Accused is the second Scott Fenney series novel. A. Scott Fenney is ‘the champion of the poor‘ lawyer, and was first introduced in Mark Gimenez’s first novel, The Color of Law.
Though The Color of Law was a good Scott Fenney thriller, albeit a slow-paced one, the second book does not match the reader’s expectations. Accused turns out to be a poor cousin when compared to other exciting books from the Gimenez stable like The Abduction.
The main story revolves around Scott defending his ex-wife, Rebecca, to prove her innocence in the murder of Trey Rawlins. Trey is the golf pro, for whom Rebecca leaves Scott in the first place.
Also, politics in the world of law, politics in sports, politics, journalism, gambling, drugs and other vices are discussed in detail in this story. The victim becomes a dark character by the end of the murder trial, even though he started as a spotless all-American sports legend and wonderful human.
Accused also sounds like a moral sciences lesson similar to Gimenez’s The Perk. The pace is extremely slow. The book is about 550 pages, when it actually have been put in just below 100 pages. The dialog repeats over and over. The same scene will be happen even after 10 pages, just discussed by other people.
Also, the dialog delivery is redundant, sometimes when Gimenez tries for humor, it totally falls flat. He does that especially by making the characters speak in tangents (deliberate misunderstandings), this gets boring within a few pages, but the author continues this through out the book.
Some glaringly visible inconsistencies in this book made me decide not to buy any more Scott Fenney series books. For instance, Scott Fenney says in page 14, “I lost my dad when I was ten”. Then in page 19, Scott rewinds back to a scene when he was 13 years old, and his mother asks his father, “Butch, it’s time you had a father-son talk with Scotty… “.
Scott says that Butch Fenney died when he was ten, but contradicts himself within the next few pages.
Then there is the issue of children being projected like adults. Scott’s young daughters try to get him to date, take all the drugs in the market for heart problems and advise him on many such things. This happens a lot in the book making it feel as if the author used the children just for filling pages and boring the reader.
Then there is the author’s view that women are promiscuous and that they lie, always, for everything. He shows so many women characters in this book who have loose morale. Makes the reader wonder if the author is venting his anger on any particular woman.
Only the hero is chaste and great, does not give in to any temptations; Oh, please! The last twist in the epilogue is especially bad.
I surely do not recommend this book as a good read. Read it just for the laughs at the faulty construction of the story.
For the review of the first Scott Fenney novel, check out The Color of Law.
For more Mark Gimenez book reviews, please check Mark Gimenez Book Reviews.