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07 July 2012

Mark Gimenez: Accused

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Super-riveting legal thriller
Within pages I was hooked by this page-turning legal thriller by Mark Gimenez. In his clear, concise style he sets out the major characters, their background and history in the first chapter and without missing a beat jumps straight into the action. I really enjoy legal thrillers and this was among the best I have read. It is a long time since I read a book that I had difficulty putting down.

A. Scott Fenney, a talented and dedicated Dallas lawyer, has not recovered from his beautiful wife, Rebecca, leaving him without warning 2 years before for Trey Rawlins, a rising star on the pro golf tour.  He thinks about her continually. His life centres around keeping his struggling small practice and loyal staff afloat, and lovingly caring for two 11 year olds - his daughter and an adopted African American daughter.

One morning he gets a call "Scott - it's Rebecca. I need you" asking him to defend her when she is accused of murdering the man she left him for. The evidence is damming as her fingerprints are found on the kitchen knife that killed Trey, and the police found her covered in his blood.

Fenney takes on Rebecca's case because he would never be able to live with himself and his daughter if Rebecca was sent to prison for years because of a poor defence. He gradually uncovers the real story behind Trey's golfing, financial and personal life, and the secrets he kept from Rebecca. Fenney delves into the financial rewards and the sexual temptations of the world of professional golf to find the answers.

The plot has as many twists and turns as a roller coaster in an earthquake, culmininating with one of the best a courtroom dramas I have read with many unexpected and surprising outcomes.

Gimenez is a talented writer with amazing character development skills and legal knowledge. I will definitely be reading more of his books.

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