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Against the Wind

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  270 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
In a novel that races along like a hot desert wind, Freedman unleashes "one of the most extravagantly entertaining thrillers of the year" (Kirkus). Justice is blind--especially for criminal attorney Will Alexander who's trying the most hopeless case of his career. Convinced that his two motorcycle gang member-clients are innocent of murder, Will now must prove it to a ruth ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published August 4th 1992 by Signet (first published January 1st 1991)
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Jun 15, 2011 Manugw rated it it was amazing

A lawyer has chosen to defend a motorcycle gang which stands accused of a murder that carries the death penalty. He is convinced they are innocent and that is how the story starts. Though the tale keeps a steady firm pace, I can affirm that then ending is the best and richest part of the book, it is full of intrigue, twisty and features something I have not seen in another mystery books and that is the deftly sudden alteration of the profile o
Jan 14, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing
I can't remember how this got on my ToBeReadNext pile, but wow. I don't remember ever reading anything by this guy but that will change. This is a far better than average legal thriller. It's a big fat book and the story takes some major, fascinating twists and turns. Will Alexander is a lawyer at the end of his rope - drink and sex are ruining him. His partners kick him out of the firm. His only case is defending four mean, nasty bikers in a murder case. They say they are innocent and they look ...more
Apr 23, 2014 Marianne rated it liked it
Well, the language is still raw, but the main character is gritty, realistic, introspective to a fault, too brilliant for his own good, a work in progress for sure, relationship dwarfed, but trying, promiscuous, and a damn good lawyer! What else can I say.
Liz Bonnet
Dec 04, 2009 Liz Bonnet rated it really liked it
I read this book when it first came out and could not put it down. Author's first publish and it is a gripper! If you like legal thrillers you will like this book. This is the story of Will Alexander a defense attorney who is hired to represent the leader of a motorcycle gang. There are many twists and turns dealing with the case as well as all those with Will's personal life. I started to read this back in 2002 on the way to WIU to visit Jenn. I was hooked on his writing. At that time I read al ...more
Apr 09, 2014 Joan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The language in the book was both its strong point and its weakness. The excessive use of vulgarities, especially the "f-word" (which was used hundreds of times)is usually an automatic turn-off for me. I did find it distracting, and it certainly lowered the quality of the read; however, the other vocabulary was a very strong recommending point. I have a strong vocabulary and admire writers who can use precise expressive language effectively. This author certainly did that - using dozens of words ...more
Oct 04, 2010 Adrienne rated it liked it
Good Story and hard to put down. I do not recommend it for any one that is strongly against detailed violence and swearing. If it were a movie it would have a R or NR rating. You must have a strong stomach.
Kate MacKinnon
Aug 23, 2009 Kate MacKinnon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I read this book years ago and still remember how intense & gripping it was. Some scene was horrific and left me drained. However, the book was so good and the story so well written....
Jan 09, 2011 Eric_W rated it liked it
“ Against the wind” is apparently a common phrase used to describe motorcycle riding. Since my sole experience on a motorcycle was riding a small one around the fields to occasionally bring in the cows, this was totally lost on me until it was explained. Sigh.

Will Alexander is a first-rate criminal defense attorney in Santa Fe who has just been kicked out of his firm for excessive drinking. He’s asked (demanded would be more like it) by four biker “outlaws” to defend them against charges of murd
Jan 02, 2012 Adam rated it liked it
The first 100 pages of this book are amazing. First off, the main character has a wonderfully distinct voice, and his almost stream-of-consciousness narrative about being a burned out, alcoholic, soon-to-be-twice divorced defense lawyer learning about and dealing with a one-night stand, his betrayal at the hands of his law-firm partners, and a set of bizarre new clients, accused of murder, that fall into his lap is giddy and unrelenting. The brief, somewhat horrifying, omniscient narration of th ...more
Mar 12, 2014 Kathryn rated it it was ok
This is a typical lawyer mystery. You can tell it's written by a male author - lots of sex and violence.
Oct 25, 2011 Larry rated it it was amazing
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Jun 15, 2014 Seafun77 rated it liked it
Different kind of legal story. Nothing too deep, but an interesting read.
Bobby Bucy
Mar 06, 2014 Bobby Bucy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am impressed

