Thursday, October 19, 2017

Book Review: 'Carlos the Ant' by John Ellsworth

Mexico author John Ellsworth, born in Arizona, lived in Illinois for thirty years defended criminal clients across the US. His debut book was THE DEFENDANTS and now from his home in Ensenada Mexico he is writing his MICHAEL GRESHAM Series, of which this is Book 4. His other books include The Thaddeus Murfee Legal Thriller series – The Defendants, Beyond a Reasonable Death, Attorney at Large, Chase, the Bad Baby, Defending Turquoise, The Mental Case, Unspeakable Prayers, The Girl Who Wrote The NY Times Bestseller, The Trial Lawyer, and The Near Death Experience; Sisters In Law Series - Frat Party, Hellfire; and Michael Gresham Series!

Because this is Book 4 in a series, John lets us get to know Michael Gresham in his Prologue with Michael Gresham performing in court – ‘It was my third trial in the month of August and I was truly exhausted. Plus the stuff with Danny, my wife, was dragging me down. She was living apart from me and our kids because the stress of being part of our family had become too much for her. Plus, my investigator, Marcel, was on hiatus in Europe, visiting his mother and paying his respects at his father's grave. It felt like my right hand was missing; and maybe it was, with Marcel away. There were nights I would lie in my bed wondering how different my life would have been if I'd gone to medical school instead of law school. I had been accepted to both, with a major in economics and a second major in biology. But I'd chosen law school because it was only three years, and medicine looked no less than nine years away. Staring at the ceiling, I asked myself what the big damn rush had been to get out of school? The angst of youth, I decided.’ So we have a clue about Michael and the story proceeds.

John offers a sound synopsis – ‘Carlos has a sick daughter and needs money. He's also an upstanding citizen who pays his taxes, puts in his forty hours, doesn't drink and carouse, and loves his wife. Still...he has nowhere else to turn. So Carlos gets money the old-fashioned way--he robs banks. The money comes pouring in but then a new man joins the crew and everything tumbles downhill. Criminal charges for armed robbery are brought against Carlos in several states and he needs a heavy hitter to defend him. Carlos calls Michael Gresham for help and the lawyer comes to his aid. But it is going to be the meanest case of Michael's career, as the prosecutor is a woman who means to jab the death needle in Carlos' arm and watch him die. And she has the legal chops to do just that. But she has problems of her own--legal problems, big ones.
Full of bank robberies and courtroom action, this novel is sure to satisfy even the most ardent Michael Gresham fan as the trial lawyer walks into a courtroom where the toughest district attorney and the guiltiest client on the West Coast await him.’

This is the first John Ellsworth novel this reader has explored. It is so convincingly written – not only the spot on legal aspects, but also the fascinating characters he paints and involves in his complex plot – that it serves as a fine aperitif for his output. This man writes very well indeed. Grady Harp, October 16
This book is free on Kindle Unimited

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