The Legal Limit
While Gates Hunt chose to fight his abusive father head-on, his younger brother, Mason, eventually escaped their...more
The plot is really kind of simple: two brothers grow up with an abusive father and the older brother protects the younger. Then on one fateful night the older brother commits a terrible crime and the younger brot ...more
In this crime/legal thriller, Clark explores the boundaries between law and justice, sin and forgiveness, fraternal bonds and betrayal. Mason stands at the center of an ethical dilemma, but he is no less compelling than his brother, their mother, and even Mason's partner. Clark "draws characters as well as Scott Turow and crafts plots as well as John Grisham," notes the Oregonian, but reviewers agreed that Clark's background has given him superior understanding of legal intricacies. Humor, sharp...more
Full disclaimer: Judge Martin Clark is an incredibly gifted writer who has kindly given encouragement to others of us struggling to write. He has autographed books for me and been a prince to my former book group, s ...more
This book is about having poor judgement and being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Two brothers are supposed to be cutting a tree for fire wood for their mom. The older brother decides to go deliver a dresser with his brother to his brothers girl friend. It's this one decision tha ...more
Gates gets into drugs and Mason finally decides he can no longer get him o ...more
Basic plot: Mason and Gates Hunt were raised by their mother, Sadie Grace, and their father, Curt, a crazy tyrant. The boys were very protective of each other as a result of their father's violence. As they grow up, Mason becomes the successful brother, and Gates, well, doesn't. Mason becomes a lawyer, and Gates becomes a two-bit ...more
On Mason's mother staying in an abusive marriage: "And yet Sadie Grace stayed. She stayed because s ...more
However, Mason grows up to be a successful lawyer, husband and father. Gates, on the other hand, goes on to be a drug dealer & murderer.
On one fateul night, while Mason is in law school, he visits his brother. He is supposed to help him move some furniture. Yet, he actually witnesses his brother kill his girlfriend's admirer on a desolate country road.
I hate all of the comparisons to John Grisham this book has gotten, because, really, if a book is written about some aspe ...more
Anyway, the story is a legal thriller, yet so much more. It involves two brothers who share the same tortured childhood, but take different paths as adults. Their childhood bonds break on one tragic night ...more
Characrerizations are the main attraction here, but unfotunately that's where the problems lie too. A few times too often potrayals of people are drawn from the well of simplistic clichés and stereotypes. For example, distressed teen girl st ...more
But much is deliciously vintage Martin Clark's viewpoint of law and order: the convict's underbelly white prison pallor and distinctive odor, wire-tapping schemes, evasive lie-detector test techniques ( taking valium, biting your tongue, slicing your toe...who knew?!....but they don't really work )
If I were in a legal scrape, I'd want Martin Clark to judge my cas ...more