Color of Law

Color of Law

Book - 2005
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A poor-boy college football hero turned successful partner at a prominent Dallas firm--who long ago checked his conscience at the door--catches a case that forces him to choose between his enviable lifestyle and doing the right thing in this masterful debut legal thriller. Clark McCall, ne'er-do-well son of Texas millionaire senator and presidential hopeful Mack McCall, puts a major crimp in his father's election plans when he winds up murdered--apparently by Shawanda Jones, a heroin-addicted hooker--after a tawdry night of booze, drugs, and rough sex. Scott Fenney, who's worked his way to being a partner at an elite Dallas law firm, is assigned to provide Shawanda's pro bono defense after the federal judge on the case hears him deliver an inspiring, altruistic--and completely insincere--speech to the local bar association. Scott plans to farm the case out to an old law school buddy, do-good-attorney Bobby Herrin. But his plans go awry when Shawanda puts her foot down in court and refuses to be passed off to the lawyer she considers the lesser attorney. As the case unfolds, pressure is exerted on Scott to deter him from being too aggressive in his defense of Shawanda. That pressure becomes palpable as Scott is slowly stripped of the things he's come to care for most. Will he do the right thing--at a terrible cost--or the easy thing and keep his hard-earned fabulous life? With echoes of early John Grisham, THE COLOR OF LAW is a provocative page-turner that marks the stunning debut of a major new talent.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Random House : 2005
ISBN: 9780385516730
0385516738
Branch Call Number: FIC Gime
Characteristics: 398p

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slucas5
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.

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ISAAC MADRIL
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!!!

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Tannisz
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.

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crochussen
Feb 24, 2012

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

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Eil_1
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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