By MARK GIMENEZ
Published by Hachette New Zealand, $37.99 RRP, 9 July 2013
Meet John Bookman, the handsome Harley-riding Con Law professor famous for taking on lost causes and winning.
John Bookman – Book to his friends – is a tenured professor at the University of Texas School of Law. He's thirty-five, handsome and unmarried. He teaches Constitutional Law, reduces senators to blithering fools on political talk shows, and is often mentioned as a future Supreme Court nominee.
But Book is also famous for something more unusual. He likes to take on lost causes and win. Consequently, when he arrives at the law school each Monday morning, hundreds of letters await him, letters from desperate Americans around the country seeking his help. Every now and then, one letter captures his attention and Book feels compelled to act.
In the first of a thrilling new series from the author of international bestsellers The Colour of Law and Accused, Book investigates a murder in the corrupt world of deepest, darkest Texas.
Mark Gimenez grew up in Galveston County, Texas. Once a partner at a major Dallas law firm, Gimenez gave it up in order to start his own solo practice and to write. He lives in Texas with his wife and two sons.
Praise for his previous novel, The Governor's Wife:
'Gimenez's dialogue breathes street cred, his characters are larger than life, almost bigger than Texas, but it is the state itself that is pivotal. His books exude Texas. Violence hovers like the acrid whiff of gunpowder after the fatal shot.' The Weekend Press
'Mark Gimenez keeps the story cracking along at a furious pace.' Hawkes Bay Weekend