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Color of Law
by Mark Gimenez
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Doubleday, 2005 (2005)
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* * *   Reviewed by Pat Elliott

Scott Fenney doesn't take his work home. His wife wouldn't listen if he did. His daughter, Boo, listens and thinks her Dad is superman (one day soon, Scott and Boo will discover he isn't superman). Scott Fenney was always on the receiving end of good things. A college football hero in college, Scott maneuvered his way into law school. With hard work, and a few breaks he is now employed in a high dollar Dallas law firm.

Scott learns the ropes from his friend and mentor, Dan, who owns the law firm. He applies the tricks of the trade, never thinking of the people being hurt (even destroyed) by his decisions. He is proud of what he is and who he is. One day a federal judge orders him to defend Shawanda Jones pro bono. She has been charged with the murder of the spoiled son of the next presidential candidate. Shawanda was with Colon McCall the night he died. She claims she didn't kill him. But who will believe a black hooker who's hooked on coke?

There is a point at which Scott is in charge of his own destiny. If he goes after the big bucks, Shawanda will be executed, and her daughter Pajamae will become an orphan. If Scott defends Shawanda (in the way he knows is right), he will lose everything - his career, his job, his family and his dignity. Is the color of law black and white, red and yellow? Is it about justice for all the people all of the time? Or is the color of law green like dollars, and justice reserved for the rich?

Gimenez writes a riveting first novel in the tradition of John Grisham's legal thrillers. A lawyer himself (once with a large firm and now in single practice), Gimenez knows of what he writes, and the picture ain't pretty.

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