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Defense of an Other

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  134 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Defense of an Other is a legal thriller that combines political fiction like Bryce Courtenay's The Power of One, southern storytelling, and the original Law & Order's gritty realism.

One Friday, the life of a young lawyer named Matt Durant descends into every queer person's nightmare when he walks out of the wrong bar at the wrong time. Struggling with his attraction to oth
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Published November 13th 2018 by Clink Street Publishing
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Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, favorites
What a great story!! I actually finished this in about 2 days. It was extremely gripping and I flew through it! Although I’m not usually a huge fan of courtroom drama, or attorneys in general, this story focuses so much more on the characters.

Besides the trial, this is a story of questioning sexual orientation, family and a mother’s unconditional love. She shows her support to Matt even under the most trying conditions. In turn, he reacts to her love with upmost respect and maintains his genero
Defense of An Other is gripping book ripped from today’s headlines. Sort of.

Matt is an up and coming young attorney practicing in post-Katrina New Orleans for a prestigious law firm. While his career is on the fast track, his personal life is not. He has just ended a long-term relationship with his girlfriend and is exploring his attraction to men – something he has felt since he was a young boy. He has not, of course, come out to anyone, not even to himself. After a tough day at work, he decide
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you have an intense interest in law, criminal justice, LGBTQ issues and especially the LSU Tigers, this is the book for you. Originally self-published by lawyer Grace Mead in 2007 and rereleased now in 2019, it centers around a case of a lawyer who killed an attacker outside a gay bar in New Orleans and the resulting constitutional questions. It was striking to me how things have changed in just 12 years. The book is extremely well-thought out and detailed, in all aspects such as the main cha ...more
Cass Winters
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book review is from my blog. I received this book in exchange for an honest review:

So first and foremost, I was so onboard to read this book because it is written by a fellow transgender individual. You know I had to support my transgender sister, but that was only part of the equation. This book sounded like it would be good. I wasn’t disappointed either. Just to put it in perspective and have you, my readers, understand why I gave my first 5-magic ball review for this book since starting
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Defense of an Other, written by Grace Mead is a fictional legal thriller of sorts, but not in the real sense. In my opinion, this book could definitely read as a nonfiction book. Defense of an Other will keep you on the edge of your seat in ways that you won't anticipate. After reading the synopsis of this book I knew exactly what the book was about, the law, how it is, at times, behind the times, unfair to some communities and biased. This book was exceptionally well written and thought out, pa ...more
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was one of those books that you literally inhale without taking a breath! Young lawyer, Matt has just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and seeks confirmation about his sexuality as he's always been attracted to men. Hoping to find solace in a gay bar in the French Quarter, he meets Joey and things are going well until they step out back to relieve themselves. Confronted by three thugs who are anxious to beat up a couple of gay men, Matt makes a split-second decision that literally cha ...more
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Teresa Kander
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I agreed to read this book because I enjoy stories about trials/lawyers. However, this turned out to be so much more than that. It was an eye-opening look at how sexual orientation can still be a factor in the justice system. I would suggest that everyone who reads the book also read through the questions at the end and answer them to see what you learn about yourself along the way--and then check out some of the recommended resources as well.

I would have to say this is one of the best books I
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, read-in-19
Matt Duran is a successful criminal attorney in New Orleans. One night, he decides to throw caution to the wind and go to a gay bar, though he's not entirely sure he's gay. Once there, he drinks, starts to relax, meets a guy. They chat, then go outside to do what everyone does in New Orleans. Pee in the alley.

There, they are set upon by three large, burly rednecks who have decided they want to hurt someone. Preferably someone different. Matt's friend gets his nose broken, Matt fights back, and
Grace Mead
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Excerpts from two other reviews:

"I have to admit that I read through this book in a little less than entire day because I was so into the story I just couldn't put it down." --Jessie at Infinite Pages.

