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Waiting at a airport recently I found myself without a book so thought I would browse WH Smith for something to see me through my flight. With so many choices on the shelves I found it hard to decide on which book to choose. Eventually I opted for The Common Lawyer by Mark Gimenez, I had previously read his book The Colour of Law and loved it (review to follow) so thought I would try one of his other books.
Mark Gimenez is being touted as the next John Grisham which is not too far wrong he has a similar style as an early Grisham (his best period I think).
While the book was a little slow in pace at the beginning as the scene was set and early characters introduced it soon picked up the pace and became for me something that I didn't want to put down. The story centres round Andy Prescott who specializes in traffic law (ie getting people off traffic tickets), he is a very unambitious lawyer based in SOCO in Austin in a small room above a tattoo parlour. He lives to ride his trail bike and his work just about pays the bills.
His life completely changes when one of the wealthiest Texan business men steps into his crammed office and hires him for some apparently easy legal work at fabulous fees. As they say if it seems too good to be true it generally is and there is something not quite right with the Andy's new billionaire client Russell Reeves, who is a desperate man on the hunt for a cure to save his son dying from cancer. After Andy takes on Reeves as a client his life changes dramatically and not always for the good!
The book has several twists and turns that keeps you gripped and turning those pages, I won't give any of the plot away and let you find out for yourself. I still preferred The Colour of Law by Mark Gimenez but The Common Lawyer was a good read and certainly kept my interest throughout. Grisham has real competition here. This would make a fab holiday read.
You can purchase it on Amazon for £3.95 with a rrp of £6.99.
Well worth a look at, I will certainly be tracking down some more of his novels.