by Robert M. Brown, Jr.
Great Little Books, LLC (May 1, 2010)
The sudden, inexplicable death of a senior partner at Wall Street's oldest and most prestigious law firm sparks an improbable chain reaction that rapidly includes the framing of a murder suspect, a relentless national manhunt, a shocking attempt to gain control of the U.S. Supreme Court and the uncovering of a covert labyrinth of deadly political decisions along the way.
Set against a fermenting backdrop of political and moral corruption that starts beneath the lone star of the Texas capitol building and stretches all the way to the office of the President of the United States itself, Robert M. Brown Jr.'s frighteningly plausible, lightning-paced thriller reveals an alarming and chilling vision of a theocratic United States of America that is just one decision short of becoming reality. One disturbing question remains, however - whose decision will it be?
It has been a long time since I took the opportunity to read a political and legal thriller and I was not disappointed by The Longbridge Decision. Brown created a smart and exciting read, that offered a broad range of authentic characters - some that you could cheer for and some that you despised.
The storyline was reminiscent of John Grisham's Pelican Brief and The Firm, but it had its own unique twist that made it very enjoyable. I was particularly impressed with the development of character Tyler Wadill - a rich, smart, good looking, All-American from Virginia with enough political connections to secure a clerkship with a Supreme Court Justice, and then end up at one of New York's most successful legal firms. It was his past however that was the most intriguing part of the story. I enjoyed the way that the author wove Tyler's memories of Kara into the novel and used them to shape the way that Tyler related to Mayson.
The motivations of the politically-connected Seth Harrington, who was the religious leader of an organization aimed at sparking a Renaissance of faith in the United States, were drastic, scary and as the description noted "frighteningly plausible." I only hope that the machine of politics in Washington would never allow a conspiracy similar to the one that was described in The Longbridge Decision.
I recommend this book for anyone who likes a good thriller with a touch of the legal system and politics mingled in.
I received a copy of this book for review from the Publisher via Bostick Communications
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