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Mark Gimenez
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Book Description

17 Jan 2013

Have you ever wondered how one split-second decision could change your life for ever?

The Bonners are the most powerful couple in Texas. Bode Bonner is the Republican Governor and his wife, Lindsay, is always by his side. From the outside everything looks rosy.

But the Bonners are not happy. Bode is bored - he longs for more excitement in his life. Lindsay is at the end of her tether. She's had enough of Bode's womanising and of playing the dutiful wife.She is desperate to break free of her bland, wealthy lifestyle.

Then Lindsay makes an impulsive decision that helps save the life of a poor Hispanic boy. From that moment on, nothing will be the same for the Bonners. Everything is about to change...

From the author of the international bestsellers The Colour of Law and Accused, this is an addictively readable novel, filled with dramatic and ingenious twists and turns, that delves deep into the dark heart of Texas.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (17 Jan 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0751543764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751543766
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,387 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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Mark Gimenez already has a reputation as a fine thriller writer and doesn't disappoint here. Impressive too is his use of current US politics . . . Headed for the bestseller list (Daily Telegraph Australia)

Here's a heady mix of drugs, sex, politics and gun fights played out in a modern Texas, a big tale that gallops along at mustang pace (Courier Mail)

A gripping story, well told (Literary Review) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The gripping new thriller from the author of the international bestsellers THE COLOUR OF LAW and ACCUSED.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed 20 Dec 2012
By Suzie
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I loved Mark Gimenez's early books, rounded and likeable characters and clever plots. I so looked forward to The Governor's Wife, but what a disappointment. Most of the characters are deliberately unlikeable, the rest are one dimensional. The plot is thin and is basically simply a device on which to hang a rant on the state of American politics in general, politics in Texas in particular and especially as they relate to the problem of illegal Mexican immigration. I enjoy learning new things via the medium of a novel, but facts have to be cleverly entwined with a strong plot and be relevant to rounded characters in order to work. This book is simply a rambling lecture interspaced with odd pieces of action. I found myself skipping pages, then whole chunks as boredom set in and finally decided that I was wasting my time. Even if the plot picked up I didn't care about the characters nor what happened to them.
I will think very hard and read a lot of reviews before I risk another offering from Mr Gimenez. What a shame from what promised to be a great talent.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing 6 Oct 2012
I've read some of his previous books and liked them. This is a poor effort though. Describing the characters one-dimensional would be an insult to real one-dimensional characters.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Huge disappointment 24 Nov 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Having read all Mark Giminez previous books I had high expectation of this latest offering. It turned out to be a huge disappointment with a muddled plot (if there was one) and totally boring. I persevered through three quarters of the book but finally had to bin it. Don't know and don't care how it ended. This is definately my last Mark Giminez book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointment from a huge fan 17 Feb 2013
By Daniel
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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Having read all of Gimenez's previous books i was looking forward to his new book, once I read the blurb i knew this was a departure from his usual subject material. As such i left it a couple months before i bought the book, i only wish i hadn't bothered. This is without doubt one of the worst books i have read, characters with baffling motivations who seem oblivious to reason or realistic personalities, each character is almost a caricature of a stereotype. Plot threads are hastily wrapped up with no real thought as if the author forgot about them and then thought oh......lets just have the lion eat him (actually happened) The last half of the book i read just to finish, i had no desire to continue but am glad i did just to see how comparatively good the first half was, the second assassination attempt made me think Bode Bonner might just have been 'bulletproofed by god' as i find it hard to believe that a high calibre sniper bullet wouldn't have just gone through Mandys head and straight into Bode's. All in all that was nothing compared to the ramboesque ending which had everything including characters somehow know that Bode was there without any indication, two characters appearing out of nowhere to save the lead (Ranger Roy being the worst at least Eddie was in the country)and an ending which included a gut stabbing which still allowed Bode to kill the bad guy, carry another man to a car! drive said car in a preposterous getaway swim run and then get shot and still survive. Yet the DR dies, it seems just because it was easier than write a good ending with actual closure. The book ends with a lead in (threat) of a sequel......please don't.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly disappointed. 28 Jan 2013
The Colour of Law and The Abduction are two of my fav crime books of the past 10 years. I "read" this book last night and it is going straight to the charity shop today in the hope that someone may enjoy it.
I say "read" because I ended up turning the pages looking for the story and failing.
I paid for a thrilling crime book and instead was subjected to page after page after page of a lecture on the socio-economics of Mexican migrants trapped in the no mans land between Mexico and Texas.
I wanted to empathise and sympathise with the main characters and want to follow their story. Nope. Cartoon stereotype actors brought onto the page to demonstrate the migrant problem.
If the objective was to make the reader despise the main characters then Mark Gimenez has succeeded and the ending was so unbelievably ridiculous I felt like throwing the book at the wall.
If I wanted a documentary I would have bought a non fiction book on the no doubt terrible plight of these people.
Not for me
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By skotl
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have read each of Gimenez's previous books and enjoyed them - not quite Grisham but decent legal thrillers.
This is a radical departure, and not a rewarding one. I'm now 25% into the book on the Kindle and understand much more about Texan and U.S. politics, and about the dreadful situation in Mexico and Laredo. Unfortunately, that's not what I was looking for - I was looking for a thriller.
Most of the information is presented as lectures from one tedious character to another and, despite it taking 1/4 of the book to get these points across, you could have skimmed a couple of Wikipedia entries and got the same information for free, and in five minutes.

I'm not sure what Gimenez's motivation is for taking on the role of lecturer on the failings of U.S. politics and drug policy. Maybe he wants to be seeing as a serious commentator? Maybe he's just p****d off with U.S. politics?
Whatever, it makes for turgid reading and, having got to 25% on the Kindle I've little interest in continuing.

I pre-ordered this Gimenez novel - next time I'll wait for the reviews and hope that he's returned to his legal-thriller best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good ol' easy read,
Like Grisham books I've always enjoyed Gimenez really easy to read we'll structured chapters that let the story flow. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Stuart Duffey
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother with this book.
What a load of s***e. Page after page of irrelevant waffle so untypical of the Author. I erased it from my Kindle before the end it was so bad. A weak story padded out with waffle.
Published 1 month ago by James trucking UK Ltd
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
not as good as "the colur of law " and "accused" but good as a stand alone book still some way to go to beat "john grisham"
Published 2 months ago by shantoza
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Like Mark Gimenez
Really enjoyed this book, Mark Gimenez had previously written crime, and although this book is more about characters lives, I still enjoyed the writing and the story
Published 3 months ago by L1SA
5.0 out of 5 stars Something different from Mark Gimenez
I am so glad that I did not read the reviews on this book. If I had, I would not have bought it and missed a good read. Read more
Published 4 months ago by BostonDave
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Story Teller
Mark Gimenez's books are always full of twists and turns, have read all of them and can't wait for his next book.
Published 4 months ago by Keith Holdsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars briliant
fantastic book, anther hit from this author, a must read, f you have not read his books then do so
Published 5 months ago by B A McIntyre
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Read
Not up to the same standard as his first books but relatively informative. Its not a story thats fast flowing or overly gripping.
Published 5 months ago by craig sandbach
4.0 out of 5 stars Usual pacey Gimenez thriller
I had read a few negative reviews of this book, but purchased it anyway for a transatlantic flight as I find his books the best way to while away the hours. Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. Carley
4.0 out of 5 stars Mark Gimenez is always good
I always enjoy Mark Gimenez who writes a very good thriller. I look forward to his future novels. He has not written a book that I did not enjoy.
Published 7 months ago by Peter
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