As the name suggests, the story revolves around an ex-lawyer as he confronts his own failings. The book is but a frank appraisal as the main protagonist confronts his worse demons. As the ex-lawyer soon reviews his whole life he sees his failure in vivid detail and is able to better understand what he did wrong. The novel was developed to push you to confront your own failings and it does just that right from page one. This book is a must-read for all Camus fans, and moreover, it has been ranked as one of Albert Camus best books.