Bino Phillips is one of the best defenders in all Dallas. He is known for defending disreputable characters and fighting for justice - even against high political interests if necessary. For the honest but politically unpopular federal judge Emmett Burns, Bino Phillips is the last hope. Burns is about to be indicted on trumped-up charges, and his gorgeous but reckless daughter, Ann, has gotten into some trouble of her own.
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Do not pass this one up. It's way smart and too funny.
- Charles Atkinson
Can someone tell me what this is all about?
I like Joe Barrett's voice. It is soft and gravelly and comfy. He can make any number of books, say, for instance, this one, sound better than they are, just because you enjoy listening to him. But that is subterfuge, because the book underneath Joe's narration is trivial and uninteresting.
I'm not sure what the word "genre" means any more. Thrillers? Legal-trial-lawyers books? I think almost any attempt to break down literature into categories is doomed to failure, because there are so many authors (and so little time!) with imaginations and creative skills that can't really be categorized in such an easy way. I will continue to read books about the law and how it is practiced, because the subject is intrinsically interesting to me. It's just unfortunate when I see a book that seemed to have potential fizzle down into a gossipy, syrupy, soap opera-ish toy. Not worth the money or the time, in my view.
I like "gravelly," although I have already used it. I think "folksy" is good, and something like "sympatico" works as well.
Heavens no. The plot is literally all over the place. There are so many characters that you can't possibly hold onto the identity of each one. A good movie would simply concentrate on Bino (what kind of name is that? Is he actually an albino?), the judge that he represents, and the judge's daughter, who has toxic addictions to gambling and losing. The rest of the characters are forgettable at the very best, unnecessary, thin, one-dimensional, predictable (someone please stop me!), etc. The book wanders all over the map without going anywhere at all.
No. There are so many other writers of legal thrillers, like Turow and Lescroarts, and Lehane and many others: why bore yourself with this one? Time is too precious.
- Richard Delman