Monday, November 26, 2018

Book Review: 'And Justice?' by Kenneth Eade

Kenneth Eade may be best known to readers as the author of ’Bless the Bees: The Pending Extinction of our Pollinators and What We Can Do To Stop It, and A Bee, See: Who Are Our Pollinators and Why Are They In Trouble? - two superlative books about his concern for our environment, a topic he takes to the top level in his superb books. Eade is an international business lawyer, based in Los Angeles, specializing in international law, Internet Law, appeals and complex litigation. He is a member of the Bar of California, the federal District Court for the Central District of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. He holds a Juris Doctor in Law from Southwestern University School of Law, and a B.A. in Liberal Studies from California State University, Northridge. He is also an accomplished filmmaker and a freelance writer for the Los Angeles Daily Journal as well as an environmentalist.

What most readers who hear the name of Kenneth Eade now think about is the name Brent Marks – a very special breed of Perry Mason cum Jason Bourne cum Jack Ryan et al – men who face tough action with skill and finesse. Eade bring back his established character Brent Marks (Marks is the Americanization of his true last name, Marquez, which indicates the flavor of this potentially controversial book), the lawyer who yearns for cases more interesting that those assigned to a `poor man's lawyer.' And once again he is in top form as he uses his ‘created lawyer’ Brent Marks (this is Book 11 in that series!) to demonstrate the very current controversy of environmental challenges we face.

Perhaps it is the fact that Eade is an accomplished lawyer that he presents his story to the reader thus: ‘Everything in life has a yin and yang – an interconnected, complementary and opposite force. Just as we need the light to distinguish it from the dark, we recognize injustice in the world demands justice to provide a balance. True justice does exist, but is not meted out in our courts of law. In fact, many injustices never see the inside of a courtroom; never find their way onto the weighing pan of the so-called “scales of justice.” In the United States, we have a Constitution, and within that Constitution a “Bill of Rights,” which many mistakenly refer to as our “constitutional rights.” When the framers of the Constitution drafted this “Bill of Rights” they did not intend to grant any rights at all. They were simply recognizing that these rights are among certain inalienable rights that each human being on earth has, and these rights are guaranteed – they cannot be taken away by the government or anyone acting on its behalf. In modern society, where people’s guaranteed rights get trampled on a daily basis, sometimes we need a champion to enforce the guarantees. They’re called lawyers, and they’re not free, unless you have had the misfortune of being charged of a crime. Then, the government will give you a lawyer paid for by the taxpayers’ money to plead you guilty. Other times, you have something the government wants and it doesn’t hesitate to crap all over your rights to get it. And sometimes, you find yourself sandwiched into both situations.’

Given that entre we enter this latest excellent installment in the Brent Marks thrillers ‘A civil rights case for justice turns to murder. The city has been tormenting Pastor Louis LeRoy for years, prohibiting him from selling second hand furniture at garage sales to raise money for the poor, and harassing him for violating their landscaping and storage ordinances. This culminates in a raid by code enforcement officials and police, where LeRoy is removed from his own home by gunpoint. Lawyer Brent Marks takes on his civil rights case, and LeRoy is subsequently accused or murdering a city councilman.’

How Ken can continue to create such spellbinding dramas that are so cogent to our times can only be explained by the fact that Kenneth Eads remains in the premiere circle of suspense/thriller authors of our time. Highly recommended on many levels Grady Harp, April 17

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