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on 10 August 2007
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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on 2 June 2016
A. Scott Fenney is a man who lives the perfect life; a rich, charismatic lawyer at the best law firm in Dallas, unbound by morality, with a trophy wife, a young daughter, a mansion in the posh part of town and a Ferrari. He has everything he wants. Until he is forced to represent a woman called Shawanda Jones, a heroine addicted prostitute accused of murdering the son of the state senator, and potentially the next president.

Soon Scott’s life dives into a spiral of declining misery as the senator uses everything at his disposal - including his influence at Scott’s law firm to get Scott to throw the case - to ensure Shawanda is tried and convicted for the murder of his son.

The only problem?

A. Scott Fenney has grown a conscience, and he is determined to give her a fair trial and represent her to the best of his ability, even if he doesn’t believe in her claims of innocence himself.

The characters were well written and interacted very well and in a believable way. You genuinely feel for A. Scott Fenney as his life is slowly ripped away from him. Scott’s character growth is intriguing too, as we see him slowly develop a conscience; questioning the lives around him as if it was his own life and the lives of his family. It is also interesting to see characters enter and leave the plot, and the effect they have on other characters.

I really enjoyed the pacing of the book. I was never left getting a bit bored with one aspect of the story or another or left feeling that one part of a mystery went on for too long. It drives itself forward and you want to be along for the ride.

Drawing inspiration from the classic To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Mark Gimenez manages to mix law and morality into one novel while keeping it a modern thriller in the same vein as Harlan Coben and Michael Cordy.

The Colour of Law is an excellent book, and without a doubt is one of my favourite books of all time.
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on 23 April 2017
Brilliant !!...this was my first novel written by Mark Gimenez and I now intend buying all his other novels...the story flows like a well-oiled machine and is a page-turner in every sense of the word. Move over John Grisham !

One annoying FACT aimed at Amazon...the date given for the publishing of this novel is 2013 !!.....GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT AMAZON, THIS BOOK WAS PUBLISHED IN 2005 !!!!.......I have the book in front of me !!.......as I said "get your facts right!
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on 4 May 2017
Whoever thinks that this author is the next John Grisham, has never read Grisham. Just because the setting is the same in this novel as many of Grisham's novels doesn't mean that it is on the same level of expertise, character development, sense of humour and understanding of humanity and how people's minds work and why. Pure twaddle.
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on 8 July 2017
An excellent read. Gimenez always has an angle where faults in society are presented, besides the central 'lawyer' story.
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on 24 May 2017
A very good book well written,now reading book three
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on 20 August 2017
Gripping book edge of the seat buy it.
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on 3 February 2009
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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on 15 February 2010
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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on 19 July 2007
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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.

Scott has no choice but to take the case and like everyone else believes Shawanda to be guilty but something happens to Scott during the process of him going through the motions of seeming to represent this unfortunate young woman. Scott suddenly finds out he has a conscience and that even though he still believes that Shawanda is guilty he has every intention of fighting for her God given right to a fair trial, and from then on he finds out that he is not only fighting for Shawanda's life, he is also fighting for his own, and that of his daughter Boo and Shawanda's daughter Pajame who he rescued from the Projects and bought home to stay with him and Boo.

A riveting read from the first page to the last, I read it in one sitting and then read it again, a great story with a twist and sting in the tale that leads up to a climatic and suspenseful court scene in which Scott suddenly realizes the shocking truth, Shawanda is actually not guilty of the murder of the Senator's son and that another is guilty of the crime she is standing trial for...
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