Sep 18

The Absence of Guilt

The Absence of Guilt

By Mark Gimenez

The Absence of Guilt is the third book that I have read by the author and I look forward to catching up on the rest. Mark Gimenez writes courtroom dramas and has been compared to John Grisham.

The Absence of Guilt has a current, very relevant theme and centres around a judge forced to choose between what others see as justifiable and expedient action against terrorists, and his own ethical standards with regard to the sanctity of the Law.  Judge Fenney’s involvement, in two controversial judgements, results in his family being exposed to immediate danger.

The first section seems to lack pace as the scene is set of the judge and his family circumstances but as the tension builds and the twists and turns of the plot unfold the relevance becomes clear.

Issues around terrorism and immigration are handled with sensitivity and an acute awareness of stereotyping and its dangers.

The characters are extremely well drawn and interesting. There are touches of humour despite the serious theme of the story-lines.

The book is well paced overall and there is a good twist at the end which I certainly did not see coming. Highly recommended.

Sue Almond


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