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Last seen in bestseller Green's The Letter of the Law (2000), feisty Dallas lawyer Casey Jordan must contend with illegal immigrants, abuse of power and pure unadulterated evil in this rousing legal thriller. When a U.S. senator from Texas known only as Chase, the kind of guy who frequents coke whores and kills puppies, suspects one of his undocumented workers, Elijandro Ellie Torres, of messing with his wife, Chase shoots Ellie and fakes the death as a hunting accident. Casey, who practices law out of an abandoned gas station, takes on the case of Ellie's widow, Isadora, and baby, Paquita, who are taken into custody by immigration officials and then deported. Casey's hunky love interest, PI Jose O'Brien, aids her in the ever-broadening investigation. Most of the characters are pretty much off-the-shelf, but Green throws in enough unexpected twists to distract readers from the plot's overly familiar aspects. Fans of Green's 12 previous novels will be perfectly satisfied. (Feb.)
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"Genre veteran Green hits his stride here with his best novel since his early football thrillers." (on American Outrage Booklist)

Interesting characters...an intelligent plot...a page-turning legal thriller." (on Letter of the Law Tulsa World)

"Taut...page-turning...Green's best novel to date, and that's saying a lot." (on Letter of the Law USA Today)

"Bestseller Green introduces a rough, appealing hero in his action-packed 12th thriller. Green's tale is ripe with irony and full of barbs." (on American Outrage Publishers Weekly)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (February 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446401501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446401500
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tim is the NY TIMES BESTSELLING author of fourteen highly successful suspense novels, including soon-to-be-released FALSE CONVICTIONS and national bestseller ABOVE THE LAW, as well the non-fiction New York Times Bestseller, THE DARK SIDE OF THE GAME which was featured on CBS's 60 Minutes. His last five novels have all been national bestsellers hitting the charts between #22 and #30 on the NY Times Bestseller list. While his first five novels used professional football as their backdrop, his most recent works have drawn more on his experiences as a lawyer exploring the themes of ambition and revenge.

Tim is also the author of a memoir entitled A MAN AND HIS MOTHER: AN ADOPTED SON'S SEARCH which was featured in PEOPLE magazine, Entertainment Tonight, and ABC's Prime Time.
His writing career began at Syracuse University where he was a Rossman Scholar for Humanities, a Syracuse Scholar, an NCAA Top Six Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa, and co-valedictorian of his class. While studying English Literature, Tim became acquainted with the renowned minimalist Raymond Carver, and had the opportunity to study under the award-winning writer and professor Tobias Wolff.

During his studies, Tim also played football for the Syracuse Orangemen with a career that included a consensus All-American honors as well as his recent induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. In 1986, he was selected in the first round of the NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons where he was a star defensive end for eight years. During his NFL career, Green began his thirteen year career as a commentator for National Public Radio, wrote columns for USA Today, and received his law degree with honors at Syracuse University. Because of his accomplishments both Sports Illustrated and the Los Angeles Times have called Tim Green the "Renaissance Man" of sports. After his playing career, Tim spent eleven years as an NFL analyst for FOX Sports and recently hosted FOX's nationally syndicated news magazine, A Current Affair. His other broadcast experiences have included ABC Good Morning America's legal commentator, Court TV's Pros and Cons, host of FOX Sports Net's Emmy nominated show NFL TOTAL ACCESS, and Comedy Central's Battlebots. Recently, Tim hosted the ABC Prime Time reality show, FIND MY FAMILY.
In 2007, Tim wrote FOOTBALL GENIUS, his first novel for young readers, and an instant NY Times Bestseller. The success and enjoyment of working with his own kids on the project resulted in FOOTBALL HERO, which was released in 2008. In both novels, Tim models the main characters after his own children, submerging them into a suspenseful world that blends adolescent life and sports with the visceral realm of the NFL. FOOTBALL HERO was selected as a Junior Library Guild choice and a GMA summer page turner for young adults. Most recently he released BASEBALL GREAT, another NY Times Bestseller, as well as FOOTBALL CHAMP. Tim's newest young reader novel, RIVALS, will be released in stores in March 2010.
Tim lives with his wife, Illyssa, and their five children in upstate New York. More information about Tim can be found at his Web site www.timgreenbooks.com.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy on October 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
For a relatively short book, Tim Green's Above the Law seems to contain a bit of everything. A haggard and heroic lawyer, a corrupt politician, a dirty cop, international intrigue, human trafficking, border-security issues, a drug-running operation, murder, vigilante justice, a wrongful death lawsuit, and more. There's an awful lot packed into this story, which is well-written and enjoyable but suffers a bit after a good start, due largely to reader overload and unfulfilled plot potential.

