A grieving widower gets caught up in the politics of his Texas hometown when he returns to make peace with his father.
THE PERK was selected for BOOKS TO DIE FOR: THE WORLD'S GREATEST MYSTERY WRITERS ON THE WORLD'S GREATEST MYSTERY NOVELS, edited by John Connolly and Declan Burke
No. 6, Ireland
No. 11, Australia
No. 17, UK
"Remember when John Grisham exploded on to the courtroom drama market with novels of breathtaking brilliance? Lightning just struck twice."
- The Daily Record (Scotland)
"Gimenez returns to the complex legal thrillers where he seems to be at his best. The Perk has mystery, humour and history along with well-drawn characters that the reader will actually care about. As is often the case in legal thrillers, there is a mix of those characters that take the moral high ground and those who seem just out for their own good. Unusually, there are also a few comic and slightly caricatured figures here as well—but they all fit well together in the plot. Together with great characters and a strong plot there is also lots of interesting historical information. The ending may not be what is expected but it is all the better for it and proves to be a good finish to an excellent book. As ever, Gimenez is highly recommended, impossible to put down and definitely not to be missed." - CrimeSquad.com (UK)
"Just as well I started The Perk on the weekend, as I couldn't put down this book. . . . This one's a cracker—neatly woven subplots, a taut thriller and a wonderfully current statement on American popular culture. And yes, Gimenez may possibly be the next Grisham."
- Kerre's Book Reviews (UK)
“Gimenez fills the John Grisham hole in the legal-thriller genre so well there may be no room left for Grisham.”
– The Sunday Times (Perth)
"Gimenez's novels are gripping, intense thrillers. Guaranteed to keep you up well into the night, The Perk is an exceptionally well crafted novel, populated by a cast of characters that are realistically-drawn and appealing. As always, thought-provoking, intelligent, and addictive. Highly recommended."
- Civilian-Reader (UK)
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." - CrimeSquad.com (UK)
Customer ReviewsSee All
This book was so good! I had to force myself to put it down when I had something I had to do! Start to finish, it kept me hooked! Made me feel like I knew the characters. Could hardly wait to find out what was going to happen to them next! Loved it!
This is the 5th of Mark's books I have read and, so far, it has been the best. As a native
Texan, his characters here are authentic folks reflected in people I have known personally. Great read start to finish.
The characterization is excellent. Hated to finish the book because the characters felt like old friends. An interesting, quick read with lots of unexpected twists.