four may be a bit high but l was kept in the rhythm and liked no real mystery but fun
Aug 21, 2015 Sue rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Only need to read the first 100~ pages, then skip to Part Five and read the last 40~ pages. The story lagged in the middle . . . I almost gave up.
Sep 11, 2008 Beth rated it it was amazing
If you like legal thrillers you will like this book. This is the story of Will Alexander a defense attorney who is hired to represent the leader of a motorcycle gang. There are many twists and turns dealing with the case as well as all those with Will's personal life. I started to read this back in 2002 on the way to WIU to visit Jenn. I couldn't put it down and was hooked on his writing. At that time I read all of his books. This by far is my favorite of his books but I see that he has several ...more
Joni Holland
Jan 18, 2016 Joni Holland rated it really liked it
Jan 21, 2009 Kate rated it it was ok
Shelves: trial-fiction
Surprisingly gripping. It’s not particularly well constructed or even believable. The “hero” is unsavory and kind of a jackass; the guys he’s defending are truly unrepentant outlaws. The murder is almost deus ex machine. It’s a little bizarre, but there’s a hint of hope that our jackass lawyer – who’s not even particularly brilliant, just lucky – will turn things around and make good. Pretty slim appeal really, and yet I had a hard time putting it down.
Nov 27, 2013 MARGO rated it really liked it
I loved this riveting novel, it was full of twists and turns and surprises. The main character although very very flawed was likeable nonetheless in my opinion. This is the first novel I have read from this very talent writer but I look forward to reading more of his work in the future. I do have to tell you that there is a lot of sex and violence and it not a good choice for the faint of heart.
Karlene Elliott-mclean
Aug 02, 2012 Karlene Elliott-mclean rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
This book is centered around the life of Will Alexander. His battle with life in itself. Messing up his life due to being a drunk and a his being able to keep a steady relationship. Somewhere around the middle of the book he starts to put his act together because he suddenly realizes that he has to save his client's life and ultimately change his own.
Jun 02, 2008 Kay rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Grisham fans
Shelves: legal-fiction
Very interesting story! This is only the second book I've read by this author but he has been added to my list and I'll read all his other books. I didn't like the main character Will at first but 450 pages later I found I had changed my mind. I look forward to other books with Will in them.
Feb 16, 2011 Jeri rated it it was ok
Shelves: f-suspense
interesting plot but way too much dirty language. OK as a "filler" book but not worth the read. story involves defense lawyer, 4 bikers, rape, murder, the "usual" but left me missing something.
Dec 29, 2013 Stephani rated it it was amazing
Very gritty, kind of like Sons of Anarchy in a book!
Bryan Chapman
Sep 28, 2013 Bryan Chapman rated it it was amazing
Its been a long time since I read this book, but it still sticks in my mind as being a book that I read in about two days. One of my top five books ever.
Read (Think) Books
One of our regulars said this book was "great". She and her husband both loved it. She said you will never guess the twist at the end.
Apr 07, 2011 Steve rated it did not like it
A pretty much run-of-the-mill courtroom mystery about a gang of outlaw bikers accused of brutally murdering a gay man.
Jan 01, 2012 Corri rated it liked it
Shelves: listened-to
(Read by David Colacci)

Good mystery. Great portrayal of biker life.
Jul 22, 2013 Jen rated it it was amazing
Awesome book but a little gruesome and graphic
Read - don't know when
Jan 28, 2016 Gerard rated it really liked it
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J.F. Freedman is the New York Times bestselling author of Against the Wind, The Disappearance, House of Smoke, and In My Dark Dreams, among other titles. He is also an award-winning film and television director, writer, and producer. He lives in California.
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