When a hotshot Dallas lawyer is asked to defend a black prostitute accused of murder, he is forced to question everything he previously held dear. This is a legal thriller in which the ruthless politics of corporate law come face to face with the ethics of public defence.
A. Scott Fenney is a hotshot corporate lawyer at a big Dallas firm. At 33, in the prime of his life, he rakes in $750,000 a year, drives a Ferrari and comes home every night to a mansion in Dallas's most exclusive neighbourhood. He also comes home to one of Dallas's most beautiful women, with whom he has a much-loved daughter, Boo. For Fenney, life could not be better.
But when a senator's son is killed in a hit-and-run, Fenney is asked by the state judge to put his air-conditioned lifestyle on hold to defend the accused: a black, heroin-addicted prostitute - a very different client to the people Fenney usually represents. And, more importantly, she is not going be paying Ford Stevens $350 an hour for the privilege of his services.
Under fire from all sides, Fenney drafts in a public defender to take the case on. Yet as Scott prepares to hand over to Bobby, he feels increasingly guilty about the path he is taking, because Scott still believes in the principle of justice.
The question is: does he believe in it strongly enough to jeopardise everything in his life he holds dear? And to what lengths is the dead man's power-hungry father prepared to go to test Fenney's resolve?
A good story, which Gimenez tells with passion and conviction - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Gimenez has delivered a readable story with a central character who's extremely interesting. We'll be back with A. Scott Finney in the future, I have no doubt. - EVENING HERALD
Warning: You will lose an entire lazy Sunday to this one. - TIME OUT
I read it at one sitting . . . Gimenez has created a complex and believable character who carries a story that still intrigues - OBSERVER
Mark Gimenez grew up in Galveston County, Texas. He attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, and earned a B.A. in Political Science with honors. He then attended Notre Dame Law School in Indiana and earned a J.D. degree magna cum laude. He practiced law with a large Dallas law firm and became a partner. After ten years, he left to practice solo and to write. He lives in Texas.