Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
The Absence of Guilt
The Absence of Guilt, by Mark Gimenez
Published by Hachette New Zealand, TPBK $34.99 RRP
An ISIS attack on America is narrowly averted when the FBI
uncovers a plot to detonate a weapon of mass destruction in Dallas, Texas
during the Super Bowl.
A federal grand jury indicts twenty-four co-conspirators, including Omar al Mustafa, a notorious and
charismatic Muslim cleric known for his incendiary anti-American diatribes on
YouTube and Fox News. His arrest is greeted with cheers around the world and
relief at home. The President goes on national television and proclaims: 'We
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, with no idea who is really guilty.
About the author:
Mark Gimenez grew up in Galveston County, Texas. He attended
Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, and earned a B.A. in
Political Science with honours. He then attended Notre Dame Law School in
Indiana and earned a J.D. degree magna cum laude. He practiced law with a large
Dallas law firm and became a partner. After ten years, he left to practice solo
and to write. He lives in Texas.