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A poor-boy college football hero turned successful partner at a prominent Dallas firmwho long ago checked his conscience at the doorcatches a case that forces him to choose between his enviable lifestyle and doing the right thing in this masterful debut legal thriller.Clark McCall, neer-do-well son of Texas millionaire senator and presidential hopeful Mack McCall, puts a major crimp in his fathers election plans when he winds up murderedapparently by Shawanda Jones, a heroin-addicted hookerafter a tawdry night of booze, drugs, and rough sex.Scott Fenney, whos worked his way to being a partner at an elite Dallas law firm, is assigned to provide Shawandas pro bono defense after the federal judge on the case hears him deliver an inspiring, altruisticand completely insincerespeech to the local bar association. Scott plans to farm the case out to an old law school buddy, do-good-attorney Bobby Herrin. But his plans go awry when Shawanda puts her foot down in court and refuses to be passed off to the lawyer she considers the lesser attorney.As the case unfolds, pressure is exerted on Scott to deter him from being too aggressive in his defense of Shawanda. That pressure becomes palpable as Scott is slowly stripped of the things hes come to care for most. Will he do the right thingat a terrible costor the easy thing and keep his hard-earned fabulous life?With echoes of early John Grisham, THE COLOR OF LAW is a provocative page-turner that marks the stunning debut of a major new talent.From the Hardcover edition.