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.
"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)
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!
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.
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.
If you like Grisham you will like Gimenez. Lots of character depth and setting the surrounding atmosphere. The story keeps a good pace and you are never bored
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
Absolutely loved this book. The characters, even the minor ones, are full of life and nuance. Even the children in the story are multi-dimensional and jump off the page. It was extremely exciting and had some frightening moments as you really felt for the main character and found yourself rooting for him more and more. Real moments of humour and genuine sweetness too. Highly recommend.
Avid reader. Constant Audible listener. Currently deep into foreign crime detective novels. Especially a fan of noire and police procedural.
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."
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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