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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,040 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Gimenez Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Scott Fenney Series Release Date: October 2005 ISBN: 9781415929247
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WHAT IF you had to choose between:

your seven-figure salary
your fancy house in the exclusive suburb
your memberships at a posh health club and even posher country club
your marriage
(not your soul; you’ve been renting it out for so long, it’s as good as sold)

and
doing the right thing

And what if in doing the right thing, all of the above still wasn’t enough and you risked having to pay the ultimate price? This is the choice that Scott Fenney faces when he’s assigned a political hot potato of a pro bono defense case in Mark Gimenez’s debut legal thriller, The Color of Law.

A poor-boy college football hero turned successful partner at a prominent Dallas firm—who long ago checked his conscience at the door—catches a case that forces him to choose between his enviable lifestyle and doing the right thing in this masterful debut legal thriller.


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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    NPR

  • “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

  • “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

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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginger | 2/13/2014

    " easy read. you expect the ending. I liked all the references to Dallas because I lived there for a few years. Reminds you that money can't buy you happiness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 1/31/2014

    " a Grisham wannabe; predictable plot, but enjoyable characters. I'd recommend for entertainment value--not a great novel. The writer's abuse of To Kill a Mockinbird was a bit much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee-Ann | 1/28/2014

    " this was a surprising find in the second hand shop ... really enjoyed it. The links to 'To kill a mockingbird were fun'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 12/21/2013

    " I thought this was a great book. Have the next one in the series and am getting ready to begin it. First book by Gimenez and am looking forward to reading more of his! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meghan Bingham | 12/18/2013

    " Ok book. Kind of Cinderella story. Easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marty | 12/14/2013

    " Gimenez is another lawyer turned author and a good one. A. Scott Finney who has all the good things money can but loses everything to defend a black, heroin-addicted prostitute. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Petrullo | 11/18/2013

    " This was a really good book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 11/12/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 8/20/2013

    " This is a quick and entertaining legal "thriller." About a lawyer going through some moral changes. One step above John Grisham. Good beach book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelvin Reed | 7/31/2013

    " I enjoyed this novel from start to finish--and finished it in no time because it was so engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mitzi Szereto | 6/16/2013

    " Very engaging and enjoyable. Interesting well drawn-out characters, gripping plot; I can't find any fault with this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 4/9/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bookeraj | 12/24/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A.J. Davidson | 12/22/2012

    " Second time reading this book. Enjoyed it, though I am getting fed up with the number of books about lawyers who redeem themselves. Worth a look though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marianne V | 11/19/2012

    " A good read of a lawyer caught doing good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 11/14/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. Just shows how easy things can go wrong and you can lose everything in the blink of an eye. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandi Booth | 8/19/2012

    " read it in a day at the pool - once again very easy reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Mcintyre | 7/26/2012

    " pretty good...kind of predictable, but a heart-warming story. I can see it as a movie. Like the little girls' dialog. Realistic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 6/21/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Hanley | 2/10/2012

    " This was my first Mark Gimenez and it was really impressive. I loved the Texan background and his skill in character development. Reminiscent at times of the late great John D MacDonald. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly Ylitalo | 1/11/2012

    " Listened to this one with Yvette on the drive from Tulsa, OK to Waynesboro, Virginia. Kept us awake and on the straight and narrow :-) Good story...good reader... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanveer Chowdary | 8/8/2011

    " 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 Rebecca | 4/23/2011

    " I really enjoyed this read from a first time novelist. It was a gripping suspense/legal thriller with the author paying homage to my favorite book, "To Kill a Mockingbird". "

  • 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

Stephen Hoye has worked as a professional actor in London and Los Angeles for more than thirty years. Trained at Boston University and the Guildhall in London, he has acted in television series and six feature films and has appeared in London’s West End. His audiobook narration has won him fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards.