I was introduced to Gimenez by a lawyer (yes lawyers love reading crime and courtroom drama novels). My first Gimenez novel I was introduced to was Abduction though but by the time I started reading Gimenez’s novels, I have already read quite a few of John Grisham’s novels. But I kept an open mind and tried not falling into the trap of comparing Gimenez to Grisham as most people do. But it is also easy to see why others would compare these two authors but Gimenez is remarkable in his own rights.
This novel has its surprises and twists and it is actually a face-paced legal thriller. I have to say though it has many predictable moments as well as unpredictable moments but there is a lot of credit that needs to be given due. And as many book lovers, I am a Grisham fan so you easily fall into the trap of comparing these two authors.
In this novel, you get to learn about the characters (whom plays a dominant role in the sequel, Accused. Please refer to my review of Accused), how they grow into the story and how you as a reader develop a friendship with these characters. Also, you get to watch and experience the transformation of the main character, A. Scott Fenney.
This is his first novel and it was very well written with a believable plot and characters that you can relate to. It has lots of heart and soul. Overall, it is a gripping story about the corruption of the law.
A.Scott Fenney, a star college football player graduated top of his class as a law student. He then goes to work for Dan Ford, an elite Law Firm in Dallas and becomes one of their best corporate lawyers with prospects of becoming a partner at the firm but working for the firm means you must have no conscience as the main aim is to make money off from their rich clients.
One day, Clark McCall gets murdered after a night of drugs, booze and rough sex and he also happens to be the son of the millionaire senator, Mack McCall and who is a candidate to be elected for president. Shawanda Jones, a prostitute and drug addict gets accused for the murder of Clark because her fingerprints was on the gun that killed Clark.
Federal judge, Sam Buford, assigns Scott as Shawanda’s pro-bono defense. But Scott has really no plans to defend her but to farm the case out to an old friend, Bobby Herrin, that was with him on college but the defendant refused to be passed on.
Scott risks the chance of losing everything, his lavish lifestyle, his job and partnership at the firm, things he cared for if he takes on this case. Mack McCall is also pulling strings with Dan Ford’s richest clients and slowly but surely people at the firm amongst others are set out to destroy Scott’s life. So will Scott let Shawanda go to prison without a fair trial to save his career or will he decide to defend Shawanda and lose everything he has worked for his entire life.
What the media has to say:
“First novelist Gimenez draws on his experience as an attorney in this taut legal thriller that echoes To Kill a Mockingbird. With fast-paced and edgy prose, dramatic tête-à-têtes between attorneys, and an explosive courtroom conclusion, Gimenez effectively weaves elements of race, class, and justice into a story of a lawyer who rediscovers the difference between doing good and doing well.”
Starred review, Library Journal
“Gimenez makes his debut with a legal thriller based in Big D that will keep you on the edge of your seat. . . . ‘The Color of Law’ is full of twists and turns into the dark side of human nature with a final courtroom scene straight from ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’”
San Antonio Express-News (Oct. 23, 2005)
“American lawyers, more accustomed to speaking the language of their people, are much better at [writing legal thrillers]. Scott Turow and John Grisham are the best known, but there are many others. I recommend The Colour of Law (Time Warner publishers) by Mark Gimenez, one of the most promising American lawyer-writers I’ve read recently. It’s a Grisham-like novel about a slick, successful, ambitious Dallas corporate lawyer whose life changes when he has to defend a black prostitute accused of murder.”
Marcel Berlins, The Guardian (April 24, 2006)
“A little To Kill a Mockingbird with some Law & Order thrown in, Color is a page-turner, and Gimenez—a real-life attorney-turned-author—seems to warrant his billing as ‘the next John Grisham.’”
Houston Press (Nov. 3, 2005)
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