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Length: 512 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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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

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  • File Size: 980 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Navarchus Press (October 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005UHJE6Y
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,071 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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73 of 78 people found the following review helpful By John R. Linnell on 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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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jason Frost VINE VOICE on 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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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By jeffrey spilman on November 26, 2012
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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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By wtcdean on September 15, 2008
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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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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte T on January 24, 2014
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I loved the initial story and character development about a young girl that is exploited by a Hollywood celebrity and a widower returning home to Texas to make sure his children have the support of a nuclear family. Sadly, most of the book is devoted to the story line of people who have entered the country illegally. To sum up the plot; "Old, White Germans are baaaaad and evil"; "people who have entered the country illegally are noble, discriminated against and better than people that immigrated to the US legally".

If your are looking for a book that glorifies illegal immigration; this is the book for you. If you are looking for a book that is a great Legal Thriller; you'll find this book tedious and annoying.
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