The Legal Limit

The Legal Limit

Book - 2008
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Martin Clark's most remarkable novel yet is the gripping, complex story of a murder cover-up that wreaks widespread havoc even as it redefines the concept of justice--a relentlessly entertaining saga that delves deeply into matters at once ambiguous and essential. While Gates Hunt chose to fight his abusive father head-on, his younger brother, Mason, eventually escaped their bitter, impoverished circumstances by earning a free ride to college and law school. And while Gates became an intransigent, compulsive felon, Mason met and married the love of his life, had a spitfire daughter, and returned to his rural hometown as the commonwealth's attorney. But Mason's idyll is abruptly pierced by a wicked tragedy, and soon afterward his life further unravels when Gates, convinced that his brother's legal influence should spring him from prison, attempts to force his cooperation by means of a secret they'd both sworn to take with them to the grave. And with his closest friend and staunch ally suddenly threatened by secrets of his own, Mason ultimately finds himself facing complete ruin and desperately defending everything and everyone he holds dear. Intricately plotted and shot through with authenticity, The Legal Limit is a roller coaster of moral relevance. What should govern our actions when family loyalty challenges personal integrity, when the letter of the law defies its spirit, and when fate plays dice with our best endeavors?
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307268358
0307268357
Characteristics: 356 p. ; 25 cm

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0007548100dmw
Feb 18, 2016

Very good, well written novel. Would recommend.

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cochristian
Apr 13, 2014

This book really has an edge! I like the way a lie is evolving in the story line. It really makes you think about the consequences of crime and punishment.

Funny and exciting, this legal thriller does not track its characters' life in the fast lane, but in the back country roads of the rural south. The hero is more an anti-hero, trying to maintain the deep bonds of family even when his remaining family--his brother--is bent on his own destruction.

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