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The Perk [Kindle Edition]

Mark Gimenez
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A grieving widower gets caught up in the politics of his Texas hometown when he returns to make peace with his father.

THE PERK was selected for BOOKS TO DIE FOR: THE WORLD'S GREATEST MYSTERY WRITERS ON THE WORLD'S GREATEST MYSTERY NOVELS, edited by John Connolly and Declan Burke.

Best-seller lists:

No. 6, Ireland
No. 11, Australia
No. 17, UK

Editorial Reviews:

"Remember when John Grisham exploded on to the courtroom drama market with novels of breathtaking brilliance? Lightning just struck twice." - The Daily Record (Scotland)

"Gimenez returns to the complex legal thrillers where he seems to be at his best. The Perk has mystery, humour and history along with well-drawn characters that the reader will actually care about. As is often the case in legal thrillers, there is a mix of those characters that take the moral high ground and those who seem just out for their own good. Unusually, there are also a few comic and slightly caricatured figures here as well—but they all fit well together in the plot. Together with great characters and a strong plot there is also lots of interesting historical information. The ending may not be what is expected but it is all the better for it and proves to be a good finish to an excellent book. As ever, Gimenez is highly recommended, impossible to put down and definitely not to be missed." - CrimeSquad.com (UK)

"Just as well I started The Perk on the weekend, as I couldn't put down this book. . . . This one's a cracker—neatly woven subplots, a taut thriller and a wonderfully current statement on American popular culture. And yes, Gimenez may possibly be the next Grisham." - Kerre's Book Reviews (UK)

“Gimenez fills the John Grisham hole in the legal-thriller genre so well there may be no room left for Grisham.” – The Sunday Times (Perth)

"Gimenez's novels are gripping, intense thrillers. Guaranteed to keep you up well into the night, The Perk is an exceptionally well crafted novel, populated by a cast of characters that are realistically-drawn and appealing. As always, thought-provoking, intelligent, and addictive. Highly recommended." - Civilian-Reader (UK)

Top Ten of 2008—"We read lots of thrillers and they can tend to merge into one another. The Perk stood out by a mile as an excellent example of the genre and a stunning, well told tale in its own right. Gimenez' stature continues to grow." - CrimeSquad.com (UK)


Editorial Reviews

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An exceptionally well-crafted novel, populated by a cast of characters that are relaistically drawn and appealing Civilian Reader.com

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An exceptionally well-crafted novel, populated by a cast of characters that are relaistically drawn and appealing Civilian Reader.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 658 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Navarchus Press (October 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005UHJE6Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,933 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Year's Best August 20, 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have no idea why this book is only available from the UK. This is the author's third book. Both of the previous novels were first rate legal thrillers and this one continues the tradition. The book jacket compares Giminez to John Grisham. In my opinion, he is better.

All of his novels are set in Texas, a place he knows and understands. This one takes place largely in Fredricksville as a former local football hero returns to his roots after an absense of twenty-four years. He left to go to Notre Dame and play as quaterback on their football team. Then on to law school, a large Chicago law firm where he was a star trial lawyer. He also left bitter and angry at his father following his mother's death. He returns with his two children following the death of his wife from cancer. Her death has left a large hole in his life and the lives of his children which he is trying desperately to fill.

The novel is full of interesting and well drawn characters and the reader is quickly drawn into the story which is masterfully told by a novelist who uses dialogue with the same skill that Van Cliburn handled a piano.

If you have previously discovered this author, he remains as good as you remember. If you have not, you have a wonderful treat in store. In fact, you have three.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Mr. Gimenez... April 11, 2009
Format:Paperback
"If you beg for it they will mail". Well that's not the exact quote but that doesn't make it less true. Trying to find this book here in the US has been nothing short of frustrating! Why, with the success of Mark's first two books, didn't the publishers didn't pick up his next one? Who knows, I just know that the US publishers are a bunch of [...] for not publishing this book. I wrote Mark about the pain I was feeling and he actually sent me `The Perk' and `The Common Lawyer'. WOW!

I like Mark's books for a number of reasons, the least of which is his ability to bring you in and make you want to be a part of the story. I felt it with `The Common Lawyer' and I really felt it with `The Perk'. The emotions that Beck was feeling with the loss of his wife, the fear of raising his kids, the uncertainty of coming back home, and the gulf between him and his father is a very moving sub-plot to this book. For me, it did start off a bit slow, and that was a bit unusual for one of Mark's books. Thankfully slow doesn't mean boring, and once this book's engine warmed up it purred like a vintage Mustang.

