A Minor Fall by Price Ainsworth

Last Updated on November 25, 2023 by ellen

This week, I spent some time reading A Minor Fall by Price Ainsworth. With the weather cooling down, I enjoy spending time each afternoon with a good book and a cup of herbal tea.  I enjoy legal thrillers although I hadn’t read a book by Price Ainsworth before. After checking, I learned that this is his first fiction book.

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A Minor Fall by Price Ainsworth [Legal Thriller]A Minor Fall by Price Ainsworth

Sullivan is a brilliant lawyer. His undeniable gift for delivering an elegant turn of phrase, coupled with his bon vivant lifestyle, make him the center of attention wherever he goes. He’s a man of the world who travels through life with a near-mystifying facility. His charisma, command, and poise make him a role model for everything that an aspiring attorney should want in life. At least in the impressionable young minds of the junior associates who are all too willing to overlook his glaring flaws. Is Davy Jessie also about to fall under his hypnotic spell?

As Jessies orbit draws nearer to Sullivan’s shining star, the inalterable forces of tragedy are set in motion. The two men will ultimately be set at odds while Jessie’s family, career, and life careen into a downward spiral.

A Minor Fall is a frightening, sometimes humorous, account of the emotional and moral paralysis that beset this well-intentioned young man when he is called upon to account for his actions and make a difficult decision. As the story unfolds, the book also contemplates such existential matters as the nature of law, the existence of God, and the virtues of single malt scotch.

About the Author

Price Ainsworth is a trial lawyer in Austin, Texas. A graduate of Texas Tech University (summa cum laude 1981) and The University of Texas School of Law (1984), he has been practicing law for more than 30 years. He primarily represents personal injury clients. And, he has been Board Certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1991. He has been consistently recognized as a Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine beginning in 2003. Mr. Ainsworth is an Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates.

While he has co-authored numerous law journal articles and frequently presents papers he has written at continuing legal education conferences and seminars, The Minor Fall is his first foray into published fiction. He and his wife of 27 years have two adult sons that visit them on occasion and an old bird dog whose eyesight is fading but whose nose is still strong enough to find her food bowl.

My thoughts

Davy has a life that seems to be perfect. He has a beautiful wife and a fantastic job as a lawyer. He’s married to the daughter of one of the partners in his law firm and everyone envies him. He makes a great salary and seems to have everything going for him. Of course, like in real life, he thinks that the grass is greener in someone else’s yard and makes a horrible mistake that impacts his entire life.

I enjoyed not only the inside look at the legal system through the eyes of an attorney but also the personal journey that Davy was going through. Sometimes, young and successful people feel like the world is theirs and they aren’t accountable for their actions. Davy learns that he is responsible for his decisions and that they can have more of an impact than he realizes as he struggles to deal with depression and the possible break up of his marriage.

This is a great read for anyone that enjoys legal fiction. Buy it now.

2 thoughts on “A Minor Fall by Price Ainsworth

  1. I also love legal thrillers and am reading Law and Vengeance by Mike Papantonio. I love reading a hard back book for one, and taking my time. I was a paralegal for a short time and do not regret staying in that profession. Better to read about it and this one looks good as well.

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