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The Perk
     

The Perk

4.2 30
by Mark Gimenez
 
A grieving widower gets caught up in the politics of his Texas hometown when he returns to make peace with his father.

THE PERK was selected for BOOKS TO DIE FOR: THE WORLD'S GREATEST MYSTERY WRITERS ON THE WORLD'S GREATEST MYSTERY NOVELS, edited by John Connolly and Declan Burke.

Best-seller lists:

No. 6, Ireland
No. 11,

Overview

A grieving widower gets caught up in the politics of his Texas hometown when he returns to make peace with his father.

THE PERK was selected for BOOKS TO DIE FOR: THE WORLD'S GREATEST MYSTERY WRITERS ON THE WORLD'S GREATEST MYSTERY NOVELS, edited by John Connolly and Declan Burke.

Best-seller lists:

No. 6, Ireland
No. 11, Australia
No. 17, UK

Editorial Reviews:

"Remember when John Grisham exploded on to the courtroom drama market with novels of breathtaking brilliance? Lightning just struck twice."
- The Daily Record (Scotland)

"Gimenez returns to the complex legal thrillers where he seems to be at his best. The Perk has mystery, humour and history along with well-drawn characters that the reader will actually care about. As is often the case in legal thrillers, there is a mix of those characters that take the moral high ground and those who seem just out for their own good. Unusually, there are also a few comic and slightly caricatured figures here as well--but they all fit well together in the plot. Together with great characters and a strong plot there is also lots of interesting historical information. The ending may not be what is expected but it is all the better for it and proves to be a good finish to an excellent book. As ever, Gimenez is highly recommended, impossible to put down and definitely not to be missed."
- CrimeSquad.com (UK)

"Just as well I started The Perk on the weekend, as I couldn't put down this book. . . . This one's a cracker--neatly woven subplots, a taut thriller and a wonderfully current statement on American popular culture. And yes, Gimenez may possibly be the next Grisham."
- Kerre's Book Reviews (UK)

"Gimenez fills the John Grisham hole in the legal-thriller genre so well there may be no room left for Grisham."
– The Sunday Times (Perth)

"Gimenez's novels are gripping, intense thrillers. Guaranteed to keep you up well into the night, The Perk is an exceptionally well crafted novel, populated by a cast of characters that are realistically-drawn and appealing. As always, thought-provoking, intelligent, and addictive. Highly recommended."
- Civilian-Reader (UK)

Top Ten of 2008--"We read lots of thrillers and they can tend to merge into one another. The Perk stood out by a mile as an excellent example of the genre and a stunning, well told tale in its own right. Gimenez' stature continues to grow."
- CrimeSquad.com (UK)

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013354166
Publisher:
Navarchus Press
Publication date:
10/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
4,918
File size:
577 KB

Meet the Author

Mark Gimenez grew up in Galveston County, Texas, earned his law degree at Notre Dame, and was a partner in a major Dallas law firm. He now practices solo and writes. He lives in Texas.

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The Perk 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"The Perk" was billed as a John Grisham like novel. I read the reviews and several were not complimentary. I took a chance and bought the book. Yes, it started out slow, but by the time I had finished, I thought the writer was indeed just like Grisham. This is a great book and I highly recommend it to all Grisham fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of those "can't put down" books. A fascinating story, superbly told. One of the best I have read so far this year. All for 99 cents. I would love to see more of Mr. Gimenez.
BobeLF More than 1 year ago
Great book!!........Do not belive anonymous... he/she is not credible if they think this book or any other by Mark Gemenez is a two star book. Shame on you!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't stop reading this book, finished it in 2 days. What a good writer he is. I hope to read some more of his books. So far, read "The Accused ", which I loved and "The Perk".
prwNC More than 1 year ago
My first time reading Mark Gimenez and I loved it, it felt like I could see the characters. I'm a new fan and am currently reading another one of his books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story and couldn't put it down.
kkrisfalusy More than 1 year ago
Great story.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast moving, intrigue, just enough of a love story in it. I hate reading porn in normal books!!! If I wanted porn which I don't I'd read those books. I don't want to get in bed or have sex with the people in the story. Thats why I like Clive Cussler. Mark is good like Clive. Different genre'.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This is the type of book you want to read in between intense, complicated books. It's easy to read and it still has a twist here and there.
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A really good book that starts out really slow. Stick to it and you won't be disappointed. Characters are well developed and the plot has many twists and turns
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters that are a little to good to be true. If you are a hardcore southern conserative republican you might have a problem with the book. I being a little more on the left did not have a promblem with that part but the writing is on the light side. Ok read.
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Beck is more likeable as a small town judge than he would have been as a Chicago lawyer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked all of his other books but this one just did not cut it.
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Move over John Grishom, this book had me hooked from the beginning. Excellent read----city lawyer returns to his childhood home after being gone for 25 years and ends up a judge who intends to dispense the law as it should be and not alliw the old timers to run the show.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whatever you do,do not waste your time on this trash. The message in this so called book is Anglos hate Mexicans. The author drones on and on about how the folks from Fredrickberg Texas are very mistrustful of illegal brown skin people. No suspense what's so ever. It was an insult to compare this so called author to a real author like John Grisham.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting read. Didn't see it ending the way it did. Will check out some of his other books.