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The Street Lawyer

by John Grisham

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | February 16, 1998 | Hardcover

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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 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 3.76 × 2.54 × 0.44 in

Published: February 16, 1998

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385490992

ISBN - 13: 9780385490993

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The Street Lawyer

by John Grisham

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 3.76 × 2.54 × 0.44 in

Published: February 16, 1998

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385490992

ISBN - 13: 9780385490993

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One The man with the rubber boots stepped into the elevator behind me, but I didn''t see him at first. I smelled him though--the pungent odor of smoke and cheap wine and life on the street without soap. We were alone as we moved upward, and when I finally glanced over I saw the boots, black and dirty and much too large. A frayed and tattered trench coat fell to his knees. Under it, layers of foul clothing bunched around his midsection, so that he appeared stocky, almost fat. But it wasn''t from being well fed; in the wintertime in D.C., the street people wear everything they own, or so it seems. He was black and aging--his beard and hair were half-gray and hadn''t been washed or cut in years. He looked straight ahead through thick sunglasses, thoroughly ignoring me, and making me wonder for a second why, exactly, I was inspecting him. He didn''t belong. It was not his building, not his elevator, not a place he could afford. The lawyers on all eight floors worked for my firm at hourly rates that still seemed obscene to me, even after seven years. Just another street bum in from the cold. Happened all the time in downtown Washington. But we had security guards to deal with the riffraff. We stopped at six, and I noticed for the first time that he had not pushed a button, had not selected a floor. He was following me. I made a quick exit, and as I stepped into the splendid marble foyer of Drake & Sweeney I glanced over my shoulder just long enough to see him standing in the e
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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 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 Jacket

"Compelling...if there's any justice, The Street Lawyer will be his biggest hit yet." -Entertainment Weekly

"An entertaining read with an important theme."-Chicago Sun-Times

"The plot surges forward, pulling us along as we turn those pages a mile a minute." -San Francisco Chronicle

A Main Selection of the Literary Guild and the Doubleday Book Club


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About the Author

John Grisham lives with his family in Virginia and Mississippi.  His previous novels are A Time to Kill, The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, and The Partner.


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From Our Editors

From the phenomenally bestselling author of "A Time to Kill, The Firm, The Client, The Chamber, The Partner", and other blockbuster novels comes "The Street Lawyer", a new legal thriller. Major national media publicity, including radio & airline promos & online promos.

Editorial Reviews

"Compelling...if there''s any justice, The Street Lawyer will be his biggest hit yet." -Entertainment Weekly

"An entertaining read with an important theme."-Chicago Sun-Times

"The plot surges forward, pulling us along as we turn those pages a mile a minute." -San Francisco Chronicle

A Main Selection of the Literary Guild and the Doubleday Book Club


From the Paperback edition.
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