The Color of Law

The Color of Law

A Novel

Book - 2005
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Lawyer Scott Fenney isn't thrilled when he is appointed to defend Shawanda Jones, a prostitute accused of killing the son of a Texas Senator and presidential candidate, Mark McCall.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2005.
ISBN: 9780385516730
0385516738
Characteristics: 401 p. ; 24 cm.
Summary: Lawyer Scott Fenney isn't thrilled when he is appointed to defend Shawanda Jones, a prostitute accused of killing the son of a Texas Senator and presidential candidate, Mark McCall.

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slucas5
Jul 24, 2018

While better than your average James Patterson novel, the main character lacks an inner life compelling enough to allow his emotional change to resonate with the reader. This leads to several ham-fisted uses of character tropes (ie hooker with a heart of gold) that fall flat when the author could have spent some time developing his characters and had a much more interesting novel that didn’t rely so heavily on 2D characters and basic emotional manipulation. Moreover, the supporting characters (especially those written as people of color) utterly lacked agency, existing only to first aid in the main character’s unconvincing change of heart and then later as a collective group of damsels in distress to be passively saved by the main character, a handsome young white man. The most aggravating part of the novel, which almost caused me to put the book down, was the treatment of the characters from, as the author constantly says, “the projects.” These characters fell so flat and relied so heavily on stereotypes that parts of the book read like something out of the 1960s. One scene involved a young African American girl making her bed in the floor to keep herself safe from drive by shootings. My objection is less about the content, as that sort of thing does happen, but rather the author’s treatment of the character. It lacked compassion and understanding and felt very much like an author making a poor attempt to oogle poverty in an uncomfortable way.

Again,better than many law novels, but far from what it could have been.

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ISAAC MADRIL
Apr 05, 2014

I Read This Book six years ago and would recommend it to any and all rookies who believe in and practice law!Reminds me of a girlfriend of mine.L.S._Smart!very Smart!!!

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Tannisz
Mar 22, 2013

read it-- you'll love it!

winger1 Sep 10, 2012

I just began this book and cannot put it down- I am looking for othe books Mark Gimentez has written.

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crochussen
Feb 24, 2012

I Agree - have read all of Mark Gimenez's books and have found them all gripping from the first page

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Eil_1
Feb 23, 2012

I was pulled into this story from page 1. The plot, including background on the legal profession, as well as the story itself kept me turning page upon page. It was one of the very best legal-based stories I've ever read (including Grisholm)!

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