"I found Defense of An Other is an unputdownable nail biting read. 100% recommend this book to crime fans or those who are interested in a lawyer's world." @fayerogersuk at Bookread2day.
D.B. Moone
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All Genres
Grace Mead wrote five essays in which she discusses her life experiences. The essays are On Identity, On Religion, On Depression, On Kindness, and On Happiness. I have provided excerpts from each essay below but encourage readers to take the time to read each essay in its entirety. Refer to the following page of Grace Mead's website:

On Identity: “In Defense of an Other, I have placed words in some secondary characters’ mouths that I desperately needed to hear; va
Ilene Harris
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Matt Durant is a brilliant young lawyer in New Orleans who has just broken up with his girl friend, becomes conflicted about his sexual orientation, and got drunk at a gay bar that ended in a deadly fight. What else could have happened? What follows is betrayal and a trial which involves bias against gays in jury selection where a guilty verdict could lead to the death penalty and time in prison would expose a gay person to brutality. Matt has to deal with all of this and it's not easy. The book ...more
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
2.5 or 3 stars. I thought this book lacked focus; it was trying to be too many things at once: a legal fiction, a look at injustice in our legal system, a look at the hazards LGBTQIA folks risk in daily life and in prison. As a look at the legal system and the ways police investigations and trials can be biased against someone, it was pretty good. For me, however, there was a bit too much legal jargon--it's clear the author is a lawyer! As a novel, I thought it fell short mostly in the character ...more
♥ Sandi ❣
3.5 stars

Eye opening story about an ambitious, well educated, young Louisiana lawyer who ends up in Angola prison after one unfortunate night of drinking. While trying to save the life of a person he had just met, Matt accidentally kills another man.

This book takes you through the questions that invade and pursue Matt's life. The same questions that put him in that precarious position in the first place, then follows him through his trial and imprisonment.

Grace Mead is a new author and this is h
Sleepless Dreamer
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a copy for my review!

So this book truly sucked me in from the first chapter. I started it on the Trans-Siberian railway, knowing there was a 6 hour ride ahead. The friend who was with me can testify that I pretty much refused to speak to her until I finished it.

As the blurb says, this is the story of a young talented lawyer who one day kills a man after being attacked for being gay. The book does a good job of taking us through all the steps, from the
Ken Cook
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a freely offered review. I received a copy of the book as a result of winning a drawing.

A legal procedural set in Louisiana, a young lawyer kills a thug during a night of drinking. The death occurs in an alley in New Orleans behind a gay club. Drugs are found at the scene.

The lawyer is convicted in a jury trial, and the latter half of the book deals with his life in prison.

The characters are drawn pretty well, with the focus being on Matt, the lawyer. The incident is pretty graphic, and
Apr 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I was first drawn to read this book because its setting is New Orleans. I loved this city, and the French Quarter in particular, before I ever had the chance to actually visit. It all started when I played the video game Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers that required visiting various locales to finish. Then, of course, there was Anne Rice, not totally because of her infamous vampire novels, but because of THE FEAST OF ALL SAINTS an historical novel of the city in the 1840s. New Orleans' place ...more
Angela Marie
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In Defense of an Other by Grace Mead

Brief Summary: Matthew Durrant, an early career lawyer, is exploring his attraction to other men and decides to visit a gay bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans. He spends the night talking to another man and when they are attacked in the alley behind the bar, he attacks in self-defense and kills one of their attackers. Unfortunately, the case is turned against him and he is put on trial for murder. I initially requested this galley because of my interest
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was the first book this year that evoked so much emotion within me. Matt a lawyer in a firm from Louisiana finds himself in a bad situation when he decides to adventure out to a gay bar. Something goes very wrong for Matt he becomes a victim of a hate crime and the legal system fails him. The book takes you through a roller coaster ride through the legal system for the LGBTQ community in the south. Potential jurors are biased against gays for religious reasons. Gays and GOD in their ey ...more
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced copy (ebook) from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Set in the beautiful city of New Orleans, this gripping procedural follows the story of Matt , forced to commit a crime in order to save a man he just met. This leads to a spiral of tough situations forcing Matt to examine closely his life and choices, but mostly whether or not he is gay.
This book had sprints and lulls for me, the action was fast, gritty, and compelling. I was really turned off by the lengthy d
Kerry - Readkerryread
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book made me feel all the feels, including rage that a hate crime was not prosecuted as such. That a man is convicted based on the biased testimony of three other criminals with a lot to gain from lying. Sadness that a gay man is not allowed to live his truth and the one time he tries to explore his sexuality his life is forever changed.

