Summary

Michael was in a hurry. He was scrambling up the ladder at Drake & Sweeney, a giant D.C. law firm with 800 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.
©1998 John Grisham (P)1998 Random House, LLC
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"Fluent and fascinating. Few writers have so much to say, the skills to make reading what they say an irresistible pleasure -- and the clout to be able to say it to an audience of millions." ( Independent)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kirstine on 23-01-18

A engrossing morality story

This is certainly one of Grisham’s better books which I thoroughly enjoyed. It has many of the author’s hallmarks: the descriptions of the crushing work-load endured by ambitious lawyers; cynicism over the money-making tactics; and best of all the pitting of the little man against the hugely wealthy, big law firms.

After a gripping start as 8 lawyers are held captive in fear of their lives by a homeless man, the book transforms into a morality tale when one of them experiences an Epiphany that changes his life from being a high-flying corporate lawyer into one paid little working with a small group of street lawyers trying to solve the legal problems of the homeless. After he discovers that an employee of his old firm has engaged in an illegal action against some homeless people the pace of the book takes off as street lawyers take on the big law firm, with some surprising results.

The narrator is first class.

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5 out of 5 stars
By M on 28-07-15

This is vintage Grisham a must read

What a gripping storyline a reminder to all that misery is outside our door too and we are not doing much about it

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