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Book Review: Accused by Mark Gimenez

Accused by Mark Gimenez

Accused is the sequel to the jaw-droppingly good legal thriller The Colour of Law – and it features again the character of lawyer Scott Feeney. Accused is just as good, if not better, than the first book, and you don’t need to read The Colour of Law to enjoy Accused (although I’d highly recommend that you read the first book anyway). The novel opens with Scott’s ex-wife, Rebecca, waking up to discover blood everywhere in her bedroom and her lover, Trey – the golfing pro she left Scott for – dead with a kitchen knife in his chest. Accused of her lover’s murder, she phones Scott and asks him to represent her. He says yes because he doesn’t want to see the mother of his daughter in prison – and also because he wants to know why their marriage failed. As he delves into the world of professional golfing searching for the truth he uncovers many people with a motive for wanting Trey dead. But, curiously, as the list of suspects mount, there still remains nagging doubts about Rebecca’s actual innocence. Did she or did she not murder her lover Trey? But if she did, what was her motive? His death has resulted in her losing everything. The five-star lifestyle is over and all she has left is some clothes and a few pieces of jewellery.

In this book there is infidelity, drugs, gambling – it seems Trey had many vices. It is interesting to note that Mark Gimenez wrote this novel before the real life Tiger Woods scandal. Accused is a fascinating insight into the world of celebrity sporting. Fans and sponsors expect their golfing heroes to be squeaky clean – but what really goes on in their lives off the course?This book is compelling and page-turning. It is extremely well plotted – but I think its greatest strength is the wonderful characters. Scott Feeney is highly likeable – he is principled and honest, trying to bring up his biological daughter and adopted daughter as best as he can, while trying to figure out what went wrong with his marriage. Rebecca wasn’t a likeable character in the first book, and in the Accused she emerges as a highly complicated woman – one that keeps you wondering about her until the very end. This is a fabulous read – a great legal puzzle with plenty of pace, but also a book about a man and his family searching for answers.

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