A book review of The Street Lawyer by John Grisham
The setting of this novel is quite similar to a few of Grisham’s other books (The Firm, The Associate) in that it revolves around a powerful, big-money Law Firm, billing hours and churning out huge paycheques.
The story tracks the life of Michael Brock, one of the fastest-rising employees of the firm. He was living out his existence in 12-minute billing sections for which he exorbitantly charged his clients.
He was on his way to the top, fast-tracking to become a partner with an even bigger salary.
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His tunnel-vision approach to life changes dramatically when he has a violent encounter with a homeless man. The incident gnaws at his conscious causing him to question everything he has built his life around.
He starts to take a keener interest in the plight of the homeless; their daily struggles for food and shelter, as well as the protection of their legal rights when they have no way of affording an attorney.
He finds himself making some massive, life-changing decisions which baffle his family and colleagues. The choices lead him on a dangerous path fighting against everything he once supported.
I found it quite an interesting read. The story focuses on people’s priorities and asks pointed questions about whether just living for yourself will bring fulfilment in your life.