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{April 22, 2013}   {Review} Atticus for the Undead by John Abramowitz (Hunter Gamble #1)

17342698From Goodreads: The next chapter in the struggle for equal rights begins!

Hunter Gamble is an idealistic young attorney in a very special area of the practice: arcane defense. Funded by enigmatic billionaire Charles McClain and aided by shy-but-energetic research attorney Kirsten Harper, he’s making the world a better place–one vampire, zombie, or werewolf client at a time. After all, they deserve their day in court too, right?

When a young zombie walks into Hunter’s office accused of murder (by brain-eating), Hunter’s idealism is tested as never before as he struggles to secure the man’s freedom. To do so, he must square off against a savvy and ambitious district attorney, contend with a judge who is deeply biased against arcanes, and stand up to a human-supremacist group which will stop at nothing–not even Hunter’s own death–to see his client convicted.

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This was a very interesting novel idea that takes a hypothetical look at the justice system and what might happen should an unveiling ever take place (aka. the fabled zombies, werewolves, vampires, witches, and the like admit their existence and turn out to be more than a figment of our imaginations).  In a world where the human is at the top of the world, Abramowitz brings forth our imagined adversaries and creates a world in which these Arcanes want to co-exist within the human spectrum.  But, as is true every time humanity comes upon a group or race it’s never seen or dealt with before, bigotry and hate crimes abound.

Hunter Gamble has had enough.  A lawyer for the Arcane defense, Hunter takes on the case of the “little people,” fighting back against injustice one witch, zombie, and vampire at a time.  When the case of a lifetime falls into his lap, Hunter struggles to do all in his power to bring justice to a Zombie who, for all intensive purposes, doesn’t want to hurt anyone, let alone his best friend in the world, who’s brain he’s been accused of eating.

I really liked Hunter.  He’s a bit strange, but he stands up for what he believes in, and I enjoyed getting to know him as a character.  Of course, I hated the bigots he was up against, and it was very interesting to see how Abramowitz’s story unfolded through the justice process.

While I’d say the beginning was a little bit slow, once the accusation against Sam took hold, I found myself really getting into the trial, though I could have done without the rather lengthy background information Abramowitz uses to set up the story.  In terms of the trial, I really liked the arguments presented by both defense and prosecutor, and Abramowitz did a great job fleshing out the case, especially with the arguments and red flags thrown around during the proceedings.  I did a have a few questions, though, such as why Sam, the Zombie accused of murder, was allowed to wander around free during his trial, especially when the jury was out deliberating.  That, along with the somewhat hurried ending had me scratching me head, made me take a step back from the awesomeness of the trial, but overall, it was a delightful, short read.  Three stars.

3 stars

I recieved a cpy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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