Published by Sphere
The Colour of Law by Mark Giminez
A. Scott Fenney is a high powered Dallas corporate lawyer at the peak of his career. When a senator’s son dies in strange circumstances, Fenney is asked to defend the accused, a black, drug addict prostitute. He could lose everything he has worked for and struggles to decide what is right.
This is a story of a top corporate lawyer who earns $750,000 a year and has a 1.5 million house, a Ferrari and a few more flash cars. The title infers that the colour of law is definitely green, as in money. A.Scott Fenney can tell terrible jokes about himself and his fellow lawyers, (i.e. what do lawyers and sperm have in common? They have a one in a million chance of becoming human.) Knowing he is at the peak of his life and career, he thinks he is invincible, nothing can touch him. His world is then turned upside down when he is asked to defend a murder suspect. He has no moral way of refusing, and has very little chance of winning the case. His colleagues drop him like a hot brick, and he is in danger of losing everything.
An ambitious senator’s son has died in suspicious circumstances and all the stops are pulled out to stop Fenney from taking on the case and finding out the truth.
The characters are fairly clichéd, a noble black prostitute, a ruthless lawyer, a dodgy politician, his spoiled son, a trophy wife, and a clever, precocious little daughter. However they are all well developed and it is such a swift paced, edgy story that once you get into it is almost a compulsive read. Lawyers get some really cruel press in this story, some of it is probably well deserved and true, and some is over the top, but the court scenes are great, with a lot of tension, and the development of the story is excellent.
The ending was a bit disappointing as it was predictably too too happy ever after, but I would still recommend this as a not too serious weekend read, after all it is fiction, and will certainly read and review a few more of Gimenez’s books.