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Ground Truth

by Rob Sangster

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Stanford law professor, Jack Strider, is forced to abandon his goal of serving on the U.S. Supreme Court when his father involves him in a scandal, effectively ruining his reputation. Jobless and desperate, he accepts an assignment from an accredited law firm, which takes him to crime-ridden Juarez, Mexico, San Francisco and the Oval Office.
His brief is to defend a corrupt corporate client, who is a kingpin in the business of illegal nuclear waste disposal. In the end Jack doesn't know who to trust, but decides that defending his client goes against his own principles of upholding the law and saving a poor community from nuclear annihilation.
This is a busy, action-packed thriller with lots of suspense and intriguing twists. It took me a while to get into it with its multiple characters, rather intricate legal jargon and frequent translations from Mexican, but once I did it was fast-paced and a page turner. It also covered well-researched and interesting information about the problems nuclear production companies have concerning waste disposal and the incredible hazards involved. ( )
  hestermaree | Aug 28, 2016 |
Jack Strider strives to eventually be appointed to the Supreme Court. This takes an abrupt turn when his father kills himself, in all likelihood because his involvement in a smuggling ring was soon to be exposed. Jack accepts the advice of a mentor who tells him to take a job that has been lined up with a big firm. Jack soon finds himself shuffled off to Mexico, ostensibly to take care of a problem for a client. During this, Jack finds that he needs to choose between his ethics and his career plan.

This book raised some interesting questions that need to be considered by anyone whose goals are confronted with "doing what is right". ( )
  JenniferRobb | Jun 19, 2016 |
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Practicing law has never been so deadly. Hotshot Stanford law professor Jack Strider is on the fast track to serve on the Supreme Court until a bullet and a nasty, front-page family scandal shatter that ambition. After he's unjustly fired from the law school faculty, a powerhouse law firm run by a former Secretary of State offers Jack a job and a chance for redemption. His first assignment: do whatever it takes to defend a sleazy corporate client in Juarez, Mexico, the Murder Capital of the World. Soon, Jack realizes that if he can't stop his client, millions of people on both sides of the border will be poisoned. Plunged into the violence of the Texas-Mexican borderlands, Jack discovers that he can trust no one, not even the law firm he works for, so when attorney Debra Vanderberg is sent to assist Jack, he doesn't know whether she's an ally or a spy. He has no choice but to trust her and pray he isn't wrong. Racing against the clock and dodging bullets, Jack and Debra uncover corporate greed and political corruption that lead all the way from a sacred cave in the Mexican mountains to the Oval Office. When the President of the United States refuses to stop the impending catastrophes, Jack risks everything, including his life. But can he learn the "ground truth" fast enough to save the millions destined to die?… (more)

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