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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; First Edition edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307887839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307887832
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Magnificent…the story will inspire anyone who reads it.”
--Michael Santos, Huffington Post
 
“A story that moves from bleak to fairy-tale fantastic…[the] transformation is both moving and inspiring.”
--Bookpage
 
“Tells a good story of the deepest kind of redemption…Well, written, inspiring and thoroughly enjoyable.”
--Tim Challies, Challies.com

“Affecting…an unusal tale of punishment and redemption…readers will root for Hopwood’s attempts to follow a different path.”
--Kirkus Reviews

"The only thing more remarkable than Shon Hopwood's against-all-odds redemption is the skill with which he's told his story. A good lawyer needs brains, compassion, insight, and a sense of humor. LAW MAN displays all these traits in abundance. The verdict is in, and this is an outstanding book."
-- Jeffrey Ian Ross, Ph.D., coauthor BEHIND BARS: SURVIVING PRISON
 
“LAW MAN transcends the 'prison memoir' genre and offers a redemptive tale of the human spirit. From his damning portrait of his own transgressions to his exploration of criminal law, family, God, and love, Shon Hopwood paints a broad, troubling, wonderful canvass of a life transformed."
--James S. Hirsch, New York Times bestselling author of HURRICANE: THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF RUBIN CARTER
 
“A magnificent book that captures the complexity of the American prison system – both its casual savagery and its unanticipated ennobling aspects.  What is ironic about this tale is also what is hugely intriguing, that a man sentenced to ten years for flouting the law is ultimately redeemed by his passion for the law, and for justice.   This amazing story provides hope that people really can change their lives and make a difference.”
--Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, and author of THE CONSERVATIVE ASSAULT ON THE CONSTITUTION

About the Author

SHON HOPWOOD found love, a professional calling, and redemption while in prison. He now lives in Seattle with his wife and two children and attends law school.  DENNIS BURKE cowrote the bestselling The Translator.

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The story of Shon and Annie grips you from every angle.
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Shon has done amazing things, he turned his mistakes and is a great role model for those who have similar struggles in life.
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We can all have a second chance if we will just make the decisions we know to be right.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie on August 8, 2012
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This memoir is, hands down, an entirely splendid reading experience. Shon and Annie have much to disclose on the human condition--covering the topics of multiple bank robberies, a 10 yr stint in federal prison during which he discovered a passion for law and brought cases to the supreme court, death, anorexia, spiritual redemption, and rebirth into love, freedom, family, and law school. If you are human, alive, flawed, and have ever made a mistake, here's your summer read.
And yes, there is a fair amount of Christian sentiment--to those who are not like-minded, I was not put off. This review is coming from someone who is culturally Jewish and somewhat wary of much of the born again rhetoric. This book is for everyone.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kristin on August 11, 2012
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Law Man is a well written memoir that you can't put down! Shon and Ann Marie share their amazing stories of overcoming the demons of their youth and following their dreams. God's undending love and guidance allowed Shon to be a successful "law man" in the most unlikely place... federal prison. His incredible... almost unbelievable journey makes this book both entertaining and inspiring. A must read for all audiences. I highly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Constance Christopher on September 18, 2012
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I was looking forward to reading this book for several reasons. Mainly, I came to "meet" Shon Hopwood after he got out of prison and was working for Cockle and our firm had occasion to use their services. When he first told me he had robbed banks, served time and was writing a book, I couldn't wait for it to come out as I was admittedly very curious to read "his story." I found the book to be extremely compelling and read it in one sitting. Does it talk about his past and the bad decisions he made despite growing up in what appeared to be a supportive, loving family? Yes. Does it talk about prison life and what it was like being in the system and surviving? Absolutely. But the most impressive part to me was reading about a young man who not only learned from his mistakes, but somehow ended up on a road to helping others in prison with their appeals. This is the story of someone who decided that his past unfortunate choices were not going to define him and turn him into a person spending a lifetime of being in and out of prison. Instead, he immersed himself in legal books and studied the law, so he could help those around him who needed help with their appeals and, in turn, helped him get through his sentence. He took that knowledge to work in the legal field, and is now on a path toward law school.

With Shon's willingness to make amends to his family and the surprising support of his community, he learned that his life could get back on a better track. Shon does a great job showing the present time and then flashing back to discuss his past. The relationship with Annie and coming to grips with his own faith is expertly woven throughout the book as well. In short, I found this book to be an inspiring reminder that it's never too late to start over in life. We can all have a second chance if we will just make the decisions we know to be right.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janet J. Harrington on August 9, 2012
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This book is an excellent read. Finished it in one evening. Mr. Hopwood tells it like it is even in the so-called cushy federal prison. He tells how even the convicted felon can achieve success in life. Congratulations to him for doing what he has done with his life and prayers for him and his family as they continue to grow in Christ.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shellie Schultz on August 8, 2012
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This book is a must read! I found myself pulling for Hopwood through the various trials in his life. It ran the gamut of emotions and I could not put it down. Excellent!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Aldworth on December 18, 2013
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After graduating from high school, aimless and broke, Shon Hopwood plans several armed bank robberies across Nebraska with an accomplice. He is arrested and sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison. This memoir focuses on Hopwood's time there as he learns to navigate an entirely new social hierarchy and reflects on his past mistakes ("There is a strength in the union even of very sorry men," he paraphrases Homer to describe his criminal partnership). Most important of all, he begins to find purpose in the thick legal texts housed in the prison law library.

Hopwood works on other inmates' cases, honing his ability to understand the legalese and court opinions. Ultimately, Hopwood becomes involved in several landmark cases while still in prison. He describes them in clear, unadorned prose, comprehensible to anyone regardless of his or her background. Today, he has finished his sentence and attends law school in Washington state: a classic story of redemption.

He also chronicles his developing romance with a former high school classmate. Like Hopwood, she is battling her own confining demons, but they come in the form of a severe eating disorder rather than metal bars. I was pleasantly surprised by the sensitive treatment of this issue and how much heart the story had.

Pick this one up from the library. It's worth an evening or two to read if you have an interest in personal narratives about the criminal justice system.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Constance McLennan on October 1, 2013
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Hopwood's book is skillfully written, tightly edited, and moves so briskly it's hard to imagine how interminable ten years must have seemed in reality. That he survived and emerged intact is a testament not only to his own strength, but to that of his family and friends. As Anthony Hopkins said in the movie "The Edge," "What one man can do, another man can do." If there is one Shon Hopwood, there are others who have the same potential. Failing to identify and salvage them is a tragic, unacceptable failure of our current system of justice. Convicted felons and their families need the perspective, hope and encouragement Shon's story offers. I will be following his progress and looking forward to knowing "the rest of the story."
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