This book details the trial of a gay lawyer who finds himself on trial for murder, after a night at a gay club. The man he protected is testifying against
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
I liked the writing and I liked the main character, Matt, but something about the whole story didn't click with me. I enjoyed the trial and the gathering of evidence but as a whole I found the whole thing pretty odd. Why was such a rush and determination to convict a lawyer of good character?

The fourth part of the story (as it was divided in 4) was irrelevant to me; and even more irrelevant was Matt's journey trying to find out if he was gay or not. Was this a thriller or psychological journey?
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Outside a gay bar in New Orleans, a young lawyer and a man he met only hours before are confronted by a group of drunks that have targeted them for a hate crime. So begins Grace Mead's Defense of An Other. Admittedly, this book frustrated me in the beginning. In the first few chapters leading up to the inciting incident, plenty of the dialogue and character interactions fell flat. After the fight that ultimately ends a man's life, our protagonist is thrown in jail. Then the book really takes off ...more
Tonya Heston
I was given a copy of Defense of An Other for free in exchange for an honest review.

Defense of An Other gave me mixed feelings. After reading the synopsis, I was expecting the entire book to surround the trial, but that wasn't the case. In fact, the act in question and the subsequent trial are all over with half the book left to go. I'm usually a fan of fast-moving plots, but this one was too quick. It left me struggling to bond with the characters. Actually, I found myself bonding with Eric mor
Carol Dass
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-read, arcs
An absolutely amazing story! I love legal fiction, stories about lawyers and trials but this one was better than most because it is written by a practicing lawyer. It is mostly the story of Matt, a delightful young man, a successful lawyer but unsure of his sexual orientation. He had broken up with his girlfriend of many years and decided to have a few drinks in the French Quarter in Louisiana. He ends up in a gay bar, Joey approaches him and they have a drink together. In the alley behind the b ...more
Diana Garcia
Apr 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Defense of an Other is about a young lawyer Matt Durant who lives in New Orleans. He has a job he loves as an attorney and a promising career ahead of him. He has been questioning his secuality and after a recent break up decides to visit a local gay bar. While at the club he meets a man named Joey and spends the evening getting to know him. Later they are attacked in an alley by three guys and Matt kills one while defending Joey.
The story then drags on and on through what a good guy Matt his, h
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mlm, procedural

This book comes with the detached, distant writing style of someone more familiar with writing nonfiction than fiction. But that doesn't make the story any less meaningful or important. I read this book in a matter of hours because every time I would set it down to go do something else, I couldn't stop thinking about it. This novel not only reflects the inner turmoil and anxieties that LGBTQ+ people deal with, but the very real ways in which straight people push hatred onto them, and the wa
Jennifer Shanahan
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-giveaways
A great legal thriller! Matt has just broken up with his girlfriend and goes to a gay bar to pursue what might be the next avenue of his life. He meets Joey there and after awhile they step out back where a heinous hate crime occurs and, in defense, Matt ends up killing one of the offenders. The story then centers on Matt's journey through the legal system which is also sadly a bird's eye view of our system's inequalities and biases towards gays and lesbians in our society. This book really high ...more
BranDee Wenzl
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Defense of An Other is my first novel by Grace Mead. It is a legal thriller with a bit of a twist, to me anyway. The story follows Matt, who has broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is exploring his sexuality. He goes to a gay bar and meets a guy named Joey who he spends the evening with. When they go out in the alley to take a leak, they are attacked by men simply because they are gay. Someone ends up dead and Matt is arrested for the murder.
This felt like watching/reading an actual court
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I'm a practicing lawyer born and raised in Louisiana who graduated from Dartmouth College and then became the Editor-in-Chief of The University of Chicago Law Review. My 17-year career has included a one-year clerkship for the appellate court with jurisdiction over Louisiana federal trial courts and 16 years of civil litigation.

Defense of an Other is my debut novel.

As a reader, my tastes are conte

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