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Mark Gimenez is back as The Colour of Law star A. Scott Fenney takes the stand for an impossible case.

An ISIS attack on America is narrowly averted when the FBI uncovers a plot to detonate a weapon of mass destruction in Dallas, Texas, during the Super Bowl. A federal grand jury indicts 24 coconspirators, including Omar al Mustafa, a notorious and charismatic Muslim cleric known for his incendiary anti-American diatribes on YouTube and Fox News. His arrest is greeted with cheers around the world and relief at home.

The president goes on national television and proclaims, 'We won!' There is only one problem: there is no evidence against Mustafa. That problem falls to the presiding judge, newly appointed US District Judge A. Scott Fenney.

If Mustafa is innocent, Scott must set the most dangerous man in Dallas free, with no idea who is really guilty. And all with just three weeks to go before the attack is due....

©2016 Mark Gimenez (P)2016 Hachette Audio UK

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  • Mr Rupert Seymour
  • 05-11-17

An important polemic we should heed.

If you could sum up The Absence of Guilt in three words, what would they be?

quit the domestics

What did you like best about this story?

The reasoning is splendid, the arguments sound and controversial though some of it is irritating because of the emotional flummery that was totally unnecessary. The judge was established as a complete and good man though why we had to be faced with his sex life became an embarrassing and unnecessary diversion.

Have you listened to any of Jeff Harding’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Mr Harding is THE prince of narrators. I now tend to choose books that he has narrated.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I can imagine some xenophobic listeners would find some of the arguments distasteful. They are controversial but well worth addressing as they are a very real part of the troubled world we live in. I recommend everyone to listen to this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr. P. Morris
  • 03-09-17

Excellent story and narration

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. The story and the balance of characters is brilliant.

What does Jeff Harding bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His emphasis and timing are perfect

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The perfect terrorist decoy

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Janice
  • 01-31-17

Topical for the times

What did you like most about The Absence of Guilt?

I enjoyed hearing how the lives of Scott, his family and his entourage had progressed. I loved the first two books in Scott's story, this one focused a little less on the central characters as so much was happening around them, still a great listen.

Which character – as performed by Jeff Harding – was your favourite?

All of them, this is a man who has perfected his craft, I love his voice in all of it's guises.

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

Yes, as with most of the books I listen to......... never have the time though!

Any additional comments?

My worry is, due to the amount of coverage ISIS gets in the news, I'm not sure a lot of people would want to read about it for entertainment.

I really enjoy Mark Gimenez books and I'm hoping the saga will continue for Scott and his gang, I can see no other reason for Rebecca being brought into this book, than to set up the plot for the next........... here's hoping!

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  • christopher
  • 11-22-16

Start well and fades

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Jeff Harding is excellent as always. Story starts well if a little slow but gets far fetched at the end, almost as if the author had painted himself into a corner with the plot and couldn't think of a convincing way out. Still enjoyable though

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Weak

Have you listened to any of Jeff Harding’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Top quality as always

Do you think The Absence of Guilt needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No it stands alonei

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  • Elizabeth Swan
  • 10-28-16

The Absence of Guilt

I have enjoyed other novels by Mark Gimenez especially The Color of Law. But this one was stilted and the narration was terrible.

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