'The best thriller writer alive' - Ken Follett
Sometimes you have to fight dirty to get clean.
Sebastian Rudd takes the cases no one else wants to take: the drug-addled punk accused of murdering two little girls; a crime lord on death row; a homeowner accused of shooting at a SWAT team.
Rudd believes that every person accused of a crime is entitled to a fair trial - even if he has to cheat to get one. He antagonises people from both sides of the law: his last office was firebombed, either by drug dealers or cops. He doesn't know or care which.
But things are about to get even more complicated for Sebastian. Arch Swanger is the prime suspect in the abduction and presumed murder of 21-year-old Jiliana Kemp, the daughter of the assistant chief of police. When Swanger asks Sebastian to represent him, he lets Sebastian in on a terrible secret . . . one that will threaten everything Sebastian holds dear.
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'Brilliant and Blistering!' - 5 STARS
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
“I’m a long-haired roguish zealot sick enough to fight for the rights of child killers and the like.” Meet Sebastian Rudd, John Grisham’s latest courtroom rebel. He’s contesting a double child murder charge against his unsavoury but innocent client. Rudd, too, is unsavoury, pushing the limits of the law to fight for society’s undesirables. Grisham has created an intoxicating antihero to lead this pacey, grubby thriller—one of the bestselling author’s strongest novels in years. We hurtled through it, uncovering gruesome truths about Rudd's harrowing cases and our eponymous leading man.
Sebastian Rudd, the narrator of this uninspired legal thriller from bestseller Grisham (Gray Mountain), describes himself a "lone gunman, a rogue who fights the system and hates injustice." Working in an unspecified Southern state, Rudd isn't afraid to defend unpopular clients, starting with a "brain-damaged eighteen-year-old dropout" named Gardy, who's charged with murdering two young girls. Since everyone is convinced of Gardy's guilt, Rudd faces a tough slog in trying to spring him and nail the real killer. Frequent death threats force him to live a nomadic and isolated existence. His sole friend is his bodyguard and confidant, known only as Partner. Grisham tries to humanize Rudd by making him the backer of an up-and-coming mixed martial artist, as well as the father of a second grader raised by his ex-wife and her current female partner, but he's more a stereotype than a full-blooded character. Some later plot developments, including the climactic jury trial, strain credibility.
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One of his best to date ...
John Grisham does it again with an exciting, edge of the seat novel that leaves you wondering whether there will be a sequel.
With many sub plots going on ... it’s just that good.
This book gripped me from the opening page and didn’t let go once.
It’s unlike his other stories - I found it more gritty and hardcore. Really looking forward to the next one in a series...hopefully I won’t have long to wait !!
One you cant put down ...