The Shotgun Lawyer: a storm of everything I love in a book

The shotgun lawyer book review
The shotgun lawyer book review

What is this about?: Peter Game takes on the case of Melissa Bell, who wants to sue the gun manufacturers of the weapon that killed her son, Danny in a school shooting.

What else is this about?: Gun violence, and gun access, but it’s also but wonderful characterisation and characters that will draw you into this story.

Blurb

From the bestselling author of The Neon Lawyer comes a page-turning thriller about a scrappy lawyer and his fight for justice.

Personal injury attorney Peter Game has a reputation: cynical, untroubled by ethics, and willing to take any case, anytime, in his pursuit of the win. He dreams of a sweetheart score that’ll make his name and net him millions. Then comes the lightning rod: a school shooting just outside of Salt Lake City. His client: the devastated mother of one of the victims.

What she wants is understandable—just not simple: to sue the manufacturers of the automatic weapon used in the mass killing. Game’s opponent, brilliant lawyer Brennen Garvin, is the least of his problems: the entire legal system, influenced by decades of pressure from powerful gun lobbies, is stacked against him.

For Game, this is the case of a lifetime. He’s just not sure his trademark rules will work in his favor. And he’s not sure he wants them to. As Game’s lust for victory gives way to a hunger for justice, he could lose everything—or win back his soul.

The Shotgun Lawyer might be the best description of it doesn’t matter what the ending is, it’s the journey that matters.

And the journey to the ending is filled with some stellar characterisation, well-rounded characters and a court case that is about the most understandable I’ve read in a long time.

You know how legal thrillers can get way too complex?

Yeah, The Shotgun Lawyer isn’t like that. Victor Methos makes the legal part of legal thriller palatable and understandable, without dropping the reader into a sea of legalese.

In addition to this, are the characters you’re going to understand and relate to: Peter, who might be losing his 17-year-old son to his ex, who is manipulating him and trying to make Peter out to be the bad guy in their relationship, and who wants nothing more than to not just get buy – to get the big case and the payout.

Kelly who’s, his ex-fiance, and will help him on this case because she might not be over him, but she also has a wealth of reasons she wants to see this case through. Jake, his stoner lawyer friend, who’ll pull Peter’s ass out of a fire, but tell him the truth when he doesn’t want to hear it, and Craig, a Satanist, who is just about the most talented law student Peter has ever seen.

And then there’s Melissa: who is grieving her son, who doesn’t want money, but she wants the  gun company to pay for what they did (making an automatic weapon made for the army available to the public).

They’re an odd bunch of characters, but Methos draws them so well, that you can’t help but be drawn into their story.

It’s hard to explain the attraction of books like these – I mean, it’s a mix of characterisation, and a plot that speaks to me as a reader and a person really, all coming together in just the right way, that I couldn’t wait to dive back into this world, and to see what would happen next.

You know how with some books, things just work? And then you finish it and you get this sense of satisfaction like you get after a wonderful dinner and you just want to savour that feeling? That’s what this book was like. Honestly, if I remembered to put stars in my reviews, I’d give this 5.

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