Miami attorney Anton Mackey has a secret he's buried very deep but not deep enough. Ten years of hard work has brought him mostly success--a private practice, a big house, fancy cars, a beautiful wife and baby daughter. Things look even brighter when he collects a fat retainer from a new client, but the stroke of luck that Anton thinks will finally launch his dream life turns out to be his worst nightmare.
It's no secret that authors write what they know, and this certainly comes through with lawyer Eric Matheny's epic-length story, The Victim. We learn in painstaking detail, a day-in-the-life of a defense attorney. While I'm a huge fan of authenticity, there's a lot of legal jargon and justice system nuances to wade through in this book. The action and intrigue alone is enough to carry the story, and I feel it's a bit bogged down in details that a reader wouldn't necessarily need to know to enjoy this well-crafted plot!
Aside from that one teeny criticism, Matheny's polished writing style and sophisticated vocabulary are a pleasure to read. What I enjoyed most about this work is getting to know the main character Anton very, very well and totally understanding his motivations and how he grows and adapts while his predicament gets more and more complicated.
If you like courtroom drama, intricate and suspenseful plot lines and tasty wordsmithing, my verdict on The Victim is: Highly Recommended!!