Adam Lee, the suspect, has his part of the sto A wealthy woman is killed and all signs point to her mentally disturbed son. Adam Lee, the suspect, has his part of the story told in the first person while the rest is told in the third person, primarily from the point of view of Leo Hewitt.
This works to Jerkins' advantage. While I was pretty sure what was going on from the beginning, he had me doubting myself quite a few times. The characters were well drawn, in my opinion. Leo's desire to regain his lost position was fairly powerful. Monty Lee seemed like a douchebag attourney and Paula's drive to get to the top was also pretty convincing. Adam Lee, the conflicted suspect, was both sympathetic and repugnant at the same time. Plumbing his past was good for some foreshadowing of the future. The story was a page turner. I kept waiting for pieces of evidence to surface or be tossed out.
I thought I knew what the final twist was going to be but I wound up being off by a few degrees. While this book didn't change my views on legal thrillers, it was definitely worth a few hours of reading. Recommended for when you need a quick read with some twists. View all 3 comments.
Jan 04, Ellie rated it liked it Shelves: A Very Simple Crime by Grant Jerkins was a well-paced, well-written detective story with a satisfying plot, interesting characters, and just enough twists to keep the reader's interest alert. Adam and his brother Monty are close, in that terminally ambivalent way that brothers so often seem to be. Orphaned at an early age, Adam looks to Monty for protection and Monty plays the sophisticated elder brother role well. A successful criminal attorney, Monty loses himself in both the law and the pleasu A Very Simple Crime by Grant Jerkins was a well-paced, well-written detective story with a satisfying plot, interesting characters, and just enough twists to keep the reader's interest alert.
A successful criminal attorney, Monty loses himself in both the law and the pleasures offered by many women. Adam, on the other hand, has married once and stayed loyal to his wife, a woman who mental state was fragile to begin with and deteriorates badly after their son is discovered to be developmentally disabled.
Devoting her life to her son, she is able to help him become functional beyond the imaginings of any of the doctors who first diagnosed him. Sadly, she cannot prevent him from having explosive outburst as a teen that lead to his injury of her, long-term hospitalization and finally, in the course of an argument with a roommate, an episode of violence that ends any hope of "normalization" for him or his mother who withdraws into complete reclusiveness.
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Upon the death of his wife's father, Adam is left extremely wealthy but imprisoned within his wife increasingly psychotic love. Parallel to this story is that of the Assistant Deputy Prosecuting Attorney: By insisting on behaving with integrity, Leo has destroyed his career as well as allowing a child murderer to go free long enough to murder another child. Adam is looking for one last chance at freedom. Leo is looking for one last chance at redemption. The two are set on a collision course. For all who enjoy well-written crime fiction, desperate family drama, political maneuverings and the quest for-along with the possible sacrifice of-justice.
Aug 20, James Thane rated it liked it Shelves: Adam Lee, a businessman who has not entirely outgrown his troubled childhood, is on trial for the murder of his wife. He claims that he loved his wife and that he is innocent. He insists that, tragically, his wife was killed by their mentally ill son, Albert, who was home on a visit from the institution where he is normally committed.
Adam is represented by his older brother, Monty, a handsome and successful lawyer, whom Adam has always worshipped. Initially, the authorities had also concluded th Adam Lee, a businessman who has not entirely outgrown his troubled childhood, is on trial for the murder of his wife. Initially, the authorities had also concluded that Rachel, Adam's wife, was killed by their son.
Adam is on trial only because of the efforts of Leo Hewitt.
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Leo once had a great career in the prosecutor's office until he was blamed for allowing a child killer to go free. He has since been reduced to the lowest rungs of the prosecutor's office and is desperate to redeem himself. He refuses to believe Adam's account of the events surrounding Rachel's death and doggedly pursues the case until charges are filed against Adam.
This is a very dark, well-written and cleverly-plotted novel, which grabs your attention in spite of the fact that the two main protagonists, Adam and Leo, are both amazingly unsympathetic characters. There is really no one you want to root for in this book and yet you can't stop turning the pages. The book should appeal to all fans of noir-inspired crime fiction. View all 7 comments. Jan 05, Jamie rated it liked it Shelves: An interesting yet crude book.
The book focuses primarily on a man named Adam Lee.
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He married a woman who has serious psychological issues. They have a son with mental issues who spends several years in an institution for violence. One weekend he takes his son home from the institution for a weekend at home. That same weekend he leaves on an affair getaway. When he returns, his wife is found dead.
Adam turns to his brother, Monty, for his legal help as a lawyer. Monty then involves another attor An interesting yet crude book. Monty then involves another attorney, a has-been who let a murderer go free once. From there we have our two main suspects, The son and Adam. One thing I must say is that every character in this book has serious issues. Some more than others. The book is written primarily in from a first person perspective from Adam.
I liked the perspective but hated the character from early on. Too many issues of his own, let alone his wife and kid. The book does have you guessing some at who the murderer is which was good.
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What I didn't care for was the crude style of writing. From language, to sex to how every male in the book views woman as crap basically. So the book had its good and bad. I won this book free as a First Reads Giveaway on Goodreads. Jun 11, Charlene Intriago rated it really liked it Shelves: I picked this up today and could not put it down.
I can't remember the last time I read a book in one sitting, but it is an easy and quick read. You might think it's an open and shut case, but nothing is ever what it seems especially when the lawyers are presenting the "facts". I love these "who done its" especially when the author keeps you guessing till the end. Jun 12, Jeanette rated it liked it. This book is simple to stark in style. Exceedingly spare prose of short clipped sentences and an easy read of under 2 hours for me. There are no characters that I would want to know or converse with or meet in happenstance in real life within this entire novel.
