4 JULY 2013
John Bookman—Book to his friends—is a tenured professor at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin. He rides a Harley and wears jeans and cowboy boots and his hair too long to suit the conservative dean. He’s thirty-five, handsome and unmarried but seldom without a female companion. He teaches karate and Con Law, law school vernacular for Constitutional Law. He is a recognized constitutional law expert, debates senators on political talk shows and reduces them to blithering fools, writes scathing op-eds, and is often mentioned as a possible Supreme Court nominee. He is famous for taking on lost causes and winning. Consequently, when he arrives at the law school each Monday morning, hundreds of letters await him, letters from lost causes around the country seeking his help. Some letters are funny, others are sad, most are hopeless. But every now and then, one letter captures his attention. Then, with only his latest law school intern in tow, Professor Bookman takes off on yet another adventure—not in search of ancient artifacts like Indiana Jones, but in search of truth and justice—"Or as close thereto as the law allows." In this first installment of a new series, Book investigates a murder in the world of art and fracking in West Texas.
AUGUST 10, 2012
A TEXAS GOVERNOR WANTS TO BE PRESIDENT.
HIS WIFE WANTS TO ESCAPE HIS SUFFOCATING AMBITION.
A MEXICAN DRUG LORD WANTS HIM DEAD.
I’ve just returned from a book tour through South Africa promoting THE GOVERNOR’S WIFE. It was a fantastic trip to Johannesburg and Durban. The Bloody Book Week festival in Johannesburg was a terrific event. I met excellent South African crime writers like Andrew Brown, Mike Nicol, and Rahla Xenopoulos and American writers like Jefferey Deaver. I just missed meeting the great Irish writer John Connolly. Thanks to everyone at Little Brown UK and Penguin South Africa for putting the tour together. And special thanks to all the readers who came to my events. It was wonderful to meet you.
Many of you in the U.S. and Canada have inquired about print copies. I’m pleased to let you know that the hardback edition, just out in the UK, is now available to readers in the U.S. and Canada. For those of you in the Houston area, I will be signing copies at Murder By The Book, 2342 Bissonnet Street, at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14th. If you can make it, I’d love to say hello in person. If you can’t, signed copies will be available by calling 713-524-8597 or through this link. If you order before Tuesday night, I can personalize the inscription.
Hardback copies are also available at The Book Depository, an Amazon company in the UK with free shipping to the U.S. and Canada.
All of my books are available in e-books at AmazonKindle, Nook, Kobo, and at your local library through OverDrive.
Some early reviews:
"Mark Gimenez delivers another powerful thriller with his latest release The Governor’s Wife. . . . Gimenez has built a solid reputation for being a skilled storyteller and in this latest release he kicks things up a notch, intensifying the action, increasing the emotion and going all in with a plot that twists and turns, and creating multi-layered, captivating characters that are impossible not to care about." – Houston Press
"Here’s a heady mix of drugs, sex, politics and gunfights played out in a modern Texas, a big tale that gallops along at mustang pace. . . . Mark Gimenez already has a reputation as a fine thriller writer and doesn’t disappoint here. . . . VERDICT: HEADED FOR THE BESTSELLER LIST." – The Courier-Mail (Australia)
"The book is a breathtaking read." – Joburg.co.za (South Africa)
"The no-man’s land hugging the Mexican border with the United States forms the pivotal area for plot. An ambitious politician; his estranged wife; a scheming political advisor; the politician’s mistress; a missionary doctor, ruthless lobbyists and a vengeful Mexican druglord, the story has all the elements in their best to keep you turning pages. . . .The biggest player, history, is least mentioned but is the most powerful driving force. The Governor’s Wife is a reflection of the distribution of good and bad within us. Each character is carefully constructed with enough attention paid to detail to ensure the seamless flow of the story without compromising on the suspense. Each of them is faced with difficult choices as their personal lives are intertwined with bigger affairs in the making." - Postnoon (India)
"Politics, drug lords, the rich, the poor, racism, sex, love and hate . . . The Governor’s Wife has a bit of everything. . . . Mark Gimenez keeps the story cracking along at a furious pace." -- Wairarapa Times-Age (New Zealand).
"An intense, exciting read." - The Citizen (South Africa)
"The State of Texas is a world unto itself, and nowhere is more grimly fascinating than the corridor of badlands where the Lone Star meets the Mexican border. It is a constant source of material for novelists, politicians, environmentalists to name but a few. Here bestselling writer Mark Gimenez takes on the Grisham mantle with a politico-legal-romantic thriller that fairly whips along. . . . You can see the movie coming a mile away, and it’ll be a cracker." – The Melbourne Review (Australia)
"He’s been described in parts of the media as the next Grisham but Mark Gimenez’s sixth novel, The Governor’s Wife, zeroes in on a larger-than-life political and family drama set in Texas . . . . As the Governor of Texas, Bode Bonner has it all but a ticket to the White House and a wife willing to play second fiddle to his rapidly expanding ambitions . . . . Just as the cut-throat tactics set the pace for a final showdown, the unexpected depth presented by both governor and wife makes for a compelling, if slightly unusual, love story." - The National (Dubai)
I’ve enjoyed corresponding with each of you and hope to hear from you again.
FROM THE BOOK COVER:
Bode Bonner is the Republican governor of Texas. He has everything he ever wanted: money, power, influence. But something isn’t right in his life--everything feels too settled and easy. He longs for one more moment of excitement, one more challenge.
