The Absence of Guilt

The Absence of Guilt

by Mark Gimenez

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The Absence of Guilt by Mark Gimenez

An ISIS attack on America is narrowly averted when the FBI uncovers a plot to detonate a weapon of mass destruction in Cowboys Stadium during the Super Bowl. A federal grand jury indicts twenty-four co-conspirators, including the most dangerous man in Dallas, Omar al Mustafa. He is a notorious and charismatic Muslim cleric known for his incendiary anti-American diatribes on YouTube and Fox News. His mosque is a veritable breeding ground for Islamic jihadists. His arrest is greeted with cheers around the world and relief at home. The plot was thwarted, the terrorists are in jail, and the Super Bowl is safe. The president goes on national television and proclaims: "We won!"

There is only one problem: there is no evidence against Mustafa. That problem falls to the presiding judge, newly appointed U.S. District Judge A. Scott Fenney. If Mustafa is innocent, Scott must set the most dangerous man in Dallas free. But does the absence of guilt mean Mustafa is innocent? And if he is innocent, who is guilty?

The Super Bowl is just three weeks away. And the game clock is ticking.


Back in the late 1980s, while I was a young partner in a large Dallas law firm, I met a terrorist. I didn't know it at the time. At a senior partner's request, I met with a potential client who wanted to invest $100 million in U.S. real estate. He was an older Arab gentleman. When I asked for his contact details, he gave me several locations in London and Europe; and then he said, "But there are times when I will be unavailable as I will be in the desert of Libya with Muammar Gaddafi." I asked what he did for Gaddafi. "Consult." On what? "Construction." Of what? "Projects." He declined to be more specific. After escorting him to the elevators, I went to the senior partner and convinced him that the firm didn't need this client. We declined to represent him. End of story.

Or so I thought.

About a year later, I read an article in a national news magazine that reported of his death--and that he was the man who had built Gaddafi's chemical weapons plant. Sarin was reportedly produced at that plant. Twenty-five years later, ISIS captured Libya's cache of sarin.

I met the man who made that possible.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157821845
Publisher: Navarchus Press LLC
Publication date: 01/14/2016
Series: A. Scott Fenney , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 40,528
File size: 615 KB

About the Author

Mark Gimenez grew up in Galveston County, Texas, and attended Texas State University and Notre Dame Law School. He practiced law and was a partner in a large Dallas firm. He is the author of eight novels—The Color of Law, The Abduction, The Perk, The Common Lawyer, Accused, The Governor's Wife, Con Law and The Case Against William—as well as a children's novel, Parts & Labor: The Adventures of Max Dugan. His books have received critical acclaim around the world. They have been bestsellers in the UK, Ireland, Australia, India, and South Africa and have been translated into fifteen foreign languages. The Perk won a spot in Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels, edited by John Connolly and Declan Burke.

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The Absence of Guilt 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very in depth into the world of ISIL terrorism - made me believe one thing when in actuality, something completely different was happening. Also, the Constitution rules America & that's a good thing as long as the federal judges follow the law!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting but so close to our world today... really enjoy this author's books!!! Hooked from beginning
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my second A Scott Fenney book. Very entertaining and kept my interest. The end was a little far fetched with a federal judge climbing up the outside of an elevator frame to attack and fist fight with a terrorist. A very strange ending for what was a very good read until the last few chapters. However, I did enjoy it enough to want to read the nrxt book in the seried. The two daughters made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down. Ending is a shocker. Hope Mark is not finished with A Scott Fenney. Love it. Mark Gimenez books needs to be available in the USA. Grateful for NOOK.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A thriller that encompasses current political and social issues. Non-stop action, plus many twists. One of the best books I have read in a very long time.
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I've read all of Mark Giminez's books. Top notch writing on par with Grisham. Start with the Color of Law. Awesome!! Waiting for them to go to the big screen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Color of Law" was the first Mark Gimenez book I had read, but Scott and the other characters grew on me, so I didn't stop there. Hoping "Absence of Guilt" isn't the end of Finney & Co. I'd have given 5 stars, but for two reasons: first, the ebooks in this series are not formatted well. There are changes in narration and scene without any separation at all and can be confusing at times. Secondly, the minor thing that bothered me about the story itself is never at any time is there any conflict between Boo and Pajamae. Teenage girls argue; sisters argue. I'd like for their relationship to have been a little more realistic in that sense. Overall, I would (and have) recommend this series and this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The intrigue builds with each chapter and doesn't let up until the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always enjoy his books. Have read them all. This book shows what we are living in today's world. This plot could happen. Good read.
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Respective. Predictable. Like all his books