Information about the Book
Title: Defense of an Other
Author: Grace Mead
Release Date: 13th November 2018
Genre: Legal Thriller
Page Count: 312
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42328283-defense-of-an-other
Synopsis: Defense of an Other begins in the French Quarter with a day in the life of a young lawyer named Matt Durant gone horribly awry. After a few beers, Matt works up the courage to visit a gay bar, where he meets a stranger named Joey Buckner. When Matt and Joey duck into an alley behind the bar to take a leak, three drunks target them for a hate crime and beat up Joey, which forces Matt to attack and kill one of the men. Matt is then arrested for murder, thrown in Orleans Parish Prison and calls his boss for help, forcing him out of the closet. The novel then follows the course of his trial and explores its consequences.
Review: I agreed to read this book because I enjoy stories about trials/lawyers. However, this turned out to be so much more than that. It was an eye-opening look at how sexual orientation can still be a factor in the justice system. I would suggest that everyone who reads the book also read through the questions at the end and answer them to see what you learn about yourself along the way--and then check out some of the recommended resources as well.
I would have to say this is one of the best books I have read this year.
Rating: Four stars
About the author
Grace is a practicing lawyer born and raised in Louisiana who graduated from Dartmouth College and then became the Editor-in-Chief of The University of Chicago Law Review. Her 17-year career has included a one-year clerkship for the appellate court with jurisdiction over Louisiana federal trial courts and 16 years of civil litigation.