Michael was in a hurry. He was scrambling up the ladder at Drake & Sweeney, a giant D.C. law firm with eight hundred lawyers. The money was good and getting better; a partnership was three years away. He was a rising star with no time to waste, no time to stop, no time to toss a few coins into the cups of panhandlers. No time for a conscience.
The story centers on a hotshot lawyer-turned-crusader for social justice – in this case, an attorney named Michael Brock who leaves a high-powered firm to become a legal aid lawyer aiding indigent clients.
Ray Atlee is a professor at law at the University of Virginia. He’s forty-three, and still enduring the aftershocks of a surprise divorce. He has a younger brother Forrest, who’s their family’s black sheep. And his father, Judge Atlee, is a sick old man who lives alone in the family mansion in Clanton, Mississipi. Old Atlee feels that his end is near and issues a summons for both sons to return home.
Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States. He is also eccentric, reclusive, confined to a wheelchair, and looking for a way to die. His heirs, are circling like vultures. Nate O’Riley is a high-octane Washington litigator who’s lived too hard, too fast, for too long. He is emerging from his fourth stay in rehab. Returning to the real world is always difficult, but this time it’s going to be murder.
A billionaire defies his greedy relatives and leaves his $11 billion fortune to a mysterious illegitimate daughter doing charity work in the Brazilian wetlands. A down-and-out lawyer helps her battle her relatives over the fortune.
With two attorneys for parents, thirteen-year-old Theodore Boone knows more about the law than most lawyers do. But when a high profile murder trial comes to his small town and Theo gets pulled into it, it’s up to this amateur attorney to save the day.
“Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer” is John Grisham’s first children’s book and will be published on May 25, 2010.