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The Colour Of Law (Scott Fenney #1)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  3,290 Ratings  ·  346 Reviews
A partner at a prominent law firm is forced to choose between his enviable lifestyle and doing the right thing. Former college football star Scott Fenney has worked his way to the top of the heap at the Dallas firm of Ford Stevens. But when Clark McCall, wayward son of a Texas politician, gets himself murdered after a night of booze, drugs, and rough sex, Scott is assigned ...more
Published (first published October 18th 2005)
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Tea Jovanović
Često ga nazivaju novim Grišamom... Nije Grišam ali piše jednako zanimljivo i knjige mu se gutaju u dahu...

3.5 stars

This enjoyable thriller reads a lot like a John Grisham novel with a dash of Perry Mason thrown in.

Dallas lawyer A. Scott Fenney was a star football player in college. This helped propel him into his job as an attorney at the elite Ford Stevens law firm where he happily learned less-than-ethical techniques to benefit his clients and bring in fees of 3 million dollars a year. Thus Scott and his family live in a mansion in classy Highland Park, he and his wife Rebecca drive expensive ca
May 13, 2012 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grishamers
Shelves: audio
I yet still have not decided just how to review this novel because I equally hated and thoroughly enjoyed separate aspects.

For story, pacing, narration and setting i would give 5 stars. But for character development, originality, real-life parallels and tidy conclusions I am leaning towards 2 stars. Thus my formula for the resulting 3.

This is the first novel I have read by this author. Without a doubt any author writing a courtroom drama since 1995 will be compared to John Grisham. Gimenez and G
Nov 24, 2012 Francie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Color of Law" is a fabulous book! I couldn't put it down. I think Mark Gimenez is my new favourite "lawyer/mystery" author. He crafts a great story with characters you won't forget, and his writing, in my opinion, is superb. I get the feeling he is a good man with decent values; I suspect he's also as tough as he is kind. They say he's "the next Grisham", which seems to me to be sort of demeaning. Maybe what they mean is that his stories captivate as Grisham's do; they are both talented lawyers ...more
Laronica Conway
Because I am a John Grisham fan, I can appreciate the premise of this book. Rich, prominent attorney in Dallas whose identity is really based on who he works for...other powerful, prominent men who have much more than he does. Only in his early 30's, Scott has been very successful (monetarily), has a beautiful wife in a former SMU cheerleader and has never had to make any really tough choices personally. Overall, he's a good dude, just spends way too much time chasing after 'the dream'. Scott Fe ...more
Aug 10, 2012 Joan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know where I found this...but when I read the dedication, it included "to Harper Lee, whose great novel inspired me to become a lawyer and to write this story" I was hooked. A book affected a man's life calling! This author is new, but very good. A college football hero whose conscience has been checked out for years, becomes a lawyer and catches a case that makes him choose between his lush lifestyle and doing what is right at a terrible cost on a pro bono case.

I love his style, the re
Oct 23, 2010 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I got given this book free with a newspaper (a free newspaper, actually.) I'm not sure anyone has really read this, even though The Times said he was 'the next Grisham.' And he well could be, you know - but Grisham isn't really my thing and neither was The Colour of Law, although I did still read it (and quickly, too.) It was entertaining, even though it's a) really rather predictable b) not incredibly well written. Still, although the characters are complete cliches, they are still likeable eno ...more
Pam Herald
Jan 12, 2015 Pam Herald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED this book! I am so glad I discovered this author! A. Scott Fenney is a rich Dallas lawyer, and he has what he always thought of as the perfect life. A beautiful wife, a smart and amusing little girl named Boo who calls her daddy A. Scott, and all the money he needs. He and his family live in the elite Highland Park area, and he drives a red Ferrari. Shawanda Jones and her street smart daughter Pajamae (it's french) live in the projects of Dallas, Shawanda supports them by walking the Harry ...more
Jim Sanford
Mar 21, 2015 Jim Sanford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a easy 5+...I had been searching for a book like some of the early John Grisham's .. A Great story that got you attention from page one and you never hit a lull... I needed a break from having to read the first 100 pages to get the book going... although I know that is necessary in some books.
This book is for anyone...Heck its just good...Read and you will agree... I am reading the next book by Gimenez now ... same story he got me on the first page...
Jul 23, 2011 Kurt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a mediocre book on its own, kind of a low-rent Scott Turow novel with some cringeworthy attempts to capture urban speech patterns, but there are some heartfelt celebrations of To Kill a Mockingbird here (clunky, but heartfelt), and I gave it an extra half-star for the venomous critique of contemporary Dallas culture.
Dec 01, 2012 Gary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first taste of Mark Gimenez's work and I am sure it will not be the last. Loved the book from start to finish.
Feb 08, 2017 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. Mr. Gimenez paints a rather bleak portrait of the law profession but it plays to the moral dilemma of Scott Fenney, the main character. Despite some aspects of the book that seemed implausible, it was a good read. A good mystery combined with interesting courtroom drama. Particularly liked the two daughters depicted as they brought heart and humor to the story.
Aug 25, 2008 Gary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Oh, the Humanity!"

