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The Legal Limit by Martin Clark

The Legal Limit

by Martin Clark

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Very entertaining -- I enjoyed the writing and the story. ( )
  Becky221 | Jan 13, 2014 |
Just how far would you go to protect a brother or relative? Martin Clark's excellent novel examines the ethical dilemma faced by lawyer and commonwealth attorney, Mason Hunt. He has a desperate secret. He was always protected by his brother, Gates, from their abusive father. While being harassed by a local redneck, Gates, kills the man and Mason helps him cover up the secret. It's a secret that will come back to haunt him.

Gates gets into drugs and Mason finally decides he can no longer get him out of trouble by pulling strings, and Gates threatens to bring the house down around him.

Mason has his own dark side and the scene in which he and his assistant confront a drug dealer who has threatened his wife, and the description of how they cover it up is worthy of an episode of Shark. Mason suffers his own tribulations, the death of his wife, a teenage daughter going through troubled years, and then Gates’ revenge bombshell drops. Now, some 20 years later, Mason is forced to come to grips with his past, and the readers must decide what constitutes justice.

This book is about small town life and ethics, the legal system, and the author builds believable and interesting characters. It has twists and unexpected turns. Apparently based on a real murder case, Clark, a circuit court judge, writes very well and this tale will grip you and not let go. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
I'm a big fan of Martin Clark and his quirky stories. This is not the most beautifully written novel; it's a little clunky at times, especially in the beginning, but as I continued I was swept into the story and spent many long afternoons and late, late nights immersed in the story. The main characters feel like real people. I'm looking up the little Virginia town to get more information about the place. Five stars for a terrifically meaty, satisfying read. ( )
  pdepena | Aug 22, 2011 |
A compelling work with faboulous dialogue and a wonderful sense of setting in rural Virginia. The characters live and develop organically, and it's a book you don't want to put down. Does a mistake made in youth necessarily invalidate an entire life? How does a good person cope with someone who is inherently evil, especially when they are brothers! A few false notes, but only major issue is the conclusion, which feels rushed and false. ( )
  neddludd | Jul 29, 2010 |
I loved this book. From the beginning, you can tell that there is no good solution to Mason and Gates and the secret they share. Mason marries, has a daughter, returns to Stuart and becomes a judge. Gates ends up in jail for a drug offense and blames Mason and anyone else for his incarceration. Ultimately, they come back to where the book opens and it is a no-win situation. Clark paints a picture of rural southern life, how people do or don't fit in, how life just happens and you do or don't go on. Loved the book. ( )
  ccayne | Mar 23, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307268357, Hardcover)

Martin Clark’s most remarkable novel yet is the gripping, complex story of a murder cover-up that wreaks widespread havoc even as it redefines the concept of justice—a relentlessly entertaining saga that delves deeply into matters at once ambiguous and essential.

While Gates Hunt chose to fight his abusive father head-on, his younger brother, Mason, eventually escaped their bitter, impoverished circumstances by earning a free ride to college and law school. And while Gates became an intransigent, compulsive felon, Mason met and married the love of his life, had a spitfire daughter, and returned to his rural hometown as the commonwealth’s attorney. But Mason’s idyll is abruptly pierced by a wicked tragedy, and soon afterward his life further unravels when Gates, convinced that his brother’s legal influence should spring him from prison, attempts to force his cooperation by means of a secret they’d both sworn to take with them to the grave. And with his closest friend and staunch ally suddenly threatened by secrets of his own, Mason ultimately finds himself facing complete ruin and desperately defending everything and everyone he holds dear.

Intricately plotted and shot through with authenticity, The Legal Limit is a roller coaster of moral relevance. What should govern our actions when family loyalty challenges personal integrity, when the letter of the law defies its spirit, and when fate plays dice with our best endeavors?

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Growing up with an abusive father and his brother Gates, now an imprisoned felon, Mason Hunt has made a success of his life as the attorney for the Commonwealth of Virginia, until his brother attempts to have Mason use his legal influence to get him out of jail.… (more)

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