Book Review: The Common Lawyer by Mark Gimenez
The Common Lawyer by Mark Gimenez
The Common Lawyer is the latest, assured novel from the pen of Mark Gimenez, a Texan writer many are comparing to John Grisham. Like his previous books, Gimenez has written another page-turning, extremely readable story that is also thought-provoking and multi-layered – and it is these extra dimensions to his novels that I think give him the edge over Grisham.
In this, Gimenez’s fourth novel, his central character Andy Prescott is a young man who hasn’t really grown up yet. Andy might practise law – in this case getting clients off parking tickets – but he prefers to ride his trail bike or drink beer with his buddies. He’s a likeable layabout without much ambition. But then one of Texas’s wealthiest men, Russell Reeves, walks into his office and offers Andy more money than he has ever earned before to do some easy legal work. All is well until Russell asks Andy to take on another job – that of tracking down his previous girlfriends so he can gift them one million dollars each. But why is Russell really this generous? And what, if anything, does this have to do with Russell’s young son who is dying of leukaemia? And, most importantly, why has this goodwill mission suddenly turned deadly? This is a fast-paced, satisfying read with a compelling dilemma at its heart. As good as Grisham? In my opinion, in this novel Gimenez is better.