- File Size: 571 KB
- Print Length: 315 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612969720
- Publisher: Black Rose Writing; 1 edition (December 7, 2017)
- Publication Date: December 7, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07811LKDL
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,003 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This bit of insight is from K-Town Confidential, one of the best legal thrillers I’ve read. What makes this book unique is that the protagonist is not your usual Tom Cruise or Matt Damon type of lawyer hero. The lawyer in this book is Holly Park, a young, somewhat naive Korean-American attorney who is as much a paradox as the backdrop of the book. Ethnically Korean, Holly is culturally All-American. She sets up her law practice in L.A.’s sprawling Koreatown, but knows nothing about the enclave, its values or its norms. She is an easy target for shady Koreatown characters, several of whom waste little time in finding ways to manipulate Holly for their own purposes. She has no idea of the implications of the cases she involves herself in, or the very real fact that her own life is placed in jeopardy.
Stylistically, K-Town Confidential is so much better than Grisham. For one thing, there is humor. Wry, gritty humor. There is beautiful imagery: wonderful metaphors with an Eastern flavor. The authors did a marvelous job adapting the genre to this uniquely ethnic tale, weaving Korean lore and wisdom into the narrative. We see the rich, ancient tapestry of Korea cloaking the dark side of L.A. Koreatown, its history and its struggle.
The story has action and intrigue aplenty for readers of the legal thriller genre. In fact, the plot is so deft and intricate that even the smallest details are important and are connected to the many surprises that kept sneaking up on me. Alongside the action there is a romantic theme which makes the story all the more complex, all the more fascinating.
I am not easily drawn in and hooked by the opening scenes of a book. But I think it was the unusual mixture of East and West, old and new, guilty and innocent, that hooked me. And it was the skillful writing that kept me reading, for the pages seemed to turn of their own will, it was that compelling.
Chuck Redman (author of A Cottonwood Stand, to be released by Sunstone Press in the summer of 2018)
Kim and Chisholm very accurately and descriptively portray the cultural struggles Korean-Americans face while still highlighting the finer aspects of life in Koreatown. Their juxtaposition of traditional Korean culture with the ever-changing American culture exemplifies the societal obstacles many people face to this day. They also uniquely and successfully shed some light into the lives of the upper class, revealing in many ways that life in places such as Hancock Park is not always as great as it seems as a result of the economic, cultural, and social expectations that come with it.
The novel takes the reader through an emotional roller-coaster filled with happiness, sadness, suspense, and complete shock--all because each and every character featured in the novel is humanized and easy to relate to. This brilliant legal thriller consists of many unexpected (yet satisfying) plot twists that all tie together in the end. One notable aspect of the work is how every part of the story is extremely well thought out and everything in the plot happens for a reason. In effect, a handful of supposed strangers (whose characters are all very well developed) all become related in one way or another due to one common factor--the trial of Naomi Linser.
For a debut novel, K-Town Confidential is truly extraordinary. It combines legal professionalism with genuine, modern emotions, thus setting a unique and intriguing tone. I sincerely enjoyed reading this novel and I look forward to what else Kim and Chisholm will have in store!
Like Holly, I fell in love with The Dumok, and without giving anything away, I cried at the end. I would give this book more than 5 stars!!
Thank you so much Claire and Brad for sharing this wonderful story.
"In his car Choi sat, thinking, cracking his knuckels and clenching his hands into fits. He had hidden in the shadows for twenty years in dread of this day. The day the Dumok would come looking for Nara song." The authors have integrated some Korean culture in this book and I for one loved it.
All in all, he most important thing is that the book tells no matter what we hide or try to wiggle through, truth comes out in the end. Justice still live in this world. I look forward to what else Claire might have up her sleeve!