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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.
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.Read more ›
This is my second book by Mark Gimenez, and frankly, I was a little disappointed. It is very slow-moving in the beginning. The author spends a lot of time setting up the characters and how the Germans founded Fredricksburg, and for most of the first 2/3 of the book, I wondered whether the Prologue was just a side story. Apparently, Texas has a five-year statute-of-limitations on statutory rape, and Beck only had 6 months to beat the deadline and solve the cold case. Steroid use by the HS football team seemed to consume most of the book while time was running out on solving the murder. Also a lot of time is devoted to the plight of illegal Mexican immigrants. One problem I had with the book was that the name of the killer was revealed in the Prologue, but he seems to have changed names by the end of the book without any explanation. I expect surprises in a good mystery, but I don't appreciate trickery, and I'm afraid that a fast one was pulled here.
I'm not giving up on Mr. Gimenez, but I thought "Accused" was a lot better.
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I loved the book and Gimenez is a very good writer but this will be the last book of his I read. I read because I love a good story. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Denise G
A good read, a lot of twists and turns, a time limit to solve a problem for a friend, a tragic event to the hero, a racial problem, Hollywood stars and money, a football star, and... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Kindle Customer
I have been impressed with Mark's books. I enjoyed this one so much that I have begun to read all his books.Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
Story hooked me from page one and then kept me up late at night as I worked my way to the end...... Read morePublished 25 days ago by ruben vasquez
This was such a good book to read. I loved the character development and the way the story evolved. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
There were several different story lines to keep it entertaining and a lot of twists that you did not expect.Published 1 month ago by Lauren A. Prunty
Of the four Gimenez books I've read so far, I liked "The Perk" the best.....and the other three were at least as good or better than the best of any of my last couple of hundred... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Grampy D