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Illegal Hardcover – March 24, 2009
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The details of the human trafficking in illegals are fascinating, and definitely bring the book alive. We get to see plenty of sides to the issue under many different circumstances. The author never tries to reduce the issue to some platitude or provide a magical solution. Instead, he allows it to simply act as an incredible backdrop for his story.
Make no mistake--whether you agree that this book is depressing or not, it's definitely dark. There are themes and often scenes of murder, abuse, sexual abuse, rape, attempted rape, attempted pedophilia, and more. Illegal isn't for everyone.
My only other reservation is that some of the details at the end wrap up entirely too neatly. I don't want to give the events away; I'll merely say that there are things that hang over Jimmy's head for most of the novel as dire threats that are swept under the rug with barely an explanation when the time comes to wrap things up, and it broke the ability to suspend disbelief for me.
This is definitely a fascinating thriller, and if you're looking for a peek into the dark world of illegal immigrants and human trafficking then definitely give it a shot. But it does have a few flaws.
We come to find out that Payne has experienced a devastating personal tragedy, one that has cost him his family and apparently his judgment. As the book begins, Payne is recruited --- "coerced" may be a better word --- into entrapping a judge in a bribery scheme. He is successful, but, as with many things with which Payne is involved, it backfires badly on him, more so when he is accused of diverting some of the bribery money for himself. The accusation is career-threatening, all the more so because it's true. On the run from the police, Payne crosses paths with a 12-year-old Mexican runaway who is in even more trouble than he is.
Tino Perez and his mother, Marisol, have been forced to flee their native Mexico and use a notorious coyote to negotiate the illegal crossing into the United States. Mother and son become separated along the way, with the result being that Tino suddenly finds himself penniless on the streets of Los Angeles without papers or guidance.Read more ›
This was a fast paced thriller with characters that have a lot of emotional baggage. The main character, J. Atticus "Jimmy" Payne is a lawyer whose marriage has fallen apart following a tragic accident. He gets trapped by a bad cop into bribing a crooked judge which leads to his career falling apart as well. Then finds himself facing multiple felony charges. In the past he has helped the survivors of a truckload of immigrants who were left to die of heat exhaustion. Because of this, he is sought out by Tino, a twelve year old boy who has become separated from his mother in their clandestine border crossing. The issue of illegal immigration provides the backdrop for this thriller with murder, rape, slavery, prostitution and attempted pedophilia as some of the abuses facing undocumented workers. The book is an exciting thriller and hard to put down.
The dialog in Spanish is terrible. It looks like he used a web based translator program or just asked someone who really didn't speak Spanish well. It is like if a foreigner who speaks English poorly tries to integrate swearing into his speech, but nearly always does it wrong. It is just embarrassing. Probably the worst is that every night, Tino says "Buenos Noches" (rather than "Buenas")to "Himmy" (rather than "Jimmy" or even "Yimmy" which might sound believable).
Jimmy starts with $5,000 in cash and due to his outstanding warrants cannot use credit cards or cash machines. He quickly uses all but a couple hundred dollars on fake documents and bribes but still manages to pay for hotels, meals, gas, baseball gloves and balls, shoes, a chainsaw and he gives $350 to a father to get help for his sick daughter.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the second Paul Levine book I have read. The book is fast paced. I like the wisecracking protagonist. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Kona Tony
Liked the overall plot and characters. I liked that not everyone got a happy ending but book ended in a good place and set up for follow up of further story lines. Enjoyable read.Published 1 month ago by smith12884
Gripping throughout though a little predictable at times. Didn't see the end coming, nice surprise...Published 1 month ago by Melanie Jackson
I enjoyed this book. The story was well written and the boom was hard to put down.Published 1 month ago by Kim M. Seeley
Fairly quick paced and great plot. Recommend this to all. Hoping there is a book 2, will enjoy that I expect!Published 2 months ago by Tom Colgan
Another great lawyer series by one of newest favorite authors.Published 2 months ago by Mark Belsaas
Good pace and great story. If you enjoy suspense it is a good read.Published 4 months ago by john calcagni