the homeless. This is Mr. Brock goes to Washington-type stuff, very Capra-esque. It's an ideal picture of what those in power should do--just GIVE of themselves, just a little bit, to make the world a better place. It's a story that leaves you in tears, both sad and happy. I very much thank Mr. Grisham for this journey. His stories always have so much heart, and I enjoy being so deeply touched. It happens sometimes without me knowing, as the legal matters are intriguing enough to hold my attention by themselves.

  • Jane Stewart
    2019-03-20 16:20

    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 Firm5 stars. The Client5 stars. The Pelican Brief5 stars. The Runaway Jury4 ½ stars. The Rainmaker4 stars. Playing for Pizza3 stars. The Partner3 stars. The Street Lawyer2 stars. The Chamber

  • Marleen
    2019-03-01 20:17

    A compelling, thrilling and refreshing read by Grisham. I wasn’t expecting it, but I was pleasantly surprised and captivated by the story of Michael Brock, a 32-year old corporate lawyer, specializing in anti-trust, on the fast-track to become partner in a big D.C. law firm. Until one day his life changes for good, when a homeless man takes him and 8 other lawyers hostage in a conference room.Michael doesn’t walk away unscathed in the sense that he’s the only one of the hostages who wants to know why this homeless man did what he did and had to be taken out by a sniper for it. The knowing the facts behind the hostage situation gives Michael pause and this makes him question his values and standing in life.I could totally relate to the world of corporate law because I used to work in a legal department, and what I learned from that experience is that money is a the only motivator in corporate law.Once Michael decides that he has to put his legal knowledge to help the homeless and starts to work at the legal clinic the book takes us on a new path. The plight of the homeless in D.C. is very well documented in this story. Although, as a reader, you worry about Michael, who leaves behind security and the only way of life he's known so far. Ultimately, you can only admire him, and all the people who endeavor to help the homeless. This was an excellent read, also because the author kept it entertaining.

  • Andrea Ika
    2019-03-20 15:19

    The Street Lawyer is a pretty interesting book that talks about an experience that a lawyer had when he was held hostage by homeless man and the investigation that he went through to find out why the homeless why did what he did Thought-provoking with a razor-sharp plot line. This book moved me to be aware of the less fortunate in my own community, and I will do more to help others who need it.I highly recommend this if you enjoy human-interest combined with top-notch story telling. This is the best cover-to-cover book I have read in quite a while. The story grabbed me from paragraph one and I could barely put it down until three, long nighters later, I finished the last. I really appreciated the subject matter (homelessness in a large city) and at the same time really enjoyed loosing myself in the story. It left me with a five-star reading experience and some reflections as well.All in all, this is a gripping tale that is not only worth reading, but worth recommending. My habits will probably change based on having read this book

  • Kristine Hansen
    2019-03-04 20:32

    Interesting premise, a high priced lawyer becomes an advocate for the homeless after being held hostage by a man wronged by his firm. Interesting, decent paced story. My only complaint is the occasional tirade blaming the republicans for everything that led up to the homeless problem in D.C. (not wanting to get political, but seriously I'd say there's a lot of blame that can be laid all the way around for homelessness, not just on the doorstep of one political party or even one group of people. It's a bigger problem than that, with no quick easy fixes as we've seen again and again. OK...rant done).I was happy to note a happier ending than the last Grisham book I've read. Solid characters, a mess of a problem with a fairly neat solution. There's no Perry Mason theatrics here, but the ending makes a lot of sense. Don't you wish you had a Mordecai Green you could call if you ever got into trouble?

  • Nathan
    2019-02-27 21:28

    This was the first John Grisham book I've read. The story was straightforward and interesting, but the book was surprisingly less gripping than I expected from Grisham. I expected more plot twists, betrayals, and fast action. Instead, the story was actually quite predictable. On the other hand, it certainly never dragged, and it was actually quite believable, which is more than I can say about the Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, or Michael Crichton books that I've read (which is sort of the pop-fiction group I've always put Grisham in).I'm planning to return this book to the library and check out one of Grisham's more famous books, like The Firm or The Client or The Pelican Brief or something like that. Maybe this book wasn't typical Grisham. I'll let you know.

  • Gerald Curtis
    2019-02-21 21:31

    Basically an expose on the plight of the homeless, but lots of light-hearted lawyer stuff as a high profile lawyer finds himself almost homeless himself, and engulfed in helping some homeless to sue his former high profile firm. It was fun.