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What is a Life Worth?

I stayed up way too late last night finishing The Common Lawyer by Mark Ginenez. Gimenez books get off to a slow start by taking great pains to set the stage and introduce the main characters. In the two books I've read by him, this one and The Color of Law , the start was so slow I was tempted to stop reading. And then the reader gets hit with the action and stays involved until the end.

Each of these books features a lawyer whose life changes in the course of the book, as do his values. Each one faces a moral challenge. In The Common Lawyer , a billionaire, whose son has an incurable cancer, is unable to find a cure no matter how much of his money he spends on research and medical help. There is only one person who might be able to save his son. The question is, to what lengths will the billionaire go to get that person to cooperate? To what lengths will the drug companies go to stop that person from putting them out of business? To what lengths will that person go not to be found? The lawyer, Andy Prescott, has to decide what he will do when he finally has all the information he needs about the job he's been hired to do. Will he finish the job he was paid for even if it may hurt the one person who can help? Maybe even kill her?

What is saving a child's life worth if money alone can't save it?

Fortunately most of us will never have to make decisions like this.

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Paulie wrote on August 14, 2015, 2:47 AM

This looks like a great book to read and I'll have to see if I can pick it up. Thanks for sharing!

HappyLady wrote on August 14, 2015, 4:01 AM

I love and t when a review makes me want to read a book. Thanks, Barb.

MegL wrote on August 14, 2015, 4:07 AM

Thatsounds a very interesting book. Slow start books can be a pain to read but these sound worth it.

BarbRad wrote on August 14, 2015, 4:17 AM

I'm glad it caught your eye. Cancer means one thing to the one who has it, and quite another to those who want to minimize its effects to save their deep pockets.

BarbRad wrote on August 14, 2015, 4:18 AM

I got it free for my Kindle, but I don't know if that promotion is still on.

BarbRad wrote on August 14, 2015, 4:19 AM

I'm glad I made you want to read it.

BarbRad wrote on August 14, 2015, 4:21 AM

I think the author really wants you to knew what the protagonist's life is like, who his friends and family are, where he hangs out, where he lives, what he wears and everything about his lifestyle before moving on. When you finally get to the point where you are wondering if anything will ever happen, the action takes off.

scheng1 wrote on August 14, 2015, 4:44 AM

I have read this book years ago, and still remember it. I personally think if such a child exists, she should help others by donating her cells for research.

CoralLevang wrote on August 14, 2015, 7:10 AM

For the very reason you mentioned, is why I have NEVER read a book by Grisham.

CalmGemini wrote on August 14, 2015, 7:17 AM

I have not read this book.But glad to know you made time to read this book.Happy reading.

BarbRad wrote on August 14, 2015, 3:25 PM

I don't want to spoil it for others, but she might not have lived to help more than one person had she been found by the wrong people.

BarbRad wrote on August 14, 2015, 3:26 PM

Of course, Grisham didn't write this one, but I do have the same problem with his books and most good fiction.

BarbRad wrote on August 14, 2015, 3:27 PM

I make way too much time to read. I take too much time away from writing to read.

BarbRad wrote on August 14, 2015, 3:35 PM

Abby, I'm so sorry. My mother also died of cancer, as did my father. My dad died within a few days of their discovering it. Mom had a prognosis of two months when they discovered hers, and it was pretty accurate. Dad suffered more than Mom because he'd been sick for at least two months before he went to the ER. He belonged to an HMO. He had had open heart surgery in October and even with all the pre-surgical testing no one discovered cancer. He seemed fine at Thanksgiving and the problems started sometime in January. Double vision, toothaches, and other problems the eye doctor and dentist didn't want to treat until further testing was done because they could see nothing they could treat. Tests were ordered, but Dad finally went to the ER in February, after Valentine's Day. He was gone before the end of the month.

Feisty56 wrote on August 14, 2015, 7:12 PM

This sort of book is right down my alley. I've already placed it on my "For Later" shelf in my account at the library. Thanks for sharing!

BarbRad wrote on August 14, 2015, 11:37 PM

Just be aware that It gets off to a really slow start. I wrote an expanded review today for my BookwormBuffet blog. I just tweeted the link out on my Gale427 account.

Paulie wrote on August 15, 2015, 12:23 AM

Iwould like to get it in hard or paper back because I don't like using a Kindle or reading books online.

BarbRad wrote on August 15, 2015, 3:43 AM

I think some books only get published electronically at first. I suspect if they sell well that way, they may put them into paper. Fortunately for you, this one comes in all formats.