Lindsay Bonner is Bode’s wife, and she’s bored too. Bored of Bode’s womanising, bored with the endless cocktail parties and receptions. She is desperate to break free of her bland, wealthy Texan lifestyle.
And that moment comes when she saves a poor Hispanic boy’s life. From that day on, nothing will be the same for Bode and Lindsay Bonner. Their lives are about to change in ways they could never have predicted . . .
Filled with dramatic and ingenious twists and turns, this is an addictively readable novel that delves deep into the dark heart of Texas. It is the best book yet by the author of the international bestsellers The Colour of Law and Accused.
I’m pleased to announce that all five of my novels are now available in e-book in the U.S. and Canada. All were best sellers overseas, and more than 900,000 copies have been sold. And my two new books are now available in e-book. (See below for links and book descriptions.)
THE COMMON LAWYER
THE COLOR OF LAW
THE GOVERNOR’S WIFE
PARTS & LABOR: Book One of the Adventures of Max Dugan
I have also added a Readers’ Comments section. I’ve received thousands of emails from readers around the world and thought you might enjoy their comments. I know I have.
Thanks for your emails and for spreading the word about my books. Happy reading.
The sequel to The Color of Law. A. Scott Fenney must defend his ex-wife who is accused of murdering the man she left him for, a star pro golfer.
"Some critics are calling the Texas-based lawyer Mark Gimenez 'the next Grisham'—but I think that’s far less than fair. This, his fifth novel and the second featuring attorney A. Scott Fenney, shows he’s now better than the one-time master of the American courtroom drama. . . . One of the best legal thrillers since Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent in 1987. . . . Superb." – Daily Mail (UK).
"Brilliant writing, masterful plot and all the thrill of the courtroom in one." – City AM (UK)
"A gripping read with unexpected twists that ranks with anything Grisham has done in years." – The Times (UK)
"Gimenez writes smart vernacular dialogue, hip and street-wise, with a nice line in social commentary, and his plotting leaves the over-rated John Grisham in his rear-vision mirror." –The Australian
"Unputdownable." – The Times of India
THE COMMON LAWYER
A young traffic-ticket lawyer in Austin, Texas, learns that a client can be too rich for his lawyer's own good.
"The Common Lawyer is about an overpowering need to right a shocking wrong, and it contains violence, romance and some heart-warmingly managed ethical dilemmas . . . The pace is perfect; the style clean and transparent; the emotional manipulation, effective; and you can see the film from here. It will entertain many people." - Times Literary Supplement (UK)
"Mark Gimenez writes colloquially smart dialogue but plots like an old master." - The Australian
A Chicago trial lawyer loses his wife to breast cancer and returns to his small hometown in Texas to raise his two young children. He soon becomes the local judge and finds himself trying to pay off an old debt by solving the cold case murder of his high school buddy's teenage daughter.
"Remember when John Grisham exploded on to the courtroom drama market with novels of breathtaking brilliance? Lightning just struck twice." - The Daily Record (Scotland)
"Gimenez fills the John Grisham hole in the legal-thriller genre so well there may be no room left for Grisham." – The Sunday Times (Perth)
Top Ten of 2008—"We read lots of thrillers and they can tend to merge into one another. The Perk stood out by a mile as an excellent example of the genre and a stunning, well told tale in its own right. Gimenez' stature continues to grow." - CrimeSquad.com (UK)
A former Green Beret must put down the whiskey bottle and go in search of his kidnapped granddaughter, certain that his dark past has come back to haunt her.
"A cracking read." - The Times (UK)
"Pulse-pounding narrative." – Booklist
"Gimenez has written a startling, multilayered thriller in which complex characters and a fast-moving plot grab the reader immediately. Smart dialog and a spunky Gracie, who never loses her cool, make for a memorable read that twists and turns until the final, cinematic conclusion." - Library Journal (starred review)
"There are times when life gets so overwhelming that even a good book can't keep your mind from wandering. That's when you need a super-riveting read like this to take you away. It's a tale with a normally hard-to-take premise—child abduction. But in the hands of bestselling author Mark Gimenez, it becomes a tale of humanity, heroism, and hope, with complex characters who jump off the page. Boy can this guy tell a story!" - Book-of-the-Month Club
THE COLOR OF LAW
A prominent lawyer in a large Dallas law firm is appointed to represent a prostitute charged with murdering the son of a U.S. senator.
"First novelist Gimenez draws on his experience as an attorney in this taut legal thriller that echoes To Kill a Mockingbird. With fast-paced and edgy prose, dramatic tête-à-têtes between attorneys, and an explosive courtroom conclusion, Gimenez effectively weaves elements of race, class, and justice into a story of a lawyer who rediscovers the difference between doing good and doing well." - Library Journal (starred review)
"The Color of Law is an unbeatable legal thriller with a lot of heart." - Texas Monthly
THE GOVERNOR'S WIFE
A Texas governor wants to be president . . . his wife wants to escape his suffocating ambition . . . and a Mexican drug lord wants him dead.
PARTS & LABOR
Book One of the Adventures of Max Dugan
My first children's book, for middle-grade, ages 8-12.
Max Dugan, 10, is a fourth-grader battling bullies at school and his emotions at home; his father deployed to Afghanistan and did not return. His mother, Kate, a labor-and-delivery nurse, struggles to maintain the family, which also includes Scarlett, 14, and Maddy, 4.
The therapist says they are not coping well. In fact, the Dugan family is a mess—until a strange boy named Norbert moves in next door and changes their lives in more ways than they could ever imagine.
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