Beck is a football celebrity in this small Texas town (Fredericksburg) but it's a town that he could not wait to get out of after high school. He vowed never to come back... ever... but life has a way of laughing at our arrogance in thinking that we can actually control it. He comes back to town and sees the effects of time and progress. While this community has kept its "small town mentality" it has also tried to accept the modern growth that comes with time. The dynamics are pretty funny if you think about it. An American town, controlled by old-school Germans, dealing with illegal Mexicans, all while trying to keep the Texas honored cult that is high school football.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great third novel from a truly gifted author September 15, 2008
By wtcdean
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
When I read Mark's first book I knew I wanted more. His ability to incorporate realism and tension combined with his gift for plot development made The Color of Law a real page-turner. His second novel, The Abduction, was just as gripping as the first. In his third novel, Gimenez hits a home run. His descriptions of the location are (pardon the pun) dead on! The legal twists combined with the in-depth sports involvement make for a great read that will leave you wanting more. This Texas author is number one in my book!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story that captures you mind 24X7 August 23, 2008
Format:Paperback
This is the best of his three books so far. I eagerly look forward to The Common lawyer next spring. Buy and read now so you are one of the first to read the new Grisham.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Perk November 26, 2012
Format:Paperback
Being an avid mystery reader and after seeing all the rave reviews for this book, I was hoping to find another "go to" author in Mark Gimenez. I'm afraid that I did not. Briefly, the primary reason for this is that just about everything and everyone in this book is some form of a stereotype...the plot dynamics and, particularly, the characters (the grieving husband, the number one high-school football recruit in the country, the evil/devious local businessman, the heartless/pompous Hollywood star and the heightened animosity between the local whites, mostly German Americans, no less, and the "shadow" Mexican/Latino population). It all became too much for me. It's too bad as I liked the way Gimenez writes, including some interesting plot twists and pretty well thought out legal gymnastics. Nevertheless, the constant character hyperbole diminished the book as a whole. Tone it down a little, Mark. Tone it down.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Good September 3, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I wanted to quit reading this book multiple times, but I forced myself to finish it. Unfortunately, it never improved. Things like having a judge doing battle with coyotes using only his bare hands made me feel like I was reading a cartoon! I selected the book because of the good reviews. I don't know what book those previous reviewers read, but it sure wasn't this one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perk September 16, 2008
Format:Hardcover
A fairly new writer who is terrific. Anyone who has not read him should. His first book, The Color of Law, is a classic in the style of John Grisham. Treat yourself to his fast moving, well written books that also contain a moral.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Never better.
I always enjoy Mark Gimenez's books but this one was (in my opinion) the best one! He intricately wove the Fredericksburg history into the plot. Read more
Published 1 hour ago by golfer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best I've read
A very enjoyable book. One of the best I've read. Not the usual made up story where the hero can do no wrong. Read more
Published 9 days ago by road runner
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Enjoyed the book a lot, a bit unbelievable in parts but that's what fiction is
Published 15 days ago by Judy Carli
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best by Gimenez
I was a little disappointed in The Perk. There was a little too much going on and it's difficult to pinpoint exactly what the story was about. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Natasha Walth
3.0 out of 5 stars good and kept my interest
Entertaining but somewhat predictable. I did definitely learn something about the Fredericksburg area. It's amazing how resistant to change some people can be.
Published 16 days ago by Carole
5.0 out of 5 stars great story, keeps u in your seat until you ...
great story , keeps u in your seat until you finish the book
Published 19 days ago by Peter Greiner
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Finished the book but found myself losing interest now and then. I will give this author another try though.
Published 22 days ago by linda daly
5.0 out of 5 stars This was even better than the Color of Law
This was even better than the Color of Law. I grew up in Texas and have always had a soft spot for the people there. This sure brings back a lot of memories!
Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read.
Published 27 days ago by Thomas C. Thousand
5.0 out of 5 stars Life isn't fair
A well written story of how unfair life can be regardless of age, race, or gender. This is a story of small town USA with all its joys and pains, and murder. Read more
Published 29 days ago by S. Cooley
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