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The Street Lawyer By John Grisham The Street Lawyer 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
  • Title: The Street Lawyer
  • Author: John Grisham
  • ISBN: 9780385339094
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Street Lawyer By John Grisham 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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    1. John Grisham

      Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60 70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby writing his first novel.Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player Realizing he didn t have the right stuff for a pro career, he shifted gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade in Southaven, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation In 1983, he was elected to the state House of Representatives and served until 1990.One day at the DeSoto County courthouse, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve year old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl s father had murdered her assailants Getting up at 5 a.m every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987 Initially rejected by many publishers, it was eventually bought by Wynwood Press, who gave it a modest 5,000 copy printing and published it in June 1988.That might have put an end to Grisham s hobby However, he had already begun his next book, and it would quickly turn that hobby into a new full time career and spark one of publishing s greatest success stories The day after Grisham completed A Time to Kill, he began work on another novel, the story of a hotshot young attorney lured to an apparently perfect law firm that was not what it appeared When he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures for 600,000, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers, and book rights were bought by Doubleday Spending 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991.The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham s reputation as the master of the legal thriller Grisham s success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was republished in hardcover by Doubleday and then in paperback by Dell This time around, it was a bestseller.Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, and The Broker and all of them have become international bestsellers There are currently over 225 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 29 languages Nine of his novels have been turned into films The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, The Runaway Jury, and Skipping Christmas , as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man The Innocent Man October 2006 marks his first foray into non fiction.Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.Grisham took time off from writing for several months in 1996 to return, after a five year hiatus, to the courtroom He was honoring a commitment made before he had retired from the law to become a full time writer representing the family of a railroad brakeman killed when he was pinned between two cars Preparing his case with the same passion and dedication as his books protagonists, Grisham successfully argued his clients case, earning them a jur

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    1. Potpuno sam subjektivna kada je u pitanju Gri am Najpre sam godina bila njegov prevodilac, a potom i urednik I apsolutno je nenadma an i maher kada su u pitanju legal trileri Ovu knjigu sam prevela pre 15 godina i nedavno je do ivela novo izdanje kod drugog izdava a


    2. 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 bo [...]


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


    4. 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 yearsThe 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 himse [...]


    5. Much 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.


    6. 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.


    7. 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 about this mysterious and d [...]


    8. 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 [...]


    9. 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 an [...]


    10. I think Grisham should always write in the first person His stories are livelier and 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. [...]


    11. 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 thi [...]


    12. O que leva um advogado bem sucedido a deixar o seu escrit rio luxuoso e virar advogado oficioso Quando um dia de manh Michael Brock encontra um sem abrigo porta do pr dio onde trabalha est 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 quest es humanit rias.


    13. 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 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 pos [...]


    14. 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 homeles [...]



    15. 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 fa [...]


    16. 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 cr [...]


    17. 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 w [...]


    18. 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 h [...]


    19. WOW I loved this book But for 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 money fighting the issue rather than helping.I loved Michael Brock what a [...]


    20. 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 definiti [...]


    21. 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


    22. I think I expected a little 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


    23. 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 S [...]


    24. Good but not as entertaining as his other booksVIEWER 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 homeles [...]


    25. 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 w [...]


    26. 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 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 c [...]


    27. 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 [...]


    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 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 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 [...]


    29. 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.


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