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.
Very enjoyable book .... and there's nothing wrong with a Perry Mason ending. Even the author was aware of that.
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.
the quality of the writing, Mark Gimenez makes characters so real and believable. His descriptions of settings are very well done.
Mark Gimenez as a writer. And, the story is very relevant
can't choose just one
No, because then it would be over too soon.
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
I decided to tolerate the John Larroquette - style condescending narration long enough to determine that this legal thriller was headed in the same direction as Grisham's last five or so; good-hearted destitute street criminal falls prey to the callous, educated oil moguls.
In spite of what I anticipated to be yet another lecture on social injustice, the use of language and story structure is quite good. This might appeal to many readers; I just couldn't see myself being glad that I spent my time on it.
I suppose this review might stir the emotions of a few folks that might feel I'm an embittered, selfish conservative. I might remind them that they are dropping a fair amount of dough into a website so that they can download entertainment into some sort of high-tech digital device worth much more than the cost of a warm meal in Harlem. Cancel the subscription, sell the iPod, donate the funds, then we'll talk.
This is a good story. The charachters are a little one sided, but their limited personality makes the story more believable. I enjoyed it.
Report Inappropriate Content