Reviews of The Color of Law

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The Color of Law
AKA The Colour of Law

  • Two weeks on New York Times Top 35 hardback fiction list.
  • Three weeks on UK Top 20 hardback fiction list; nine weeks on UK Top 50 hardback fiction list.
  • Three weeks on UK Top 20 trade paperback fiction list; twenty-one weeks on UK To 50 trade paperback fiction list.
  • Two weeks on UK Top 10 mass market fiction list; five weeks on the UK Top 20 mass market fiction list; six weeks on the UK Top 50 mass market fiction list.
  • Five weeks on Irish Top 20 trade paperback fiction list.
  • Fifteen weeks on Australian Top 50 trade paperback fiction list.
  • Nominated for “Thriller” Award for Best First Novel by International Thriller Writers, Inc.
  • Nominated for “Gumshoe” Award for Best First Novel by Mystery Ink.
  • No. 8 on Amazon’s Top 10 Mystery & Thrillers List for 2005, the only first novel on the list.
  • Picked for Alan Cheuse’s (NPR/All Things Considered) 2005 Holiday Booklist.

“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.”
Starred review, Library Journal

“Gimenez . . . delivers an authentically creepy debut novel. A big part of this thriller’s appeal is its moral backbone. . . . This is a well-calibrated contemporary morality play, set in get-rich-quick Dallas, with tours of country clubs and gated communities, and knowledgeable forays into Darwinian legal tactics. Gimenez also gives us a hateful character who becomes more sympathetic the more he fails. Fast-paced and thought-provoking fare.”
Booklist (starred review)

“The Color of Law is an unbeatable legal thriller with a lot of heart.”
Texas Monthly (Oct. 2005)

“Gimenez makes his debut with a legal thriller based in Big D that will keep you on the edge of your seat. . . . ‘The Color of Law’ is full of twists and turns into the dark side of human nature with a final courtroom scene straight from ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’”
San Antonio Express-News (Oct. 23, 2005)

“American lawyers, more accustomed to speaking the language of their people, are much better at [writing legal thrillers]. Scott Turow and John Grisham are the best known, but there are many others. I recommend The Colour of Law (Time Warner publishers) by Mark Gimenez, one of the most promising American lawyer-writers I’ve read recently. It’s a Grisham-like novel about a slick, successful, ambitious Dallas corporate lawyer whose life changes when he has to defend a black prostitute accused of murder.”
Marcel Berlins, The Guardian (April 24, 2006)

“‘The Colour of Law’ by Mark Gimenez is a compulsive read that owes its heart, soul and passion to Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’. In this fast-paced debut, Gimenez sinks his teeth into the manicured and corrupt world of lawyered, high-society Dallas in all its ostentatious glory: golf club memberships, fancy houses, fast cars, sleek wives and the all-encompassing reach of cold, hard power. In A. Scott Fenney—a young, rich and ruthless corporate lawyer at one of Dallas’s most prestigious firms who glibly practises ‘aggressive and creative’ law for his high-paying clients—will the world find a hero or a patsy? Only a case involving a poor, black, drug-addicted prostitute and a dead white senator’s son will tell. Warning: you can lose an entire lazy Sunday to this one.”
Daneet Steffens, Time Out London (April 26, 2006)

“New author and former lawyer Mark Gimenez, a Texan, has written a riveting story about the corruption of the law. . . . Gimenez matches up to biggies like John Grisham and Scott Turow, with a thrilling tale of how the law actually works.”
Calgary Sun (March 12, 2006)

“This is a powerful courtroom thriller set in Dallas and featuring an engaging hero in the form of hotshot corporate lawyer turned defence attorney, Scott Fenney. Gimenez is a gifted plotter and the story winds its way through some good twists before arriving at a startling conclusion. Along the way, Gimenez also makes some points about wealth, social responsibility and race relations in America.”
Canberra Times (AUS) (December 10, 2005)

“A little To Kill a Mockingbird with some Law & Order thrown in, Color is a page-turner, and Gimenez—a real-life attorney-turned-author—seems to warrant his billing as ‘the next John Grisham.’”
Houston Press (Nov. 3, 2005)

“At least once a year a new legal thriller hits the shelves, hyped to the stars, with promises that the author will be ‘the next John Grisham.’ Usually, the fanfare is wasted, the hype is a lie and the promises fall flat because the book isn’t very good. Not so with Mark Gimenez’ compelling debut, The Color of Law.”
Chicago Sun-Times (Nov. 20, 2005)

“The plot setup is as convoluted and intricate as anything in recent memory, an inverted morality tale that equals some of the best work of legal thriller writers Scott Turow, Lisa Scottoline or John Grisham.”
BookPage Mystery of the Month (Oct. 2005)

“Gimenez’s stunning debut is easily one of the most provocative legal thrillers to come along in awhile. . . . This is a must read, inspiring and delicious.”
New Mystery Reader Magazine (Oct. 2005)

“‘The Color of Law’ is more than just a highly readable legal thriller. It’s also a blistering attack on both the legal profession and super-rich Texans in Dallas . . . It’s a tasty plot—big money, political intrigue, sexy wives, precocious little girls—but the novel would be a lot less fun without Gimenez’s scathing portrait of the city and its most powerful citizens.”
Washington Post (Oct. 17, 2005)

“The book is as confident, smooth and compelling a first novel as you’re likely to find . . . [and] nearly impossible to put down.”
Mystery Ink

“The Color of Law moves at a brisk pace as Gimenez pulls out all the stops to make the reader care deeply about each of the characters and the changes they undergo . . . Gimenez knows how to shape intriguing characters, make legal ethics exciting and ratchet up tension and suspense.”
South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Dec. 11, 2005)

“This debut novel takes the best from Grisham, Meltzer, et al – and adds yet more to make this one of the best legal thrillers I have read for some time.” (UK, March 2006)

“Gimenez maintains a rhythm that keeps pages turning long past bedtime.”
Austin American-Statesman (Nov. 13, 2005)

“The book starts fast and never slows down.”
Houston Chronicle (Nov. 4, 2005)

“Gimenez’s debut has plenty of twists and flashes of humor. A promising, distinctive new voice.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Gimenez does a fine job with the plot; lots of twists and the courtroom scenes are great.”
Globe and Mail (Canada) (Nov. 12, 2005)

“. . . extraordinary debut . . .”
Mountains & Plains Booksellers Association

One of “10 Novels You’ll Want on Your Bookshelf,”
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