The Color of Law

The Color of Law

eBook - 2006
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Random House, Inc.

In this riveting, unputdownable legal thriller, a partner at a prominent law firm is forced to choose between his enviable lifestyle and doing the right thing.

Former college football star Scott Fenney has worked his way to the top of the heap at the Dallas firm of Ford Stevens. But when Clark McCall, wayward son of a Texas politician, gets himself murdered after a night of booze, drugs, and rough sex, Scott is assigned to defend the prime suspect, a heroine-addicted hooker named Shawanda Jones. The powers that be want her convicted—and Scott’s future at the firm may depend on it. But unfortunately for Scott, Shwanada claims she’s innocent, and he believes her.

Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2006
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
ISBN: 9780307278159
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 410 p. ; 18 cm


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Jul 24, 2018

While better than your average James Patterson novel, the main character lacks an inner life compelling enough to allow his emotional change to resonate with the reader. This leads to several ham-fisted uses of character tropes (ie hooker with a heart of gold) that fall flat when the author could have spent some time developing his characters and had a much more interesting novel that didn’t rely so heavily on 2D characters and basic emotional manipulation. Moreover, the supporting characters (especially those written as people of color) utterly lacked agency, existing only to first aid in the main character’s unconvincing change of heart and then later as a collective group of damsels in distress to be passively saved by the main character, a handsome young white man. The most aggravating part of the novel, which almost caused me to put the book down, was the treatment of the characters from, as the author constantly says, “the projects.” These characters fell so flat and relied so heavily on stereotypes that parts of the book read like something out of the 1960s. One scene involved a young African American girl making her bed in the floor to keep herself safe from drive by shootings. My objection is less about the content, as that sort of thing does happen, but rather the author’s treatment of the character. It lacked compassion and understanding and felt very much like an author making a poor attempt to oogle poverty in an uncomfortable way.

Again,better than many law novels, but far from what it could have been.

Apr 05, 2014

I Read This Book six years ago and would recommend it to any and all rookies who believe in and practice law!Reminds me of a girlfriend of mine.L.S._Smart!very Smart!!!

Mar 22, 2013

read it-- you'll love it!

winger1 Sep 10, 2012

I just began this book and cannot put it down- I am looking for othe books Mark Gimentez has written.

Feb 24, 2012

I Agree - have read all of Mark Gimenez's books and have found them all gripping from the first page

Feb 23, 2012

I was pulled into this story from page 1. The plot, including background on the legal profession, as well as the story itself kept me turning page upon page. It was one of the very best legal-based stories I've ever read (including Grisholm)!


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