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The Street Lawyer

by John Grisham

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | February 16, 1998 | Hardcover

The Street Lawyer is rated 3.8182 out of 5 by 11.
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, 9.54 × 6.46 × 1.13 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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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good Read. When starting this book i found that the plot wasn't as captivating as John Grisham's other books. Althougth the plot wasn't as captivating the author made up for it with very interesting developed characters. A good read.
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A real pager turner! I loved this book! I read it awhile ago but I still remember the story. This book had a law background and shows the extreme to which some people would go in order to achieve success. The story revolved around Michael, a lawyer striving to reach the top of the success ladder. After a life changing experience, he changes his priorities and decides to change his focus in life. It was so hard to put this book down. I read it all in one sitting. Plus, the ending has an unexpected twist!
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping Story I couldn't put his book down without thinking about what is going to happen next. Grishom does a great job in educating the reader about real life in this story and how one event in your life can change someone elses forever.
Date published: 2006-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! I'm on page 360 and I love it! This guy's awesome! I haven't read a chapter that made me want to burn the book, and I usually do!
Date published: 2003-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not In the Classic Vein If you're a John Grisham book, you might not be totally thrilled with this one. It's still a page turner but just not written in the classic vein that Grisham fans are used to. It's not a disappointment by any means, just keep this in mind: it won't be as intense or as dramatic as we're used to seeing from him.
Date published: 2000-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The truth lies within This Grisham book reveals a very deep truth about society and a part of this world that is becoming more and more evident. Only when we become confronted with an issue such as this, do we see how blind we've become.
Date published: 2000-10-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A disappointment. I am a John Grisham fan and have read practically all of his books. This book did not measure up to any of his previous novels. It started off mediocre, and went no where; it just never picked up. I kept reading and reading, hoping that something interesting would happen. The end came pretty quickly and I was left really disappointed.
Date published: 2000-07-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK... As a John Grisham fan I think that this book is not as exciting as his other work like "the firm" and "the client".nonetheless, it is good reading.
Date published: 2000-06-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a passable read While the intimate look at the life of America's homeless is touching, Grisham still sugar-coats the reality of the true harshness of living on the streets. The legal drama is superficial and ending leaves one unfulfilled and unaffected.
Date published: 2000-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great vacation book The Street Lawyer was definately my favorite Grisham book and I've read all of them. It's full of information about the homeless and it's written with genuine compassion. The protagonist's evolution from a selfish, money-obsessed young lawyer to a suffering man with a conscience is followed through with vivid detail. Unfortunately, Grisham's style leaves something to be desired. It's choppy, simplistic and writes like a movie script, but it does move the story along quickly and is a very easy read. This is a good vacation book when you want to put your brain on neutral and just enjoy a well-told story with a strong emphasis on social justice.
Date published: 1999-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Street Lawyer As usual, Grisham manages to hook the reader - this time with a very impressive opening scene of a homeless man who gains access to a very expensive law firm office where our hero is practicing law. After being held hostage, the protagonist suddenly loses interest in making the big dollar and starts finding out why there are so many homeless people. The fast-moving plot skewers the rich and uncaring, and our hero ends up leaving his firm and his marriage for the greener pastures of idealism. A good read. Short on characterization, but lots of information on the homeless.
Date published: 1998-12-26

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The Street Lawyer

by John Grisham

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 9.54 × 6.46 × 1.13 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


From the Paperback edition.

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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