Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Lawyer's Lawyer



Title:  The Lawyer’s Lawyer (Jack Tobin)
Author:  James Sheehan
Pages:  416
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Center Street
                The Lawyer’s Lawyer is an interesting tale as readers follow the main male character, named Jack Tobin, over a period of years.  I must caution people that unbeknownst to me beforehand, this book has foul language and sexual innuendos throughout.  I review a variety of books that are different both in genre and publishers.  For the most part, I like Christian novels and authors, but I have also had the unique pleasure of interacting with authors with other points of view.  Here is a novel that has both the language and sexual content that don’t add to the story.  The sexual parts aren’t spelled out, but alluded to.  The foul language that was at times something included in the story however didn’t seem like it was part of the action or scenes.
When I agree to do a review, I usually try to read and complete the whole book.  I can count on one hand the number of times I didn’t complete a book or write a review.  However, I did finish reading the tale because it was a captivating story with many plots, turns and twists that kept the reader’s attention.  The chapters are short, which is convenient for those who like to read but cannot do so for long periods of time.  The prelude begins to lay the groundwork for what is to follow in the events and timeframes of the book.
                Basically, in this particular work of fiction, we have a lawyer who is against the death penalty and volunteers his services for an organization called Exoneration.  Jack Tobin has more than enough money to live on through his previous years of hard work and the starting of his own law firm.  He is then bought out by the other partners when Jack wants to go a different direction in his profession.  Jack’s basic belief is that he will defend a client only if he believes the client is innocent.  He also has a few friends whom he knows he can and will trust with his life.
Through various circumstances revealed earlier in the story, the plot now thickens when Jack is accused of first degree murder.  In the courtroom, Jack basically works with his lawyer to bring the truth forth, believing that above all truth will prevail.  The courtroom scenes will keep the reader glued until the end.  The characters are lifelike in the way that their actions and thoughts are both right at some times and wrong at others.  Many characters in the novel challenge the system to discover the truth instead of the motive for money, grandstanding and more.
I enjoyed the novel very much, though the language and sexual innuendos could have been left out.  It is a well-constructed story based on seeking truth more than anything else from the lawyer’s standpoint.  I believe, too, that if someone really loves another they will lay their life on the line for that person.  Read the book and you will see how that theme is presented.  The work of fiction is filled with suspense, mystery, and small town community flavor.
My rating for the book is 4 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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