When an illegal migrant worker is shot on a prominent senator's Texas ranch, the incident is quickly declared a tragic hunting accident. Perhaps too quickly, Casey Jordan, operator of a legal aid clinic in Dallas, thinks when the dead man's wife comes to her asking for help. When the wife is deported after being threatened with having her baby taken away, Casey smells a rat and opens an investigation into the shooting and other suspicious goings on at the senator's ranch. What she finds is shocking--and dangerous, especially when the senator strikes back, first using the media to attack Casey and then sending the Environmental Protection Agency to shut down her clinic. Desperate, Casey heads to Mexico to find and retrieve the wife of the slain worker, hoping for evidence that will prove the senator's guilt. But the senator has already shown he won't go down without a fight, and when the attacks threaten to turn deadly, Casey realizes she is engaged in a battle for her life.

The book starts out strong, as Green explores the legal and political ramifications of the shooting, and Casey's involvement as the legal advocate for an otherwise helpless illegal immigrant adds texture. Green takes aim at border politics as he sets up what appears to be the foundation for a fascinating courtroom battle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on February 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
On a ranch near Dallas, charismatic Senator Tucker "Chase" Dean shoots an undocumented migrant worker Elijandro "Ellie" Torres in what the police conclude is a tragic hunting accident. With tears and a catch in his throat the cherished politician tells what happened to the media and the public. His remorse makes him even more popular and enhances his road to the White House.

However, the victim's family insists he was cold bloodedly murdered by the affluent senator. The police ignore her accusations, but Legal Aid attorney Casey Jordan decides to follow up after meeting the widow and baby before they are deported. Casey soon learns that Tucker's wife was visiting the deceased. She begins to make a case that the powerful senator's motive for murder was being the cuckolded spouse. When the DA rejects prosecuting the case, Casey sues in civil court.

The star of twisting legal thriller THE LETTER OF THE LAW returns in another impossible scenario. This time Casey takes on a super power who manipulates everyone so that he is ABOVE THE LAW. The story line is fast-paced and like Casey's previous appearance filled with terrific spins. Although the support cast comes from legal thriller typecasting, heroic Casey is a delight as a modern day Dona Quixote fighting windmills.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thin Man on September 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I read halfway through this book before realizing it was just not going to get any better. The thread of the story seemed to unfold in a jumpy way, as if a publishing company prankster had removed every third or fourth sentence on selected pages and a paragraph here and there just for kicks. The dialogue felt the same awkward way to me. I kept thinking "Huh?" and feeling as though I had missed a line or two, but nope, that's all there was. The whole thing felt very amateurish, and this book goes on the very short list of books that I gave up on part way through. Life is too short.
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Tim Green has built up an enviable bibliography over the past several years following a career as an NFL defensive end and concurrent with the practice of law in upstate New York. ABOVE THE LAW, his latest book, features the surprising and welcome return of a character from a previous work, with a few new twists and some intriguing turns.

Casey Jordan appeared in Green's THE LETTER OF THE LAW. An attorney with a high-powered law firm, Casey found herself inadvertently being a party to a miscarriage of justice and set about to balance the scales, as it were, in an ingenious if slightly unorthodox manner. ABOVE THE LAW finds Casey in somewhat different circumstances, having left her white-shoe firm to open a women's legal aid clinic funded primarily by private contributions. Jordan undertakes the case of a pivotal client whose circumstances will soon change everything for her.

Isadora is an illegal immigrant who faces deportation and separation from her child, born in the United States and regarded as an "anchor baby." Her husband, Elijandro, was recently killed in a hunting accident involving his employer, Senator Chase, a prominent Texas politician who has his eye on the Oval Office. Isadora believes that her husband was in fact murdered by the senator, who suspected his wife of being involved with Elijandro. Casey manages to keep mother and infant together, but as she and her legal investigator attempt to conduct their own investigation into Elijandro's death, they keep running into dead ends that are in fact cleverly constructed roadblocks: no one wants to take Chase on.

Meanwhile, Chase is hiding much more than his deliberate murder of Elijandro.
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