Rogue Lawyer

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Rogue Lawyer
Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham cover.jpg
AuthorJohn Grisham
CountryUnited States
GenreLegal thriller
Publication date
October 20, 2015
Pages352 pp (Hardcover 1st edition)

Rogue Lawyer is a novel by John Grisham. It was released in hardcover, large print paperback, e-book, compact disc audiobook and downloadable audiobook on October 20, 2015.[1] It is a legal thriller about unconventional street lawyer Sebastian Rudd.[2] In November 2015, the novel was at the top of the New York Times Fiction Best Seller for two weeks.[3] The name "Max Mancini", Rudd's City Attorney adversary in the story, was chosen as a result of a fund-raising auction for the charity Reprieve.[4]

The February 4, 2016 reading of the book was the final book read on The Radio Reader before the May 5 death of host Dick Estell.[5]


Sebastian Rudd is a street lawyer, but not your typical street lawyer. His office is a black customized bulletproof van, complete with Wi-Fi, a bar, a small fridge, and fine leather chairs. He has no firm, no partners, and only one employee: his heavily armed driver, who used to be his client, and who also happens to be his bodyguard, law clerk, confidant, and golf caddie. Sebastian drinks small-batch bourbon and carries a gun. His beautiful ex-wife is a lawyer too, and she left him for another woman while still they were married. He only gets to see his son for 36 hours per month and his ex-wife wants to stop all visits. He defends people other lawyers won't go near: a drug-addled, tattooed kid rumored to be in a satanic cult who is accused of murdering two girls; a vicious crime lord on death row who escaped before his eyes; a homeowner arrested for shooting at a SWAT team that mistakenly invaded his house, and killed his wife and dogs; a Mixed martial arts fighter who killed a referee after losing a fight. In between these adventures, he's contacted by a serial kidnapper and killer who's involved in human trafficking, and knows the whereabouts of the assistant chief of police's missing daughter.


  1. ^ "Rogue Lawyer". Random House. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  2. ^ Miller, Jerry P. "Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham | LJ Review". Library Journal. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  3. ^ "Combined Print & E-Book Fiction". The New York Times. November 15, 2015. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  4. ^ "John Grisham gives charity the name of his next villain as a fund-raiser". November 15, 2015. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  5. ^ "Books Read August 2011 - present". May 10, 2016. Retrieved May 12, 2016.

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