Written in 1998, The Street Lawyer follows a lawyer crashing down from a big income at a big firm to an almost penniless worker at a legal clinic helping the homeless. Michael Brock is the lawyer and his life is changed when a homeless man enters the big law firm with a gun.
The story is good and a little dated. I kept thinking about mobile phones (cell phones) and things that were different back in 1998. The story is also repetitive at times, pushing stuff about homeless people when it is not central to the story and needs mentioning only once. There are several important characters among the homeless and the background information is interesting when it is about them. Some of the other stuff drifts off into documentary mode.
I found the main lawyer character, Michael Brock, less interesting that some of John Grisham's other lawyers. The Street Lawyer is a good read and not one of his great reads.
The man with the rubber boots stepped into the elevator behind me, but I didn't see him at first. I smelled him though — the pungent odor of smoke and cheap wine and life on the streets without soap.We were all alone as we moved upwards, and when I finally glanced over I saw the boots, black and dirty and much too large. A frayed and tattered trench coat fell to his knees. Under it, layers of foul clothing bunched around his midsection, so that he appeared stocky, almost fat. Bit it wasn't from being well fed; in the wintertime in D.C., the street people wear everything they own, or so it seems.