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3.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 5 3.71 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Gimenez Narrator: Brian Keith Lewis Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Scott Fenney Series Release Date: October 2005 ISBN: 9780739323250
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Clark McCall, ne’er-do-well son of Texas millionaire senator and presidential hopeful Mack McCall, puts a major crimp in his father’s election plans when he winds up murdered—apparently by Shawanda Jones, a heroin-addicted hooker—after a tawdry night of booze, drugs, and rough sex.

Scott Fenney, who’s worked his way to being a partner at an elite Dallas law firm, is assigned to provide Shawanda’s pro bono defense after the federal judge on the case hears him deliver an inspiring, altruistic—and completely insincere—speech to the local bar association. Scott plans to farm the case out to an old law school buddy, do-good-attorney Bobby Herrin. But his plans go awry when Shawanda puts her foot down in court and refuses to be passed off to the lawyer she considers the lesser attorney.

As the case unfolds, pressure is exerted on Scott to deter him from being too aggressive in his defense of Shawanda. That pressure becomes palpable as Scott is slowly stripped of the things he’s come to care for most. Will he do the right thing—at a terrible cost—or the easy thing and keep his hard-earned fabulous life?

With echoes of early John Grisham, THE COLOR OF LAW is a provocative page-turner that marks the stunning debut of a major new talent.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Move over John Grisham…Mark Gimenez makes his debut with a legal thriller…that will keep you on the edge of your seat.”

    San Antonio Express-News

  • “It’s a tasty plot—big money, political intrigue, sexy wives, precocious little girls—but the novel would be a lot less fun without Gimenez’s scathing portrait of the city and its most powerful citizens.”

    Washington Post

  • Move over John Grisham.... Mark Gimenez makes his debut with a legal thriller...that will keep you on the edge of your seat. San Antonio Express-News"An unbeatable thriller with a lot of heart.
  • “Gimenez’s debut has plenty of twists and flashes of humor. A promising, distinctive new voice.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Gimenez does a fine job with the plot; lots of twists and the courtroom scenes are great.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “Engrossing…A book for your friends who like to devour legal thrillers like popcorn.”


  • “Fast-paced and thought-provoking…A well calibrated contemporary morality play.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A taut legal thriller that echoes To Kill a Mockingbird. With fast-paced and edgy prose, dramatic tête-à-têtes between attorneys, and an explosive courtroom conclusion, Gimenez effectively weaves elements of race, class, and justice into a story of a lawyer who rediscovers the difference between doing good and doing well.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Starts fast and never slows down.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “At least once a year a new legal thriller hits the shelves, hyped to the stars, with promises that the author will be ‘the next John Grisham.’ Usually, the fanfare is wasted…Not so with Mark Gimenez’s compelling debut, The Color of Law.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • A 2006 International Thriller Writers Award Nominee for Best First Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 1/26/2011

    " Really enjoyed this book ....kind of like the John Grisham novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 1/26/2011

    " It was fun that the story was set in Dallas. The ending was a bit 'Murder She Wrote' like but it was OK. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amey | 1/24/2011

    " This was a "found" book. Had no expectations for it and found that I couldn't put it down. Would definitely read another by this author.

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 1/2/2011

    " My favourite mindless, holiday read. As usual totally predictable, totally one dimensional characters but a great, light and fluffy read that drags you straight in. The male version of chick lit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bookeraj | 12/8/2010

    " Court drama, a bit naive, but readable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 10/19/2010

    " Love the references and similar themes to"To Kill a Mockingbird". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 10/11/2010

    " Reads like the early Grisham books. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay | 9/24/2010

    " A good book with some great twists and turns. I think that this could be made into a really good movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 9/18/2010

    " Got this book from the library because the review described him as the next John Grisham (whom I think is a brilliant writer) , I personally feel he as got J-G beat with this novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 8/25/2010

    " I really loved this book. If you like Grisham then you will like this book.
    I found it compelling reading and couldn't put it down. I stayed awake till 5am to finish it lol.
    It is fast paced, the characters hugely believable and the writing superb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aravind | 8/20/2010

    " I enjoyed reading the book! Although one could guess what would happen in most chapters, it is the way in which the story unfolds that I liked. I also got a short summary of To Kill a Mockingbird in one of the chapters! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jade | 8/14/2010

    " I found it very predictable yet it still managed to keep me reading until the end. A quick read and a good way to kill some time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanveer | 7/27/2010

    " Good Book, very addictive. Lost my whole weekend :) Shows the dirty side of legal profession. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 7/19/2010

    " Great book, it was recommended by my mother - she was right - it was a very quick read! "

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About the Author
Author Mark Gimenez

Mark Gimenez grew up in Galveston County, Texas. Once a partner at a major Dallas firm, he gave it up in order to start his own practice and to write. He lives outside Fort Worth with his wife and two sons.

About the Narrator

Brian Keith Lewis is an actor and real estate broker. He has been a featured real estate expert on NBC, PBS, CBS, FOX, CNN, CNBC, and in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Financial Times, New York Observer, New York Sun, and New York Post. He serves as the on-camera New York pricing expert on For the HGTV’s My Home Is Worth What?, and the New York on-camera host for HGTV’s National Open House and on-camera Manhattan property expert for the BBC.

Brian graduated from The College of William and Mary, with a double concentration in government and theatre. His studies also took him to Paris, where he developed fluency in French, and to North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied acting. While working in guest services and sales at the Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton Hotels, he studied with legendary actress Uta Hagan. He has played roles off-Broadway, on television, in films, in numerous commercials, and has voiced several audiobooks. When he is not selling real estate or acting, Brian likes to bike ride along the Hudson, study New York City history, and travel.