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The Good Lawyer by Thomas Benigno
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May 20, 2012

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Read from May 20 to 29, 2012

I wanted to love this book, but unfortunately it rubbed me the wrong way. For starters, the book was a bit slow for my tastes, as far as legal thrillers go. It heated up near the end, and that turned me off because I knew what was going to happen--there really wasn't any element of surprise. I figured the book out in the first few chapters.

One of the biggest problems I had with this book was the description of certain ethnic people--African-Americans for one. I've read many books about slavery and ethnic overtones, and if the author handles the subject well, I usually won't be offended by it, but I found with this book, the black people were either ugly, fat, gross, and just downright not appealing and it was mentioned, literally, each time an African-American character was introduced and that bothered me because I felt it was too, too much. Other ethnic groups were described as beautiful and gorgeous, whereas my people just didn't have much going on, and that got on my last damn nerve! I don't have a problem with the way authors describe their characters, but when you focus heavily on it throughout every characterization, it becomes excessive and I did not like that at all.

As for the story itself, it was okay, but again, didn't do much to satisfy my thirst for a great legal thriller. I was surprised to learn this book was loosely based off of cases the author dealt with while in the Legal Aide organization. If he had put more twists in the storyline, I think I would have enjoyed it more.

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message 1: by Sylvia (new)

Sylvia Thanks Kim. I will skip this book. :-)

Kimberly Hicks yeah Syl you aren't missing anything!

message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

I finish the book and i agree with Kim,it was slow and was hard to finish .

message 4: by Ben (new)

Ben Varela Well, so many people love this book. Kimberly Hicks, regardless of her touchiness on race, is probably the smartest and incisive of all. I will pass on this author. Too many books sound good and then bore the living heck out of me.
I'd love to see a list of Ms. Hicks books read.

Kimberly Hicks I could care less what you or anyone else think of this book. My opinion is just that. I truly don't owe you anything. You think whatever the hell you want. I really don't give a damn either way. If you loved it, good for you otherwise keep your thoughts to yourself and go kick rocks!

Lisa Yes the description of black people was so off color and had a prejudice twinge that the book turn me off. I only gave it 3 stars and doing that was generous.

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