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The Color of Law: A Novel | [Mark Gimenez]

The Color of Law: A Novel

A poor-boy college football hero turned successful partner at a prominent Dallas firm, who long ago checked his conscience at the door, catches a case that forces him to choose between his enviable lifestyle and doing the right thing in this masterful debut legal thriller.
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Publisher's Summary

A poor-boy college football hero turned successful partner at a prominent Dallas firm, who long ago checked his conscience at the door, catches a case that forces him to choose between his enviable lifestyle and doing the right thing in this masterful debut legal thriller.

Clark McCall, ne'er-do-well son of Texas millionaire senator and presidential hopeful Mack McCall, puts a major crimp in his father's election plans when he winds up murdered, apparently by Shawanda Jones, a heroin-addicted hooker, after a tawdry night of booze, drugs, and rough sex.

Scott Fenney, who's worked his way to being a partner at an elite Dallas law firm, is assigned to provide Shawanda's pro bono defense after the federal judge on the case hears him deliver an inspiring, altruistic, and completely insincere, speech to the local bar association. Scott plans to farm the case out to an old law school buddy, do-good-attorney Bobby Herrin. But his plans go awry when Shawanda puts her foot down in court and refuses to be passed off to the lawyer she considers the lesser attorney.

As the case unfolds, pressure is exerted on Scott to deter him from being too aggressive in his defense of Shawanda. That pressure becomes palpable as Scott is slowly stripped of the things he's come to care for most. Will he do the right thing, at a terrible cost, or the easy thing and keep his hard-earned fabulous life?

With echoes of early John Grisham, The Color of Law is a provocative listen that marks the stunning debut of a major new talent.

©2005 Mark Gimenez; (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This is a well-calibrated contemporary morality play, set in get-rich-quick Dallas, with tours of country clubs and gated communities, and knowledgeable forays into Darwinian legal tactics. Gimenez also gives us a hateful character who becomes more sympathetic the more he fails. Fast-paced and thought-provoking fare." (Booklist)

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    MEMcL Carlsbad, CA 11-26-05
    MEMcL Carlsbad, CA 11-26-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Carlsbad reader"

    The story line is predictable, but the character development is good, and it held my interest. However, it had such a Perry Mason ending as to make it totally unbelievable. It almost seemed as if the author said that the book had to end now, and just pulled out an "I can't tell a lie...I did it!" ending. Very disappointing!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    PETER WADE CINCINNATI, OH United States 01-03-09
    PETER WADE CINCINNATI, OH United States 01-03-09 Listener Since 2004
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    "A Delight"

    Having never heard of the author, I took a chance and was rewarded by a listen that was well-crafted, entertaining and had a serious message that could be a wake-up call for our society. Yeah, the plot is a little predictable and the good guy is a little bit of a cartoon character, but this one is worth it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert pleasanton, CA, United States 02-02-08
    Robert pleasanton, CA, United States 02-02-08
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    "Easy listening"

    I have listened to this book twice. Just found it to be pleasant enjoyable book. Not a thriller or suspensful story, but a good story of people who's world gets turned upside down and have to make some tough decissions for the best.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas mission viejo, CA, USA 12-22-05
    Douglas mission viejo, CA, USA 12-22-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Great"

    Compelling, hard to put down. The narration adds to the story. Highly recommended

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    S. Blaine Los Angeles CA 12-04-05
    S. Blaine Los Angeles CA 12-04-05

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    "Enjoyable read"

    Very enjoyable book .... and there's nothing wrong with a Perry Mason ending. Even the author was aware of that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diane 06-21-14
    Diane 06-21-14 Member Since 2012

    Avid reader. Constant Audible listener. Currently deep into foreign crime detective novels. Especially a fan of noire and police procedural.

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    "Unremarkable. Simplistic. Predictable."
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    The story was not particularly original. The characters lacked dimension. Only the narration saved it from remaining, unfinished, on my audible library shelf. Some of the characters' improvement in character seemed abrupt, unwarranted and, as a result, unbelievable. All in all, I was disappointed. It smacked of slick Hollywood screenplay writing. Reminded me of the kind of TV show you settle on after channel surfing for 15 minutes and concluding, "there's nothing good on tonight."

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    Jane Mcdowell Muncie, IN, United States 03-31-13
    Jane Mcdowell Muncie, IN, United States 03-31-13 Member Since 2000
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    "If you like early Grisham you'll like this one"

    Mr. Giminez does a nice job of telling the story of a selfish self-promoting lawyer who sees the light, loses wealth, status and selfish wife by defending a rather remarkable junkie prostitute.

    The main characters may be a little stereotypical, the plot resolution may also be a little stereotypical, but the story is worth telling and there are enough supporting characters and subplots to make for a satisfying listen.

    Although the setting is Dallas instead of the deep south, this novel does have the feel of a good Grisham book.

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    Norman Gln Ellen, CA, United States 03-18-13
    Norman Gln Ellen, CA, United States 03-18-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Great story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Color of Law the most enjoyable?

    the quality of the writing, Mark Gimenez makes characters so real and believable. His descriptions of settings are very well done.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mark Gimenez as a writer. And, the story is very relevant


    Which scene was your favorite?

    can't choose just one


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, because then it would be over too soon.


    Any additional comments?

    Have loved Mark Gimenez since discovering him years ago, and great to listen to the audio versions now. This author should be much more widely read, especially for all the fans of Baldacci, and Grisham

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Tumwater, WA, USA 05-28-09
    Cindy Tumwater, WA, USA 05-28-09
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    "A Good Story"

    This is a good story. The charachters are a little one sided, but their limited personality makes the story more believable. I enjoyed it.

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    Deborah Radnor, PA, USA 05-26-08
    Deborah Radnor, PA, USA 05-26-08 Member Since 2006
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    "The Color of Law"

    Very good! More a story of human nature than a murder mystery. Very Funny too. Good Beach Book!

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