Scott Fenney's got it made. A hotshot young lawyer in a prestigious Dallas law firm: the multi-million dollar mansion in Dallas' most exclusive neighborhood, the Ferrari, the seven-figure salary, the trophy wife. A. Scott lives the American dream - from humble blue-collar origins to Dallas God thanks to his steely-eyed determination and a knack for knocking over would be tacklers on the SMU gridiron. On the other side of the ledger, Shawanda Jones, black hooker and heroin add
Jan 05, 2016 Jill rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If there were a "write a cheap thriller by numbers" kit in the art stores, then you could almost bet that Mark Gimenez was using it when producing this story. It is so full of clichés in every direction that it's possible to get eye-rolling fatigue from reading just a couple of chapters.

The main character, A. Scott Fenney Esq, would be utterly unlikeable except that he's utterly unbelievable. The other characters, from the cold hearted wife to the endearing awkward daughter to the single minded
May 10, 2010 Tim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was intrigued by the title, but I have never seen a better example of the age old phrase "you can't judge a book by its cover."

I believe this Gimenez's first novel; so, I have to cut him some slack. His narrative through the first half of the book was sub standard, but followable.
What killed it for me were the constant lame anecdotes and "punch lines" randomly placed throughout the book. It seemed obvious that he thought of those expressions before he wrote the novel and just had to have them
Jun 14, 2012 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would recommend this book. I listened to it via audio book but it was very easy to stay tuned and interested. The setting is Dallas Texas with ironic humor towards the Highland Park area so if you know the area you would appreciate the commentary. Overall a pleasant read with an author I would say is similar to an early John Grisham
Aravind Velandi
Mar 20, 2012 Aravind Velandi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing read! Mark Gimenez is my favorite. I'm a fan of lawyerly, John Grisham type thrillers.Though Mark is to redundant with his scenes and dialogues and situations, The Color of Law is indeed a taut, truly unputdownable read.
You really will lose an entire lousy Sunday to this one.
I'm already ready with Accused!
Judy Churchill
I loved the actual trial, the interactions with the defendant and the little girls, but really was bored with the condescending explanations in the first half of the book. The story was filled with interesting and colorful characters. The moral of the story was wonderful. Who doesn't like to see a man throw off the shackles of corporate servitude and become a defender of the disenfranchised?
Robyn Melhuish
I enjoyed this fast paced legal thriller. It was an easy read and hard to put down at times. The main character's transformation was heartwarming to watch, if slightly unbelievable. I appreciated the poignant "morale of the story," though some might find it trite.
Steve Sawczyn
Jul 19, 2015 Steve Sawczyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very much a modernized version of "To Kill a Mockingbird," this book was a great read. Many parallels are made throughout the book but even if you can anticipate where the plot's headed, it's still a great story. Looking forward to whatever comes next.
Deb Mj
Jul 29, 2009 Deb Mj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always love books about good triumphing over evil or about people finding the better person within. This book has both.
Judith Yeabsley
Jan 02, 2011 Judith Yeabsley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Bobby suggested this book to me and it takes me back to my days in the DFW area. So far it is good. It is an easy read which is what I currently need.
Richard Mulholland
Apr 16, 2015 Richard Mulholland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, legal
This guy is fast becoming one of my fav authors. Great plots and great characters. Stoked to see that there's more of these characters to read.
Sue Altman
I would actually give this a 2.5. I read a lot of courtroom dramas and love them and this was not among the best. However, I will read more of his because I like the genre so much.
Mar 22, 2017 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You simply must read this book! It draws you in immediately and you won't want to put it down. The author knows how to craft a story perfectly. The character development is excellent, the plot is interesting, there is humor, serious issues and so on. I had never read a book by Mark Gimenez and now I'll be reading them all. If you like Grisham, I can tell you with certainty that this author beats him in every respect. I can't wait to read the next book in the series which I'm going to start today ...more
David R. Cornwell
Very entertaining

This is a well written, highly entertaining story. I look forward to reading Mr. Gimenez's novels for quite some time.
Mar 17, 2017 Irma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced and edgy. A lot like Grisham's earlier novels. Enjoyed it.
Mary A. Manson
Jan 18, 2017 Mary A. Manson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just as Amazing as the First Book I Read by Mr. Gimenez

This is the second book I have read by Mr. Gimenez. I loved it. Great plot and writing style. Awesome characters totally developed by the author so you could picture them in your mind while reading. Looking forward to reading more books by Mr. Gimenez!!!!
Mar 13, 2017 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-story
I really enjoyed this book, looking forward to another
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Mark Gimenez left a major Dallas law firm in order to start his own solo practice and to write. He lives in Texas with his wife and two sons.
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“His only son was dead and buried. They had never bonded, Mack McCall and his son. Clark had bonded with his mother; Mack had bonded with money. He reached into his inside coat pocket and removed and opened his billfold: not a single photograph of his son or either of his wives, but thick with the faces of Benjamin Franklin and Ulysses S. Grant. Money and power had been Mack McCall’s lifelong companions, not a wife and son. Now he would use his money to buy the presidency of the United States of America. He” 0 likes
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