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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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