- Audio Cassette: 9 pages
- Publisher: Books On Tape (2002)
- ISBN-10: 0736686770
- ISBN-13: 978-0736686778
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,358,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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LAW OF GRAVITY: Collectors Edition Audio Cassettes Audio, Cassette – Unabridged, 2002
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Senator Warren Young has a major problem of his own. He is the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and his aide, Martin Greenberg, has vanished. A few of the clues could mean espionage, but they also mean something far more ordinary. Using his influence, Senator Young has convinced the Attorney General to have Philip Barkley run the investigation, which will solve the possible media problem. There is to be an investigation of sorts, but the result is pre-ordained. Philip Barkley's report is to publicly clear Green and in effect Senator Young of espionage so that the Senator can go forth and campaign for the Presidency. If Barkley cooperates and does what he is told, favors will be called in and they will help him relocate to Oregon where he wants to start his life over.
Barkley knows that there is much more to this than meets the eye. But since he has nothing left to lose, agrees to the plan.Read more ›
The disappointment of the reviewers who panned this book can be understood because it was marketed as a courtroom thriller (even the cover art!), but it's not. It is a novel about how tragedy and disappointment changes lives, and about the essence of principle and character that remains. Don't think "Day of the Jackal", think "Crime and Punishment."
One of the best books I've read in the last 5 years.
Philip Barkley was on the way up as a "Hill" lawyer. He was the "minority" attorney to the Appropriations Committee. If his party won the next election, Barkley would become the White House counsel. But a problem arises in a fund raising scandal. He could not just say, "I don't recall." Instead he tells the truth, resulting in infamy that damages his party and leaves him politically isolated. Philip has the big money jobs taken away, then his beloved daughter who dies from an expensive illness. Soon after, his marriage collapses, he loses his house and most of his friends. A career guy saves him with a secure but boring job writing appellate briefs at Justice. The rest of his days are destined to be pulled down the slippery slope of depression for which he has been hospitalized three times. He remains heavily medicated as this story begins. He knows he is a mere flunky for whatever paperwork needs doing. When he goes to work, that is. Most of his time is spent on sick leave. Barkley became cynical, deciding the true system of checks and balances was not among the branches of government, but between its servants wedded to self-interest, and those with principle. He still believes himself a man of principle, but nobody else does.Read more ›
I like the 2 main characters. Barkley is a wimp. Sure, life got on its hind legs and gave him a beating. Yes. Sad. Teary. But it's time to get over it. You know. Move on. But Barkley is a mess. Anti-depressants, sleeplessness, and talk about your flight risks? Barkley's packed and ready to go to (???) Oregon.
Agent Turner of the FBI on the other hand is a self absorbed witch, out for herself, motivated not just for success but for victory.
Martin Green is a Jewish assistant in the Senate searching for illicit campaign funding. And suddenly he discovers . . . something. We don't know what. But he is hastily accused of treason, and then kills himself. Barkley for the AG's office and Turner for the FBI are assigned to investigate. Turner sees Barkley as an impediment and wants to dump him. Barkley couldn't care less. Except . . . .
In his prozac stupor, Barkley thinks it's odd that Green killed himself because he remembers that while at college, Green spoke out harshly over the suicide of a friend saying that it was the coward's way out and solved nothing. So Green's suicide makes little sense to Barkley.
That's all he has to go on.
I can't tell you how magnetic the book was. And I am pleased by the reviewers who say that the prior book, "In Her Defense," is even better. I picked that up last night. Merry Christmas to me. 5 Stars. Excellent stuff. I'm a fan of Mr. Horn.
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I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was well written and the theme was interesting and illuminating. I enjoyed the story very much.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
i had read the book before and it was just as good the second time around. i just wish Mr.Horn would write more great legal novels!Published 14 months ago by CONADINE S. BANNINGER
I adored this novel from the first sentence and grieved when it was over. Further grief when I found out that this was his last published novel. Read morePublished 20 months ago by antaeaventura
It's really too bad Mr Horn has only written two books. Both are so very well conceived and written; great story lines. I read a book a week; have for thirty years. Read morePublished on March 21, 2011 by Brice K.
It's easy to agree with most of the positive and negative reviews. Yes, it is replete with coincidences and cliches, but the pacing allows us to quickly get over our eye-rolls.Published on December 6, 2010 by S. McHale
Law of Gravity is a great political thriller - believable characters, an engaging plot with enough twists and turns to keep you turning the pages and realistic enough to make you... Read morePublished on June 6, 2010 by JoeV
Law of Gravity was one of the best crafted novels I have ever read. Great storyline, believable characters, and is great emotional read. Highly recommend.Published on October 24, 2009 by Paul Palmer
Never read this author before, however, from the beginning it got to me. It is slightly different than other books I have read about CIA, FBI, etc. Read morePublished on December 30, 2008 by Carol Kulman
I really appreciated 'Law of Gravity'. This book is one of those that you stumble across after reading dozens of half decent thrillers and ends up re-awakening your respect for the... Read morePublished on December 16, 2007 by clifford