Hick Lawyer Kindle Edition
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- File size : 339 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication date : June 10, 2018
- Print length : 196 pages
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- ASIN : B07DN6S4M5
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #276,567 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book had so many typos and homophones spelled incorrectly I can't imagine this was even edited.
I will not finish this book as this is too aggravating and took away any reading enjoyment.
The protagonist of “Hick Lawyer” is Dexter Smith, a lawyer who settled in middle-of-nowhere Nebraska to hang out his shingle. He’s more interested in wetting his whistle at the local bar where he’s a regular than having a prosperous career. As a result, he just ekes out a living by defending small-time drug dealers and other petty criminals, along with some civil work and taking occasional appointments to defend indigents. He gets along reasonably well with the legal powers-that-be in the county who recognize the need for someone to provide competent but unspectacular, constitutionally mandated defenses in criminal cases. However, things begin to change for Dexter when he gets his big case, defending an elderly local farmer who is accused of killing his three sons-in-law in one single day-long murder spree.
Dexter’s big case in “Hick Lawyer” is the sort that a Scott Turow hero would salivate over, but, somewhat surprisingly, the book isn’t primarily about that case. The author does return to it from time to time, and it’s fair to say that there’s more to the case than first meets the eye. However, the main focus of “Hick Lawyer” is on what occupies the rest of Dexter’s time. In part, that includes playing politics with the county prosecuting attorney and the other powers-that-be in the county legal system. The author clearly has an understanding of how things work in small counties with small budgets and a need to keep the system rolling. Unlike the Perry Mason school of courtroom thrillers, “Hick Lawyer” features attorneys who respect and know how to work with each other even when on opposite sides of the case.
In addition to the look at the local legal system, the author provides some insight into the types of cases that make up most of a sole practitioner’s practice. At different times in the book, Dexter has to try to get the best sentencing terms possible for a habitual drug defendant, keep a single mother in rough circumstances from losing custody of her child, and even step in to represent the county attorney’s mother when she becomes embroiled in a traffic squabble that gets out of hand. These cases would never see the light of day in most legal thrillers, but author Burns gives them their due here.
Of course, being in a small town, Dexter meets his share of oddball characters, especially those who frequent his favorite drinking establishment. The author spends plenty of time detailing the escapades of these locals, most of which don’t involve Dexter. This material is very much a case of YMMV. Those who enjoy small-town, local flavor humor will probably enjoy these interludes a good bit (I got a few chuckles from them). Others seeking a more traditional legal thriller will not.
At times, the author does meander a bit, and “Hick Lawyer,” even at 200 pages, could have used a bit tighter editing. The book could also have used some better copy editing, as it has its share of misspellings and grammatical errors. Despite those flaws, the resolution of Dexter’s big case is rather entertaining, and he proves to have a good bit of skill, both in and out of the courtroom. But whether readers really like the book will depend more on their taste for the depiction of small-town life and legal politics than their enjoyment of Dexter’s big case. I found “Hick Lawyer” to be an interesting change of pace from the routine legal thrillers found in abundance on Amazon. By the end of the book, Dexter Smith shows that he is no hick lawyer, and Corey Burns shows that he is no hick writer.
Top reviews from other countries
The wise old country bumpkin lawyer is always a chestnut.
There was more 'hick' than 'lawyer' in this one.
I finally lost interest with all the banalities of small town country life.
There is an audience for this type of book, but I'm not part of it.