How I miss reading. I don’t have much time to read anymore because I often use my commute time to read and now I live on my school which means I no longer need to commute. Ever since I moved in, I still tried to read something but never been able to finish any book. So, when the holiday started I randomly picked one of the books I haven’t read from my shelf…the book was The Street Lawyer by John Grisham (it’s my first Grisham in many years, the last time I read one of his was in college). I am so happy that I can finish the book in short time (short to me but I am sure it’s still long time for many fast readers).
The Street Lawyer is an interesting read just like other Grisham’s books. I won’t say I am a fan of his books but I do admit that I enjoy reading his books when I have one but not exactly craving to read one…that’s why it takes years for me to finally read his book again. What I like about Grisham’s books is his ability to share the knowledge or information related to law and justice in a very simple and witty way. It never bored me when the book starts talking all that law thingy (he is like Michael Crichton, able to share complicated stuff in an interesting way).
Michael Brock is billing the hours, making the money, rushing relentlessly to the top of Brake & Sweeney, a giant D.C. law firm. One step away from partnership, Michael has it all. Then, in an instant, it all comes undone.
A homeless man takes nine lawyers hostage in the firm’s plush offices. When it is all over, the man’s blood is splattered on Michael’s face– and suddenly Michael is willing to do the unthinkable. Rediscovering a conscience he lost long ago, Michael is leaving the big time for the streets where his attacker once lived– and where society’s powerless need an advocate for justice.
But there’s one break Michael can’t make: from a secret that has floated up from the depths of Drake & Sweeney, from a confidential file that is now in Michael’s hands, and from a conspiracy that has already taken lives. Now Michael’s former partners are about to become his bitter enemies. Because to them, Michael Brock is the most dangerous man on the streets.
The blurb was the reason why I bought the book, it sounds intriguing. I found more than reading an intriguing book. The book showed us what street lawyer is. It also showed us how different lawyers can be, the ones who care more about wealth will work so hard and only think about how to bill their client more and more while the street lawyers work as hard as they can to defend people who most likely will never pay because their clients are the homeless. Their salary comes from donation or once in while they can have something big.
I think The Street Lawyer is more to the homeless than the intrigue in court. Reading about the shelters for the homeless made me realize that I have never once heard that there’s a shelter for the homeless here in my country. What happened to the homeless also made me more grateful to God that I still have good home and good work.
The Street Lawyer is the less thrilling book by Grisham that I have ever read but what makes it a good read is description of the street lawyers…the lawyers who work for heart more than for money. Every bit of the book is interesting, all the details on the shelters and the homeless (even though they don’t connect to the main case) are not something to skim through.
In short, I really like this book and it makes me want to buy another Grisham book.
“At the age of thirty-two, I was freed from the shakles of corporate servitude, and the money. I was left to follow my conscience.”