The Street Lawyer

The Street Lawyer

Large Print - 1998
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Michael was in a hurry. He was scrambling up the ladder at Drake & Sweeney, a giant D.C. 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
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 1998
ISBN: 9780385491006
Branch Call Number: LP F Gri
Characteristics: 348 p


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Jul 28, 2017

You just can't go wrong reading John Grisham. This book shines a light on corporate greed, social injustice and homelessness. It grabs your attention from the very beginning. Excellent read.

Mar 03, 2017

John Grisham accurately describes what is like working with the struggling and the homeless. Personal satisfaction rarely comes from improving a person's life or personal situation. It comes from knowing you showed a fellow human being the dignity and compassion they deserve.

Jul 22, 2016

The Street Lawyer
Review by John Holan

During my first two weeks of my summer I read The Street Lawyer by John Grisham, The story follows Micheal Brock and lawyer who works at the law firm of Drake & Sweeny in Washington working close to a partnership which in Law means millions of dollars.

One day at Drake and Sweeny a Homeless man by the name of Mister takes the same elevator as Micheal, and once he gets the floor he pulls a gun out and the Lawyers and Litigators and Basically shames them for not giving enough to the homeless.

After this happens Micheal goes into a pre-midlife crisis and decides to leave his opportunity to have millions and go into street law at The Street Law Clinic with his fellow friend Mordecai then after transferring some files from his old firms he finds something very curious.

An unauthorized destruction of a homeless shelter by River Oaks and Drake & Sweeny Micheal and Mordecai go into beast mode and try to hunt down Micheal’s old Law firm and River Oaks. Having the case pretty much being brought into their hands it’s still a nasty job, while Micheal was trying to photocopy and unauthorized file, he got into and Accident and forgot the file in his car. Once Drake & Sweeny noticed that the file was missing they charged Micheal with fraud and theft and it doesn’t help that the Judge was a criminal lawyer who highly respect the privacy of another Lawyers file.

After Micheal was charged with fraud this made the case less accomplishable and they couldn’t succeed as much as they had hope. Drake and Sweeny, scrambling to make a case because they know that if Micheal succeeds, it’s not just their money that’s being ruined, it’s their reputation.

Micheal was charged with fraud and was put in prison for twenty-four hours until Mordecai was forced to bail him out. After a trip the other Law office of Drake and Sweeny in Chicago he comes back with an airtight case in the bag. However the Judge is still in discontent about the thievery of the file but after a month of trials, paper work, arguing with the secretary, Micheal and Mordecai seal their case and come to an agreement that Drake and Sweeny will deliver ten million dollars to the damage of the unauthorized destruction of the shelter almost completely going broke.

Jun 10, 2016

Good read--not too many tedious courtroom details.

Jun 21, 2015

Grisham is too good a writer to put out a bad book but it's easy to forget that not every single book he writes can be a stelar. This one was good but I don't think one of his best

Jan 20, 2014

I really enjoyed this book. Does not have its usual fast pace, twist and turn, but it's a well-written story about homelessness, how society disregards it and how it could be helped by having a different attitude about it.

Jun 24, 2012

Though Grisham's dialogue and description remain crisp, the plot and character development in this book is lacking. In his attempt to convey the plight of the homeless, Grisham pummels his characters into two-dimensional caricatures and leaves his suspense plot by the wayside.

Mar 26, 2012

Michael Brock is on the fast track to make some serious money as a lawyer in a huge firm when a hostage situation with a homeless man leaves him shaken. After he learns more about the homeless and the lawyers who help them, he leaves the firm. A homeless family he meets was illegally evicted from a building owned by a client of his old firm. The family ends up dead and Brock?s new firm sues his old one. One partner at the big firm knew the eviction was illegal and concealed it. The story is pretty cut and dried. The main crux of the story is not really the lawsuit, but Brock?s journey from money hungry workaholic to laid back advocate of the poor. Fairly convincing but Grisham?s strong suit is not character development, but plots, so this one is a bit lacking.

Nov 06, 2011

Couldn't Finish.

mybibliothike Aug 02, 2010

Grabs you from the start. A lawyer re-thinks his 'fast' life & chooses to work with the homeless


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