Blurb from both books.
The Color of Law. 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.
Accused. ‘Scott, it’s Rebecca. I need you.’After years of silence, Texan lawyer Scott Fenney receives a devastating phonecall from his ex-wife. She has been accused of murdering her boyfriend, Trey – the man she left Scott for – and is being held in a police cell. Now she is begging Scott to defend her.Scott is used to high-stakes cases, but this one is bigger than anything he has handled before. If Rebecca is found guilty, under Texan law she will be sentenced to death. He will have her blood on his hands. As he prepares to take the stand in the most dramatic courtroom appearance of his life, Scott is forced to question everything he believes to get to the truth – to save the life of the ex-wife he still loves..
My review of both books.
I discovered a new author this month. Mark Gimenez, loads of people are calling him the new John Grisham, well I agree. (See below for a couple of reviews) And it certainly makes a change from John Grisham. He writes crime thrillers with a large emphasis on legal thrillers based in Texas, which i found awesome as I hadn´t read many other books based in Texas and I enjoyed them immensely. I started off reading The Color of Law & The Accused, a two part series with the same lawyer as the main character. As the books are based in Texas there is also a fair amount of information on Mexican illegal immigrants. These two books are a question of right and wrong and I even at times asked myself that question while reading. I read these two books back to back, they are both similar in the fact that the main characters are the same but the cases are completely different.
Anyhow the lawyer in question is put in a difficult moral position and has to choose, the right or wrong thing to do. He chooses the right thing, but his boss doesn´t think so. There are some nasty characters in here, some people with loads of money and power that think they can rule other people lives, but Scott manages to put them in their place and even though is goes through a difficult patch he pulls through.
This is a book about morals, one I think many people should read and it might help them get their priorities straight.
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)
“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. . . . One of the best legal thrillers since Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent in 1987. . . . Superb.” – Daily Mail (UK).
Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Paperback, 448 pages