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Reviewed by Sheena Monnin for Readers' Favorite
Uptown Lawyer: A Study of Criminal Law in the Real World by R.L. Collins provides a detailed and interesting look into the fictionalized daily life of a successful attorney, his team, and the cases he represents. Set in California, Uptown Lawyer brings to light some of the daily struggles attorneys encounter when going head-to-head against politicians, local citizens with wealth, and local citizens who have fame attached to their name. The author gives the main character in this story an incredible perspective with each case the attorney takes on: be truthful. The author then goes on to demonstrate why being completely honest is beneficial to the case in the long run. This book mixes technical accuracy and the processes of law with engaging content and dialogue that make for a very pleasant read.
One of my favorite aspects of Uptown Lawyer: A Study of Criminal Law in the Real World is how candidly R.L. Collins writes his characters. The reader can see each character and feel like they know the character only a few chapters into the book. Each client's case that comes up in the story is different from other cases the author writes about in preceding and subsequent chapters, which gives the reader a broad and intriguing peek into how many types of cases are handled. The author skillfully takes the reader along for the ride of interviewing a client, preparation and research, teamwork, and, ultimately, representing the client. I appreciate the candor, wit, and charm of Uptown Lawyer. This enjoyable book is sure to please readers who are both familiar with the law and those who have no experience of what transpires in the courtroom.