The Absence of Guilt by Mark Gimenez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Mark Gimenez has officially taken over as my favorite courtroom drama author. I've read the other two books about A. Scott Fenney. This one is just as good.
Scott Fenney lives with his daughter Boo and his adopted daughter Pajamae, the African American daughter of the woman he defended against murder charges in book one. They live in the Highland Park neighborhood near SMU in Dallas. Fenney is now a federal judge.
He is presented with two cases on which to rule. One of them involves whether or not an Executive Order signed by the President to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants is Constitutional. This becomes complicated when he becomes involved with a woman whose parents will be affected if he rules against the Order.
The other case is about an Imam and his Muslim followers who are accused of setting up an elaborate plot to bomb Cowboy Stadium in Dallas on the day of the Superbowl. Due to circumstances that happen after these 23 offenders are in prison, the FBI realizes they don't have all of the jihadists. There are two more at large. The FBI, Judge Fenney, and his friends must find them in time to avoid killing thousands of Americans, not to mention those that he holds dearest.
There is a lot of suspense in this book! Twists and turns will keep the reader guessing all the way to the end. And in the end, the reader is rewarded with finding out what happened to Rebecca, Fenney's former wife who he represented at her trial for the murder of the golf pro she ran off with. It has a complex and intriguing plot that proves Giminez is becoming the master of the courtroom thrillers.
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