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Mark Gimenez
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15 April 2010

Andy Prescott is the most laid-back young lawyer in Austin, Texas. Specialising in traffic law, he operates from a small room above a ramshackle tattoo parlour. He rides a trail bike and spends way too much time drinking beer in the sunshine. Ambition has never been Andy's strong point - he prefers to take it easy.

That is, until one of Texas's wealthiest men walks into his office. On the spot, billionaire Russell Reeves retains Andy as his lawyer and, in exchange for some easy legal work, pays him more money than he has ever earned before. Andy's life is transformed.

But nothing comes for free. Russell is a desperate man whose sole aim is to save his eight-year-old son, Zach, who is dying from leukemia. He is prepared to do anything - even if it means putting Andy's life in danger...

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (15 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751541303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751541304
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The latest blockbuster from the man hailed as 'the next Grisham'.

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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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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive reading 30 Mar 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Having found Mark Gimenez's last book a little disappointing I approached this one with some trepidation - but I need not have worried.

The gently-paced first part of the book centres around the lifestyle of the main character Andy, a young, unambitious lawyer who leads a bohemian lifestyle in south-of-the-river Austin, Texas, whilst scraping a living dealing with traffic violations.

Andy's life changes when he is visited unexpectedly by a well-known local billionaire seeking his services. Several twists and turns in the plot follow, and the pace shifts upwards a gear or two.

I hate the cliche "unputdownable", but there is a fifty-page stretch about two-thirds of the way through the book which is so gripping that I lost all awareness of my surroundings whilst reading it, and I couldn't predict the ending at all. On another level, the author made the SoCo area of Austin sound more enticing than any travel guide.

If you like a good thriller in the Grisham/Lee Child mould, you'll love this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Common? No! 8 May 2009
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This is the 4th Gimenez book I have read, and enjoyed. Perhaps not yet a 'Grisham', as advertised on the blurbs, but coming along fast. He has an easy style, and doesn't fall into the trap of using Legalese, so the reader is kept interested and informed.

His characters are well thought out and the subject matter is varied. I am sure that as he continues to develop his characters and plots, he will achieve greater depth. I would certainly recommend him to anyone who gets bored with lengthy Court Room dramas - Gimenez is out on the streets, not kow-towing to judge and jury. A good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but Flawed. Not a Grisham. 14 Aug 2011
By Hagrid's Umbrella VINE VOICE
My copy of this novel has a quote from The Times across the top of the cover "The Next Grisham". To address this directly, no it is not. There are some similar elements; a lowly lawyer gets caught up in a big plot he has to see himself through, the writing is style is flowing, pacey and easy read. However the quality of the story, its credibility and its consistency is no where near as good as Grisham. Even compared to his later books that fail to have a neat twist, at least they're consistent and fit together.

Now that's done the novel in its own right. Andy Preston is a lowly Lawyer scraping a living but having fun in 'grovey' area of Austin, Texas. His big love is his mountain bike. He gets asked to carry out some work for a rich buisness man, Russel Reeves, because of his connection with the area and things develop in an interesting way.

Overall this isn't a terrible book but its not fantastic either. I did enjoyed the characters, the description of the area and the writing style. Having been a dedicated mountain biker I really enjoyed the mountain bike action scenes.

However lots of things didn't fit together that tightly. For example Andy does a high profile job for the rich man effectively because being local it will be good PR with the community, yet Russell later ask's Andy to hire a Private Investigator for some work he want to remain annoymous from. The PI must be pretty stupid if he can't guess Andy's client from his PR job.

The unravelling 'mystery' wasn't particularly hard to see roughly where it was going, though the actual truth of the mystery was a bit unrealistic. There's also a romance that comes from nothing and the final action was exciting but not that realistic.

So in short an enjoyable read but don't expect it to hang together perfectly. I'd read another from Gimenez but it won't be a priority.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still as twee as ever 26 April 2011
This book is worth 4.5 stars if available. It's a better read than the two I have previously reviewed featuring some Dallas lawyer and his extended family. But the fact remains that underlying these three books is the author's desire to have life work out for the best, no matter how dire the circumstances, for the main protagonists.

I suppose once you realise this is going to happen it rather takes away the edge but, even so, there are parts of this book which are gripping and well constructed. It makes one realise how insincere the Austin fraternity is and how transient the incumbents. The old orginals who've lived there forever seem the most likely people to get to like which is why Andy Prescott, a traffic ticket lawyer, gets on so well with them and why, in fact, he manages to elude his pursuers when life and death mean a great deal to him and to them.

The basic story is a simple one, though well up to the mark in topicality, showing that no matter the size of the wallet, some lives cannot be saved, even in America. That said, the author does manage to squeeze in a contradiction to this, so I guess maybe I'm wrong.

If you want a good read for the holidays, you could do far worse than consider this book. Mark Gimenez is not the next Grisham nor does he match Lee Childs but, this is good. He stands on his own merit and his books provide good value for both avid thriller readers and those just wanting a quick read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book 10 Oct 2010
Hooray, i love love love mark gimenez. i actually went to austin texas because of this book. he does for texas what pat conroy does for south carolina.

i'm not going to go into the whole plot. it's funny, it's entertaining and you'll fall in love with austin. afterwards you'll buy his other four. no doubt.

p.s. keep austin weird!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I love Mark Gimenez!! This isn't as good as some of his other books but still a fantastic read. Would recommend
Published 1 month ago by Angry Lynz
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Mark Gimenez at his best. A gripping book that you want to read from beginning to end in one sitting!
Published 5 months ago by Daisy
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Grisham - pretty simplistic
Leave your mind turned off, though a page turner in places the ultimate denouement is simplistic at best - and moronic at worst. Read more
Published 6 months ago by WitNWisom
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as all Gimenez books that I've read so far.
I thought I'd made a mistake when I first started reading this book, but soon realised that I hadn't. Really good plot with unusual twists and turns and a really satisfying ending. Read more
Published 8 months ago by parsnippete
2.0 out of 5 stars The common lawyer
It's ok,but I expected lot more of a story. Way Too narrative . First book was brilliant. Still bought it I guess.
Published 11 months ago by HULYA ABAYWARDANA
5.0 out of 5 stars excelant read
i am an avid john grisham fan,and i thought he would never be equaled.but mark giminez runs a very close second,this book written is in a simillar vien to grisham.
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - better than Grisham
Absolutely loved it - am hooked on this author! Anyone who likes legal thrillers - give him a try! Great stuff!
Published 14 months ago by E
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Giminez is a convincing writer
Recommended by friends who genrally share my reading preferences and I was not dissappointed - immediately went out and purchased several more books from this author.
Published 15 months ago by Ernest JL
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Excellent story and Mark Gimenez never fails to write a good story which a lot of authors do not do. Looking forward to the next one.
Published 15 months ago by Kathleen Deans
5.0 out of 5 stars Common Lawyer
The first of his books i actually loved and could not wait for another. but that was very disappointing. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Elisabeth
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