In Rogue Lawyer, John Grisham created Sebastian Rudd, the kind of fictional character I like to spend time with. He ’s a solid defense attorney. He has a passion for people who seem to be getting railroaded by corrupt or incompetent members of the justice system. Most often his clients don’t come from the better parts of town. The key thing is that Sebastian digs deeper when someone comes to him and says they are innocent. Once he is convinced of their innocence, he’ll fight hard with his entire bag of tricks to ensure their freedom.
Do you remember Rudy Baylor in The Rainmaker, another one of John Grisham’s novels? That book/film featured a just-out-of-law-school attorney who was straight-up honest, a guy who found it hard to believe that an insurance company would not do what it promised it would do. (Rudy Baylor was played beautifully by Matt Damon in the film version.) Well, to my way of thinking, Sebastian Rudd is that young lawyer, but now he’s twenty years older and wiser. He knows, without a doubt, that there are businesses and cops and prosecutors and judges whose main goal is to advance themselves and their agendas.
Rogue Lawyer is a series of short stories about various cases that Sebastian Rudd has undertaken. The stories are excellent. Rogue Lawyer was soon joined by The Partner, an additional story about Lawyer Rudd. This story is probably my favorite. It could easily have been inspired by headlines we’ve read the last few years. A cop was killed in a neighborhood known for high crime, drug use and gang activity. A young father the cop shot was arrested for his murder. There were a couple of witnesses no one saw, but who are too afraid to come forward. A most unlikely person hired Sebastian to represent the young father. Can the “Rogue Lawyer” find the truth and a way to justice?
These two books are those of a master storyteller. It’s classic John Grisham. I highly recommend you give them a try.