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Jimmy Hardcover – September 20, 2005

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Jimmy, a mildly retarded child, sees "Watchers," or angels, and in his innocence, he's very nearly an angel himself. His parents wonder if he'll ever be able to take care of himself and gently move him toward independence. He responds admirably. In fact, it's Jimmy's highly developed sense of responsibility that eventually gets him in trouble, but his angels are there, and whatever happens, apparently, is God's will. For some readers, Jimmy will seem sentimental. For others, it will summon gratifying tears. John Mort
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About the Author

Robert Whitlow is the bestselling author of legal novels set in the South and winner of the Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. He received his J.D. with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law where he served on the staff of the Georgia Law Review. Twitter: @whitlowwriter Facebook: robertwhitlowbooks


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739460862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739460863
  • ASIN: 1595540636
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #845,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Whitlow grew up in north Georgia. He graduated magna cum laude from Furman University with a BA in history in 1976 and received his JD with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1979. A practicing attorney, he is a partner in a Charlotte, NC law firm. He and his wife Kathy have four children and three grandchildren.
Robert began writing in 1996. His novels are set in the South and include both legal suspense and interesting characterization. It is his desire to write stories that reveal some of the ways God interacts with people in realistic scenerios.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By L.M.W. on January 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Whitlow has written five other novels classified as legal thrillers, which have been compared to John Grisham's novels, but "Jimmy" is different. The book's dust jacket offered comparisons to Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn" and Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," both of which I enjoyed. While I think comparing Whitlow to Twain and Lee is a long stretch, I did enjoy this book.

Jimmy, the title character, is a 12-year-old "special needs" child with a below-average IQ. He has mental limitations but possesses a rare quality of inherent goodness. Jimmy's father is a successful attorney in the small Georgia town where they live, but Jimmy isn't very close to his father. However, he is extremely attached to his stepmother, who married his father when Jimmy was four years old. Jimmy's mother abandoned the family when he was almost two. The book is told through Jimmy's innocent eyes as he becomes a key witness in one of his father's criminal defense trials, partakes in outings with his devoted but unsaved grandfather, becomes involved in a custody battle when his long-absent birth mother seeks joint custody, begins high school with its challenges and dangers, and ultimately faces a life-and-death situation near the end of the book.

Overall, the book was a good read. It took several chapters for me to become really interested in the characters, and sometimes the plot seemed to drag a bit, but Whitlow's prose is good. Several parts of the book are quite humorous and caused me to laugh out loud. Others are frightening, as told from Jimmy's point of view. Some moments are sad, as well. I felt a bit betrayed by the writer at the end of the novel, but that's often what happens with bittersweet stories. The novel's crux is not the plot but the characters, which are developed quite nicely.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Garner on December 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Jimmy is a special book about a special young man. The title character is initially described with the euphemism "special" because of his low IQ. But it is only as you proceed through the pages of this special book that you come to see this term "special" in a whole new, and very positive, light. Besides this special young man, what was it that made Jimmy, the book, special? Part of the book's appeal is the setting of the story. Piney Grove, Georgia could be any number of small west Georgia towns "tobacco spitting distance from the Alabama line." I happen to live in just such a place, and Robert Whitlow has painted a beautiful portrait of not only the place, but the people and the kinds of problems they experience. There is no doubt that the cast of characters make this book special. There are several rich relationships which are explored through the author's expert story telling, but my favorite was the bond between Jimmy and his Grandpa. You will read of Jimmy going fishing with his Grandpa, and later of Jimmy becoming a fisher of men. You will find that the characters have their fears and frailties, and when they are able to overcome those fears and frailties through faith, your spirit will soar right along with theirs. And as the case of any truly special book, you will experience a full range of emotions while reading Jimmy. One minute I would find myself laughing out loud, and the next I would be reaching for a Kleenex.

Jimmy is, indeed, a special book. It is a multi-faceted journey with something in it for everyone: courtroom drama, outdoor adventures, exploration of emotional issues, encounters with angels, life-lessons, and a legacy of love which will challenge you to become someone "special" yourself.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Wolfe Moffat on October 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I know of a true story about a couple of fellows from the same church. The one guy had his own electrical business, while the other man went from job to job, just trying to make ends meet. The one man got a job at a well known store and was waiting for his orientation. Unbeknownst to him, there was a well known co-worker watching him for a few minutes. The co-worker went back to his job, and bragged to the other fellow about this goofy guy he'd seen. The man said, "Oh yeah! Did he act a little strange and act funny sometimes? Did he have a weird look on his face?" The other guy gave a startled look and said, "Why yes! That's the guy! How'd you know that?" The other man simply replied, "I'll have you know, that man goes to my church. He's a friend of mine, and he's got a heart of gold." Folks, I'll have everybody know that I personally read this, and with a lump in my throat, proclaim that Jimmy has a heart of gold.

Just the way this was put together, I could tell that this was something very special indeed. Robert Whitlow intended this to be not just another courtroom thriller, but one that gives some real feeling, and a new meaning altogether to life itself. So while this might lack the suspense of "The Trial", or doesn't drive forward like "Life Support", it stands on it's own, and never lets you go.

See the world through the eyes of James Lee Mitchell III, or as others simply call him, Jimmy. Feel free to romp around with Jimmy and his dog, Buster, as they have fun in the yard, or with Jimmy's best buddy, Max! Feel the excitement with Jimmy as you grip a power pole, and attempt to climb straight to the top. To be specific, it's not just a pole, but a 45 foot, class-B pole made from a south Georgia pine tree, just like Grandpa used to work with. Jimmy sure loves his grandpa.
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