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Official Review: Runner by Skye Nichols

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Official Review: Runner by Skye Nichols

Post Number:#1 by e-tasana-williams
» 19 Apr 2017, 20:43

[Following is an official review of "Runner" by Skye Nichols.]

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3 out of 4 stars
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Jason Harman is a competent, experienced New Jersey trial attorney. He knows the law forward and backward, but has poor judgement when choosing business associates. Due to his generous and trusting nature he becomes involved with the worst kind of people--people motivated only by greed regardless of who gets hurt and how. In the novel Runner, author Skye Nichols presents a credible case study of what can happen when people tasked with upholding the law become the criminals. Jason and his wife Elizabeth find themselves tangled in a complex web of deceit and malice. Whether they are able to escape it forms the body of this complex legal novel.

Set in Washington, New Jersey, New York and Washington, DC, Runner follows the circuitous path required of Jake as he works the biggest case of his career. Stretching over the course of 17 years, the majority of the plot involves Jason's connection to Daniel Bellotti and Joseph Blasi, two lawyers far less competent and far greedier than Jason is. This connection ends up affecting all aspects of Jason and Elizabeth's lives, even their relationships with family members and friends.

Readers who enjoy legal drama will like Runner. Ms. Nichols' intimate knowledge of the legal system is clear in her descriptions of the intricacies involved in preparing and trying cases before a jury. This book gives me an appreciation of the tangled nature of the relationships between lawyers and clients, and between members of legal counsel. Readers looking for a simpler, linear tale may choose another novel. Runner is a multi-branched story that takes its audience across the country and back, and forward and backward in time as the plot unfolds.

At times the book requires diligence to get through. Several passages appear to be repeated. Upon closer inspection, the passages are not identical, but just slightly different, stressing the specificity required in legal documentation. Even with this occasional difficulty, Runner is an enjoyable novel.

I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. Runner is intriguing, the situations are realistic and there are less than a handful of grammatical errors. Runner would have received a higher rating from me had the writing style been more engaging. The parts describing litigation were afforded credibility due to the legal terminology and specificity included. The dialogue between characters and the descriptions of the non-legal events in the story, however, would have been more enjoyable had the language describing them been more like a novel and less like a legal document.

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Re: Official Review: Runner by Skye Nichols

Post Number:#2 by Amagine
» 21 Apr 2017, 12:12

The fact that it is a legal drama makes it sound interesting. It can also be an educational read to anyone who doesn't know about laws and the legal system.

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Post Number:#3 by kandscreeley
» 21 Apr 2017, 13:06

I do like the sounds of this story. It is interesting the fine line that lawyers must sometimes walk. I can imagine it would be easy to get caught up in something. Due to all the legalese, though, I doubt I will pick this one up. Thanks!
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Post Number:#4 by Kitkat3
» 21 Apr 2017, 20:34

I don't think that this would hold my attention because the language is like a "legal document." It does sound like a cool idea for a book though. I just don't think that I'm interested in a legal novel right now. Thanks for the review.
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Post Number:#5 by Shreyoshi Sen
» 21 Apr 2017, 22:20

Excellent review! Loved your thoroughness. I don't think I will be reading this as I am not that much interested in such books.
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Post Number:#6 by Chrys Brobbey
» 24 Apr 2017, 19:37

Yes, indeed, some people are motivated only by greed, regardless of who gets hurt and how. If this book helps prick the conscience of such people, that will be good. I hope in the end good Jason and Elizabeth triumphed over the crooked other two lawyers. But life is not always fair that way.
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