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A Texas governor wants to be president . . . his wife wants to escape his suffocating ambition . . . and a Mexican drug lord wants him dead.

Mark’s books have sold over 900,000 copies worldwide and have been Top 10 best-sellers in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and South Africa, translated into fourteen languages, and praised around the world:

THE GOVERNOR’S WIFE is available from Amazon.


Praise for Mark Gimenez’s books

“Some critics are calling the Texas-based lawyer Mark Gimenez ‘the next Grisham’—but I think that’s far less than fair. This, his fifth novel and the second featuring attorney A. Scott Fenney, shows he’s now better than the one-time master of the American courtroom drama. . . . If you doubt me, sample this cracking thriller which sees Fenney defend his former wife against the allegation that she killed the man she left him for, millionaire golf professional Trey Rawlins. . . . This is one of the best legal thrillers since Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent in 1987 . . . Superb.” – Daily Mail (UK)

“Brilliant writing, masterful plot and all the thrill of the courtroom in one. Grisham, step aside.” – City AM (UK)

“Gimenez writes smart vernacular dialogue, hip and street-wise, with a nice line in social commentary, and his plotting leaves the over-rated John Grisham in his rear-vision mirror.” –The Australian

“The Common Lawyer is about an overpowering need to right a shocking wrong, and it contains violence, romance and some heart-warmingly managed ethical dilemmas . . . The pace is perfect; the style clean and transparent; the emotional manipulation, effective; and you can see the film from here. It will entertain many people.” – Times Literary Supplement (UK)

“Mark Gimenez writes colloquially smart dialogue but plots like an old master.” – The Australian

“Remember when John Grisham exploded on to the courtroom drama market with novels of breathtaking brilliance? Lightning just struck twice.” – The Daily Record (Scotland)

Top Ten of 2008—”We read lots of thrillers and they can tend to merge into one another. The Perk stood out by a mile as an excellent example of the genre and a stunning, well told tale in its own right. Gimenez’ stature continues to grow.” – (UK)

“Gimenez has written a startling, multilayered thriller in which complex characters and a fast-moving plot grab the reader immediately. Smart dialog and a spunky Gracie, who never loses her cool, make for a memorable read that twists and turns until the final, cinematic conclusion.” – Library Journal (starred review)

“First novelist Gimenez draws on his experience as an attorney in this taut legal thriller that echoes To Kill a Mockingbird. With fast-paced and edgy prose, dramatic tête-à-têtes between attorneys, and an explosive courtroom conclusion, Gimenez effectively weaves elements of race, class, and justice into a story of a lawyer who rediscovers the difference between doing good and doing well.” – Library Journal (starred review)

“Gimenez . . . delivers an authentically creepy debut novel. A big part of this thriller’s appeal is its moral backbone. . . . This is a well-calibrated contemporary morality play, set in get-rich-quick Dallas, with tours of country clubs and gated communities, and knowledgeable forays into Darwinian legal tactics. Gimenez also gives us a hateful character who becomes more sympathetic the more he fails. Fast-paced and thought-provoking fare.” – Booklist (starred review)

“The Color of Law is an unbeatable legal thriller with a lot of heart.” – Texas Monthly

“New author and former lawyer Mark Gimenez, a Texan, has written a riveting story about the corruption of the law. . . . Gimenez matches up to biggies like John Grisham and Scott Turow, with a thrilling tale of how the law actually works.” – Calgary Sun

” ‘The Color of Law’ is more than just a highly readable legal thriller. It’s also a blistering attack on both the legal profession and super-rich Texans in Dallas . . . It’s a tasty plot—big money, political intrigue, sexy wives, precocious little girls—but the novel would be a lot less fun without Gimenez’s scathing portrait of the city and its most powerful citizens.” – Washington Post


Mark Gimenez grew up in Galveston County, Texas, earned his law degree at Notre Dame, and was a partner in a major Dallas law firm. He now practices solo and writes. He lives in Texas. He is the author of seven books: The Color of Law, a finalist for the Thriller Award for Best First Novel, The Abduction, The Perk, The Common Lawyer, Accused, The Governor’s Wife, and Parts & Labor: The Adventures of Max Dugan, a children’s book.