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The Colour of Law [Kindle Edition]

Mark Gimenez
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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A good story, which Gimenez tells with passion and conviction (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

Gimenez has delivered a readable story with a central character who's extremely interesting. We'll be back with A. Scott Finney in the future, I have no doubt. (EVENING HERALD)

Warning: You will lose an entire lazy Sunday to this one. (TIME OUT)

I read it at one sitting . . . Gimenez has created a complex and believable character who carries a story that still intrigues (OBSERVER)

Review

A good story, which Gimenez tells with passion and conviction (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH )

Gimenez has delivered a readable story with a central character who's extremely interesting. We'll be back with A. Scott Finney in the future, I have no doubt. (EVENING HERALD )

Warning: You will lose an entire lazy Sunday to this one. (TIME OUT )

I read it at one sitting . . . Gimenez has created a complex and believable character who carries a story that still intrigues (OBSERVER )

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 418 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307275000
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (4 Sep 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TZ3DOY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,437 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born and educated in Texas, Mark Gimenez attended law school at Notre Dame, Indiana and practised with a large Dallas law firm. He is married with two sons.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great first novel 10 Aug 2007
By John
Format:Paperback
This is a an excellent read-highly recommended. Like Grisham, Giminez clearly has a very poor opinion of lawyers and the American legal system.
Scott Fenney is a corporate lawyer who is in it to make money. He makes the mistake of giving an idealistic speech to a group of lawyers. While he does not mean what he says an experienced judge hears him and appoints him to defend a black heroin addicted prostitute who is accused of murdering the son of the Texan senator. The senator is likely to be the next president of America. The first third of the book paints Scott in a very poor light as he wheels and deals, makes money for himself and his firm. He tries to wriggle out of defending the prostitute by getting Bobby his best buddy from law school who is a struggling street lawyer to take his place. Gradually Bobby, Scott's daughter and the daughter of the accused win Scott round and he agrees to take the case.
All the might of corporate America is then brought to bear on Scott and he loses everything.
The book is full of cliches and might not be everyones cup of tea. Would a corporate lawyer take or indeed be qualified to defend someone accused of murder? Gimenez goes on a bit too much about the vagaries of lawyers. He does though get you to like Scott in the second half of the book and by the time the trial comes round you will be just willing him to get the better of the all powerful but corrupt establishment that is lined up against him.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book! 3 Feb 2009
By samcam
Format:Paperback
Loved this book and was really surprised at how good it was. Great characters and a wonderful plot reminiscent of To Kill A Mockingbird. Loved A Scott and his daughter Boo, thought the relationship between them was briliiantly written, although I felt the author could have portrayed the wife Rebecca, a little less one dimensional, do women like this really exist? Wonderful story though and while of course the outcome is a little bit predictable, the journey is well worth it. Will definitely rush out to buy Mark Giminez other books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good material, but rather unconvincing 15 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
Fenney is a high-flying partner of a leading Dallas law firm. Despite joining the legal profession to become another Atticus Finch (of To Kill the Mockingbird), Fenney quickly abandons principles for money. By overcharging rich clients, he enjoys a lavish lifestyle in the exclusive Highland Park neighbourhood. It seems as though nothing could dampen his success.

But when a senator's son is murdered, allegedly by a prostitute from a poor neighbourhood, a federal judge insists that he represents her pro bono. He fosters the accused's daughter, and becomes so absorbed in defending her as to sacrifice everything (job, wife, home, social status) to keep her from death row.

The scenario presents fertile ground, but is portrayed rather unconvincingly. Would a defence lawyer really foster a prostitute's daughter? Would he sacrifice so much to save just one client? And how did he end up becoming partner of a commercial law firm when what he really wanted was to become another Atticus Finch?

Read it, enjoy it, but don't expect to be convinced by it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One heck of a book, what a find is all I can say! 19 July 2007
By Kali
Format:Paperback
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
What a find!, July 15, 2007

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book when I purchased it but to may amazement it managed to exceed all my expectations.

If I had to describe Mark Gimenez's writing style I'd say is a cross between Grisham and P.D James because it has all the impact of a court room thriller and all the suspense of a "whodunnit."

Scott Fennney is not a likable character when we first meet him, he's a hard headed young lawyer who has managed to pull himself up by his bootstraps from his poor origins to live in a rich area of Dallas, Texas with his lovely but coldly ambitious wife Rebecca and his equally lovely daughter but much nicer daughter Boo, named after a character in the book "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Once upon a time Scott did have scruples and morals but they have long disappeared and he now lives the big expensive life with a multi-million dollar house, drives a Ferrari and represents those who can pay his fat fees.

And then out of the blue he is asked by a judge who still believes the right of a fair trial for every defendant to represent a drug addicted mixed race prostitute called Shawanda who is accused of murdering the white son of a very powerful man, a Senator no less who might one day be the next president of the USA. Shawanda says she didn't kill the Senator's son but it was her gun that ended the life of the violent spoilt 30 year old and she had taken his car which was found not far from where she lived in the projects.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One for the Holidays 6 May 2007
Format:Paperback
My husband read this book and told me - yes told me to read it - we are both Grisham fans and love a good courtroom drama. This book ticks all the boxes and truth be know I couldn't put it down. A very good début book and I can also recommend his second book 'Abduction'

Take them both on holiday with you - you wont be disappointed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Murdering a Mocking Bird
This is a scathing indictment of layers in the United States. It is also a murder mystery. It is also a courtroom drama. Read more
Published 27 days ago by G. M. Sinstadt
4.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable read
a good read, plenty of characters, well paced plot with a surprise ending, I would read more of Mark Gimeneniz books
Published 1 month ago by Martin Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars So amazing
aside from to kill a hummingbird, this book inspired me in pursuing a career in law. fantastic writer, fantastic book.
Published 3 months ago by Lala
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
An exceptionally well written book. It picked up pace throughout and truly couldn't be put down as it reached the finale.
Published 4 months ago by Racingsteve
1.0 out of 5 stars david 1947
A poor mans John Grisham!! It seems that the author has taken 5/6 Grisham novels and " cobbled together" a story from them, there is nothing new in this story at all. Read more
Published 4 months ago by David1947
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book to read. You can't put it down.
I have read the book several times and now have added it to my Kindle library. It is a grat book to read and akin with John Grishams novels.
Published 4 months ago by Ann Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars A most enjoyable book
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the law.
I know this is only a made up story but it does make you wonder
if people are so corrupt in real life. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs J Savage
3.0 out of 5 stars colour of law
it was a good story but all the leagal stuff was very loose how ever i would read more of his books
Published 5 months ago by ernestlwatterson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best law thriller.
This is the first of Mr Guimenez novel and I had the opportunity to read it two years after its release. At that time the author s novel was hard to come by outside the US. Read more
Published 6 months ago by jules
2.0 out of 5 stars Plot doesn't make up for writing.
After reading Bleachers by John Grisham, which was seriously sub-par for Mr. Grisham, I decided to try another author. Read more
Published 11 months ago by M. Fisher
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