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Accused (A. Scott Fenney) by [Gimenez, Mark]
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Some critics are calling the Texas-based lawyer Mark Gimenez 'the next Grisham'-but I think that's far less than fair. This, his fifth novel and the second featuring attorney A. Scott Fenney, shows he's now better than the one-time master of the American courtroom drama . . . This is one of the best legal thrillers since Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent in 1987 . . . Superb. (Daily Mail)

A gripping read with unexpected twists that ranks with anything Grisham has done in years. (The Times)

Brilliant writing, masterful plot and all the thrill of the courtroom in one. Grisham, step aside. (City AM)

Gimenez writes smart vernacular dialogue, hip and street-wise, with a nice line in social commentary, and his plotting leaves the over-rated John Grisham in his rear-vision mirror. (The Australian)

Unputdownable for those who love the genre. (Times of India)

Gimenez's latest novel Accused is classic Grisham at his best. (Gisborne Herald)

A great read. . . . Gimenez is a thriller writer of quality. (Oamuru Mail)

If you enjoy suspense and a fast-paced courtroom drama, this one's for you. (Foschini Club Magazine)

This mix of family values, sex, sleaze and intrigue holds together in a gripping read with unexpected twists that ranks with anything Grisham has done in years (The Times)

Offers the reader everything they could want from a thriller, and is a very satisfying read. (Civilian Reader)

For my money, Grisham has grown stale over the past five years while Gimenez has gone from strength to strength...this is one of the best legal thrillers since Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent in 1987 (Daily Mail)

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This mix of family values, sex, sleaze and intrigue holds together in a gripping read with unexpected twists that ranks with anything Grisham has done in years The Times For my money, Grisham has grown stale over the past five years while Gimenez has gone from strength to strength...this is one of the best legal thrillers since Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent Daily Mail

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1068 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (18 Mar. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003CUDP5C
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 102 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,810 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Every now and then, a book comes along which you don't want to end. Accused is one of those books, and Mark Gimenez's finest novel to date.

This is the fifth Mark Gimenez novel and the first to follow up a previous one. Accused carries on where his debut The Colour of Law left off, the other novels all standing alone. A. Scott Fenney receives a desperate phone call from his ex-wife Rebecca, who left him for a professional golfer, Trey Rawlins, but is now accused of his murder. The story follows Scott and his small team's investigations into who could possibly have been responsible for Trey's murder, leading up to the trial itself.

What makes this such a great novel? It's hard to know where to begin. Certainly the quality of the writing is excellent, and Gimenez has created a set of immensely likeable characters - Scott's daughters and his four associates all feature throughout, and are all well drawn. The prose is very, very readable and it is a page-turner; not of the James Patterson ilk, where two page chapters are used to keep the reader racing through - this is just such a pleasure to read that you see no reason why you should put it down. And you shouldn't.

From the prologue, which pulls the reader straight into the action, to the breathtaking denouement, Accused is a fabulous legal thriller. If you haven't read The Colour of Law, it's advisable to do so first in order to fully understand the history of the characters and to appreciate why they behave in the way they do. Accused also contains several revelations about the previous book which you would be best to avoid if you plan to read it. But that said, I believe Mark Gimenez will really make people sit up and take notice with this latest book, and it's about time he was recognised more widely. Forget the Grisham comparisons - this is an author who is going places and making his own name the benchmark to live up to. Superb.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is a follow on from a previous book so it was nice that you already knew most of the characters although it is also a book in its own right and you don't have to have read the previous one to enjoy this.

It is not often that a book has me guessing all the way through. This book was totally unputdownable! I read a third one night and grudgingly put it down at midnight and I planned on reading the following third the next night and the final third the night after, I had to finish it the following night, stayed up till 2am, was tired and grumpy at work the next day but it was well worth it.

The book states it is better than John Grisham or your money back - it leaves Grisham standing! Can't wait for the next book.
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One can talk endlessly about whether this is an entertaining read or not, but Mr. Gimenez introduces a very hard-to-swallow twist at the end that makes the whole story collapse and exposes an underlying lack of planning and coherence. I think one of the first rules of these genre is DO NOT CHEAT WITH YOUR READERS. The last chapter and the first are at odds. It's either one or the other.
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By Michael Watson VINE VOICE on 18 April 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a better book than 'The Colour of Law' and, given that the book is pushing 600 pages, it is a story which is easily read. It would be better for new readers to start with the previous book, since just about all the characters - certainly the main ones - have background which relates very much to the first book. The author explains some of this as we go along but, even so, you need to catch the flavour and the style of writing, I think, the better to see where this book goes.

There is the still the same rather simplistic attitude to relationships which in real life just wouldn't pan out like that. However, it's an intriguing story as Scott Fenney acts as his ex-wife's defence lawyer, the wife being accused of her boyfriend's murder. Did she or didn't she? As the story unfolds, the number of people who could be considered as alternatives mount up, unlike, for a change, the body count.

It seems the boyfriend is not all he tries to portray to the general public. His off-course antics during the major golf tournaments in the US present a somewhat different picture. In fact, if you are a golfing fan, you'll probably enjoy the book even more. I'm not but it didn't put me off the the main thrust of the investigation.

The author is at his best in the court room scenes. These, however, take place towards the end of the book but it's an enjoyable read to that point and a better one after that.

It's probable that the character of Scott Fenney has gone as far as it can but as for Rebecca Fenney, his ex-wife, maybe there's another story looming. Could be quite an event.
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Format: Hardcover
well, this genre is not mine usually but I have been handed "The Colour of Law" for free with the evening standard almost a month ago and got hooked so immediately bought this one as it got published and I can't put it down, it's a must buy, well written, never boring, entertaining, sharp, tough and true.
Definitely suggesting it to everybody who wants a good read, an author to pray he'll keep writing!
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An excellent read. I will not detail and spoil the plot as so many others do, as I believe a review should impart ones own feeling and impressions rather than give a precis of the work.

If you thought you enjoyed John Grisham, you will enjoy this book more. It is more detailed, precise and well knitted to deliver a deeply interesting, thought provoking result with a skilled plot and well defined characters. Once I picked it up I could not put it down AND I did not want it to finish I was enjoying the characters so much. Does such a man as A Scott Fenney really exist? I have never met him, but have met dozens of Rebeccas. I am sure Mr Gimenez chose the name Rebecca to reflect Daphne Du Maurier's nefarious protagonist.

It is the only book I have ever read that voices the true position of women in the world, and how they are brought up and taught how to survive in a man's world and the toll it takes on them. This book does not have the comic elements found is some of Gimenez' other novels.

I look forward to meeting A Scott Fenney in another Gimenez novel.
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