And the base of relationship is negative manipulation and disdain of superiority to a grovelling patsy or a psychotic toady. You will get no cozy or feel good vibes from this book. There are trial scenes and they set the stage f This book is simple to stark in style. There are trial scenes and they set the stage for the ultimate reveal.
The conclusion made sense and was a 4 star. Not particularly liking the style of writing or the world these characters lived, nor connecting to it- I stretched to give the whole a 3. Oct 11, Rich Stoehr rated it really liked it Shelves: Every crime tells a story - especially murder.
The motivations, the events, the hidden desires A Very Simple Crime tells just such a story, one that seems all too familiar. A man trapped in a marriage and a life he doesn't want, looking for a way out. He goes away for a weekend with a lover and returns to find his wife dead, and his disabled son traumatized. It seems simple, at first. What keeps Grant Jerkins' tale of murder mo Every crime tells a story - especially murder.
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What keeps Grant Jerkins' tale of murder moving is smart shifts in perspective and a well-paced plot. The story begins with Adam Lee, the husband, detailing his life and his attempts to get away from it. Just as his story seems to be reaching a critical point, the perspective shifts to Leo Hewitt, a prosecuting attorney whose career is stalled and who sees an opportunity to make a new name for himself. Though the answers seems obvious to others on the case, he pursues it with determination.
He looks under the covers and in the closets and finds buried secrets and hidden lives. But is what he finds real? Or is he trying so hard that he's telling a new story for his own gain? A Very Simple Crime is not a perfect book. Some of the characters are a little flat and some of the plot developments are a little hard to buy into. But these are minor failings and Jerkins still succeeds admirably in showing the complex, multilayered mystery of a murder that reaches deep into the psyche of the murderer.
A Very Simple Crime takes the crime story to a new level, with the understanding that telling the story of a murder requires some inspiration and even invention for the person telling it. Whether that person is the murderer or the one investigating the murder, the story is a little different for everyone. Even what seems a simple crime has complex and unexpected roots, for everyone involved.
Nov 05, Chris Wolak rated it really liked it. Enjoyed this book, and enjoy it more as it continues to play around in my mind. The writing is deceptively simple. Take my advice and pay attention to the details as you're reading. If the beginning is a little slow or hard to get into, stick with it. It's one of those thrillers that starts with some short chapters that leave you wondering what the heck is going on, but you quickly Enjoyed this book, and enjoy it more as it continues to play around in my mind. It's one of those thrillers that starts with some short chapters that leave you wondering what the heck is going on, but you quickly get drawn into the story and when you think you know what's going on that's when you really don't know what's going on.
A Very Simple Crime is the story of Adam Lee, a man who was orphaned at a young age and, along with his older brother Monty, is sent to live with his mother's sister's family. Adam is a man who seems to have skimmed along the surface of life, not living very deeply. His older brother Monty is one of the most successful criminal defense lawyers in the Atlanta area and a handsome womanizer who seems to have it all.
Adam has worshiped Monty since the two brothers were boys. Adam marries Rachel, a mentally disturbed woman who is the sole heir to her wealthy father's fortunes. They have a child, Albert, who is mentally handicapped. Adam gets a job in his father-in-law's firm and is initially a competent, proficient worker. During his son's childhood, however, he starts to throw himself into his work and is surprised that he becomes successful.
Eventually it becomes obvious that Albert needs to be institutionalized after he hits his mother in the head with an ashtray, hard enough that she is hospitalized. At first Adam and Rachel visit Albert regularly, but then Rachel's own mental illness intensifies and the visits dwindle. Adam seems trapped in his sick marriage. When Rachel is found dead and obviously murdered, is seems a simple conclusion can be drawn that Albert, the son, did it.
He was home visiting his mother that weekend. Enter Leo Hewitt, a junior deputy prosecutor whose once stellar career is now in shambles after being blamed for releasing a suspected child murder who was later caught red-handed. Leo is prompted to dig into this new crime. The authorities were going to consider the murder an open and closed case.
But Leo finds some damning evidence. Dark history between Adam and Monty comes to light. Did Adam do it? He's claimed all along that he loved his wife To occupy his wife while he sneaks away with his mistress for the weekend Adam brings Albert home from the institution for a visit. Upon his return home from the tryst, however, he finds Rachel dead and Albert nearly nearly catatonic, rocking back and forth in a corner of the room. And, if possible, it gets even darker. Assistant Prosecutor Leo Hewitt is a man with some hefty baggage of his own. Back where we started, with Adam on trial, finds Adam in the company of the one bright spot in his life, his older brother Monty.
Every time you think you know where things are headed and what a character is about, Jerkins throws in another twist that leaves you shaking your head at its diabolical cleverness. This is not, however, a book for the faint of heart or those easily offended. There are very graphic descriptions of both sex and violence, and virtually every character in the book is hiding something, working some angle, or trying to manipulate the people around them. Every layer of their apparent normalcy is mercilessly peeled back to reveal the deeply damaged and delusional personalities hiding, sometimes not so deeply, underneath.
These are not pretty people, but they are endlessly fascinating. A Very Simple Crime is a very impressive debut. It wasn't that good. The basic storyline is that Disgusting book; hand job of an institutionalized mentally disabled person in the first 50 pages. Beyond that, there is apparently an historic back story which is too oblique to comprehend. Did not finish it.