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The Perk

by Mark Gimenez

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Another terrific legal thriller from Mark Gimenez. I can't understand why this guy hasn't become more popular yet. In this story the protagonist becomes a local judge, although he may not remain one for long, since he is not from an old German family in Fredericksburg, TX.....a real place in the Texas Hill Country I knew nothing about, in spite of my Texas relatives. Very sympathetic characters and a page-turner story. Just slightly less riveting than his previous 3 books. ( )
  PermaSwooned | Aug 19, 2012 |
This is the author's third book and each one has been a treat to read. He is very much the next Grisham and his novels are just brilliant.

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City lawyer Beck Hardin hasn't been back to the small Texas town where he grew up for more than twenty years.
But when his wife dies, Beck decides to return to Frederickburg with his two young children. Leaving the rat-race behind, he comes back to a beautiful but troubled small town, simmering with old rivalries.
Then Beck learns of an unsolved case that has haunted Fredericksburg for the past five years. The statute of limitations on the case is fast approaching, and Beck has a race against time to try and solve it. But in taking it on he has made the most dangerous decision of his life.... ( )
  mazda502001 | Mar 7, 2010 |
I really enjoyed the twists and turns in this, and the many facets to the story telling. There were a lot of side lines where you wonder what it has to do with the novel, but that actually works - it means you get to know the characters well and understand what life is like in Fredricksburg. The legal side of the novel has two main storylines, both of which I enjoyed, though I think the twists could have been better played. ( )
  mydogatebob | Jun 7, 2008 |
Beck Hardin, after many years away, returns to his home town in Texas following the death of his wife. There, he finds a town riven by racial conflict, political corruption, and small town secrets. Beck becomes the local judge and has to navigate his way thru the minefield. The story itself is interesting but I found it too long and plodding. Just above average. ( )
  boleyn | Mar 6, 2008 |
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City lawyer Beck Hardin returns to his Texas hometown - and his estranged father - after the death of his wife leaves him with two children to raise. As he tries to readjust to small-town life, Beck learns of an unsolved case that has haunted the town for years, and he can't resist the chance to seek justice.… (more)

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