The Neon Lawyer Book reviews


Author(s): Victor MethosDownload  


With money and hope in short supply, newly minted attorney Brigham Theodore decides it’s time to lower his standards. He joins a seedy fly-by-night firm in Salt Lake City out of desperation. After he loses his first case—a speeding ticket—he’s convinced his career is over. But to his shock, his boss hands him a slightly more complex case: capital murder.Brigham’s new client is Amanda Pierce, a lost, exhausted woman who gunned down the man who tortured and killed her six-year-old daughter. A jury may prove sympathetic to her unbearable pain, but the law is no fan of vigilante justice—and neither is Vince Dale, the slick and powerful prosecutor who’s never lost a murder case. There’s no question that Amanda pulled the trigger—she did it in front of five witnesses. If she pleads guilty, she will avoid a death sentence, but saving her life this way comes with an admission that what she did was wrong. However, if she refuses the “guilty” label, Brigham will have no choice but to fight for his career—and Amanda’s life.

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Donna rated it      

I decided to read this book for two reasons. First, Amazon had the kindle and audio versions free for Prime members. Second, the audio narrator was Nick Podehl who is incredible! I’ve listened to several audio books that he has narrated and I literally think he could read the phone book, and give each name a completely different accent to make it enjoyable for the listener.

The book itself was great as well! The story line starts out dark, and you just know what terrible evil is about to happen. That was the only moment where I thought I may not like this book. From there, Victor Methos introduces us to the main character, Brigham Theodore (cool name huh?), who is a newly graduated Utah lawyer. Brigham is given a capital murder case, although the only case he has ever tried was for a speeding ticket. His client’s life is resting in his hands. We are taken through the life of Brigham, but also the emotions and mental anguish of his client Amanda Pierce who is on trial for killing the man that murdered her 6-year old daughter. The way Victor Methos displays Amanda to us makes her so very real. I could feel what she was feeling and was forced to shed some tears along the way.

This books also points out several injustices in the legal system. I don’t know enough about the law to know if every detail was accurate, but for a fiction novel it seemed very believable. Also, this book is not a long read. It is the first book in a series, and can be read as a standalone, and the book ends without any cliff hangers.


Bob rated it     

Pretty Good Legal Thriller!

The Neon Lawyer is the first of the three books in Victor Methos’s Neon Lawyer series, and it is the first legal thriller by him that I have read. Without describing this book’s plot, which can be read about in the Goodreads and Amazon Book Description, I’ll just say that I found it to be one of the more entertaining legal thrillers that I’ve read in a while; and, as a result of my enjoyment, I’ve obtained the two other books in this series — Mercy and The Shotgun Lawyer.

My enjoyment of The Neon Lawyer is attributable to the following factors– it grabs your attention from the first page and maintains it throughout; it’s main character — lawyer Brigham Thomas, fresh from passing the Bar exam, is a likable and pretty well developed character; its secondary characters are serviceable and credible enough to move the plot along at a brisk pace; at only 143 pages in the ePub version I read, Methos doesn’t pack the book with “filler” just to build up the book’s length; and the courtroom trial creates enough suspense to keep your “fingers flying through the pages.”

With the above being said, I deducted one star from my rating because I felt I had to suspend disbelief in order to accept the fact that such an inexperienced lawyer would be made the lead lawyer in a high profile murder case; and then to believe that this “newbie” would be able to demonstrate such a high level of “courtroom skills”.

Despite what I perceived to be the book’s minor limitations, I’d recommend The Neon Lawyer to anyone interested in a quick and entertaining legal thriller.


Thomas rated it      

This story is based on a real case. For those unwilling or uncomfortable reading about what happened to a child that was abducted and murdered, and the actions her mom took for Justice. This is not a story you will enjoy. Although the book focuses more on the defense trail than anything else.

Brigham Theodore is a newly minted lawyer, who on the second day of having his license is hired by a law firm next to a bail bondsman. When Brigham shows ingenuity on his first ever case, (a traffic ticket.) He is given a case for aggravated murder.

Amanda Pierce is accused of murdering the man who abducted and killed her 6-year-old daughter, Tabitha Pierce. Among other things he had done to her. Brigham wants to defend her case while other lawyers in the firm wants him to have her plead.

This is an extremely well written story with defined characters, with a look into the legal system that you rarely get to see, and written with a dry sense of humor. It is obvious that Victor Methos uses his legal expertise to great advantage in writing this book. He is a partner in a law firm he founded and has been fighting for the rights of the individual against the state for over a decade as a criminal defense lawyer who has conducted over 100 criminal trials and has been voted one of the most respected criminal lawyers in the West by Utah Business Magazine.


Mindo’ermatter rated it     

Short, Fun Read, You’ll Want to Finish Quickly!

Struggled with the first several chapters to makes sense of things, but then the story took off quickly to a fast, suspenseful, and satisfactory end. Wow!

A brand-new lawyer get his first job with a strange law firm, and then gets a major case before he’s ready. That’s when the drama begins, and you won’t want to stop. Yikes!

Based on a true experience by the author that will break yourcheart, this disguised storyline will have you guessing all the way to the end. This legal procedural wisely emphasizes the big picture, creating an engaging plot with many surprises and twists.

I almost stopped reading because the first several chapters diverted down some questionable situations with more crassness than I like. However, my appreciation of some other works by this author kept me going. I was not disappointed with the rest of the book.

The major characters were developed well, especially for a short novel, making the author’s storytelling come to life with tense and believable events.

Loved the drama-added Audible narration with it’s pacing and developed personality portrayals, making it an even more enjoyable escape read. Although this was the first of a two-part series this book is a great standalone too.

I’ll definitely read more by this author!

Bonnye Reed

Bonnye Reed rated it      

GAB The Neon Lawyer is an excellent read, tight and fast and holding your interest all the way through. Brigham Theodore is a well rounded character, his law degree and passing of the Utah bar still rather warm in hand, with lot’s of charm and drive. You will not be disappointed in joining him through his first capital case. Nor will you find it hard to sympathize with Amanda. A Wounded Warrior who lost one leg in Afghanistan, divorced single parent, minimum wage earner – Amanda is a woman doing the best she can to raise her daughter in an uncaring world.

About half of my enjoyment of this novel involved the what it is missing – there are no extended scenes involving blood and gore and sex and bad language, no frantic car chases through Salt Lake City, no six syllable words that require a thesaurus. Yet this is probably the most heart wrenching book I have read this year.

Victor Methos is a lawyer, a prolific author and an all-around nice guy. I can’t wait to read #2.


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