Hodder and Stoughton

Not yet published at time of going to Post – October 2015

This book relates a small period in Sebastian Rudd’s life. He is an American lawyer on the edge – his clients are usually guilty and violent, the police and society happy are happy to convict whether the accused is guilty of what they are accused or not; he works on the darker side of the legal profession, a lone wolf trying where he can to do the best for his clients.

I will read more John Grisham books in future. This I picked up at work, when I needed something to keep my mind briefly occupied, and have read it with real enjoyment.

Apart from John Mortimer’s Rumpole and Judge John Deed (TV) I haven’t come across an English character in fiction quite like Rudd – I hope there is one out there, both in fiction and in fact. I suspect our legal processes, and our prejudices may be a little questionable too at times… It would be good to read about an English lawyer dealing with similar issues in the UK, if only for the legal convolutions and ramifications…

Rudd is not perfect, but he does try – and that is what drives these few chapters.

It is out on the 20th of October this year – but there is plenty of other fiction (and one non-fiction) by Grisham to read in the mean time…

Enjoy them.