This book needs a timeline and the author should stick to it. Farrell goes in and out of decades like the dow chart on a volatile day. It was very difficult to keep the flow of the story in my head because in one paragraph he's discussing 1992 and in the next 2008 and back again before the next indent. It was difficult enough to remember the hundreds of names of all the players, but when you add the mixed up, back and forth, far past to near past recounts, I ultimately listened just to get what I could out of the facts. An outline would have been helpful for the reader and the author during his writing.
This book could have been reduced by a hundred pages or more. Once the trial started, the defense went on and on and on and on and on, I almost fast forwarded, but my iPod doesn't deal with skipping very well. The beginning of the story was a page turner, but I never once got to the point where I cared whether the defendant was found guilty or not. By the end of the book, I wasn't interested in listening anymore. Finally, the synopsis gave the impression that this was about the foreclosure crisis and all its trappings in the legal system... wrong. It was a murder case with the sparse mention of foreclosure as a motive. Certainly not this author's best work.
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