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by Tim Green
Grand Central Publishing, February 2009, $24.99

When Senator Case kills an illegal Mexican immigrant during a turkey hunt on his Texas ranch, legal aid lawyer Casey Jordan wants to help the victim's wife and child, who are being immediately deported, but the powerful Senator controls the local police and judges. But even when this investigation leads to more murder and the unexplained, mass disappearance of other illegal aliens, Casey refuses to give up.

This action-packed story is fast paced, ranging from the senator's isolated ranch to a mysterious, perhaps deadly, factory in Mexico. Both Casey and her assistant, Joe O'Brien, take lots of risks, and are almost killed several times. Casey herself is a tough women's rights lawyer accustomed to dealing with abusive men as she battles to keep her struggling legal service afloat. And fortunately, the formidable Joe is also tough and gutsy, though a bit shy about his own murky past. There is definitely some attraction between the two.

This is a competent, suspenseful thriller with some scary confrontations with colorful (if somewhat standard issue) villains. Furthermore, the observations on the plight of poor women and illegal aliens on both sides of the border add some interesting, perceptive texture. Above the Law makes for an entertaining, if not terribly original, read.

Beverley J. DeWeese

When Senator Case kills an illegal Mexican immigrant during a turkey hunt on his Texas ranch, legal aid lawyer Casey Jordan wants to help the victim's wife and child, who are being immediately deported, but the powerful Senator controls the local police and judges. But even when this investigation leads to more murder and the unexplained, mass disappearance of other illegal aliens, Casey refuses to give up.

This action-packed story is fast paced, ranging from the senator's isolated ranch to a mysterious, perhaps deadly, factory in Mexico. Both Casey and her assistant, Joe O'Brien, take lots of risks, and are almost killed several times. Casey herself is a tough women's rights lawyer accustomed to dealing with abusive men as she battles to keep her struggling legal service afloat. And fortunately, the formidable Joe is also tough and gutsy, though a bit shy about his own murky past. There is definitely some attraction between the two.

This is a competent, suspenseful thriller with some scary confrontations with colorful (if somewhat standard issue) villains. Furthermore, the observations on the plight of poor women and illegal aliens on both sides of the border add some interesting, perceptive texture. Above the Law makes for an entertaining, if not terribly original, read.

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by Tim Green
Grand Central Publishing, February 2009, $24.99

Green
February 2009
above-the-law
24.99
Grand Central Publishing