The Substitution Order

The Substitution Order

From Martin Clark--praised by Entertainment Weekly as "our best legal-thriller writer"--comes a wickedly clever, tenderhearted, and intricately plotted novel about a hard-luck lawyer's refusal to concede defeat, even as fate, the court system, and a gang of untouchable con artists conspire against him. Kevin Moore, once a high-flying Virginia attorney, hits rock bottom afte From Martin Clark--praised by Entertainment Weekly as "our best legal-thriller writer"--comes a wickedly clever, tend...

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Title:The Substitution Order
Author:Martin Clark
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0525656324
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

The Substitution Order Reviews

  • Fifi
    Aug 02, 2019
    A treat I didn?t want to read it, but turned out loving it. Very well thought out made me laugh out loud near the end. ...
  • Deana
    Jul 10, 2019
    I enjoy the twists and turns in this book and wondering how in the world Kevin will get out from under all this. I love the letter from WWII though that reminds us just how dire life really could be. And most of all I love that there is a dog, Nelson. ...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Aug 25, 2019
    Latest from a favorite author -- often compared to John Gresham as they both have law degrees (well, Gresham's popularity as an author made it unnecessary for him to pursue a career in law), Clark has had more hands-on experience and took up penning excellent thrillers after retiring f...
  • Stefan Fergus
    Aug 31, 2019
    This was a fun novel. A good protagonist, who seems to be very unlucky since he was dinged for cocaine possession. The novel builds to a very interesting, fun conclusion. All the pieces are there throughout the novel, but only at the end does it all get wrapped up. Quite devious. ...
  • F.T. Bradley
    Jul 28, 2019
    Smart crime fiction at its best. Recommended. ...
  • Robert Intriago
    Jul 31, 2019
    A very clever plot with a great main character. The book starts a little bit like ?Better Call Saul? as the main character, a disbarred lawyer, is working as a supervisor at a fast food restaurant. The story has a lot of twists and some memorable characters that encompass the full ...
  • Laura
    Jun 16, 2019
    What a great book - I read it in a day! Completely didn?t see what Kevin had up his sleeve - what a treat! Kevin is an attorney on probation for drug charges, serving subs while serving his time, just trying to get past it all. He is approached by a man who wants him to lie about...
  • Cynthia
    Aug 10, 2019
    I really liked this book.... I guess I'm giving the 5 stars because it had just about everything: an original plot that contains some twists & strategizing, memorable characters (to like & dislike, to cheer for & against), & a dog rescue! The title is fitting, in a coup...
  • David Putnam
    Aug 25, 2019
    I liked this book very much. This is Grisham but with tighter, richer prose. Substitution Order has the most complicated plot I think I have ever read and yet I followed it without any problem. The character voice and point of view was great. The character has a pretty heinous flaw but...
  • Rhiannon Johnson
    May 29, 2019
    My review of The Substitution Order featured in the July 2019 issue of Midlothian (Virginia) Lifestyle magazine: https://issuu.com/lifestylepubs/docs/... Author Martin Clark draws on his nearly thirty years of experience as a (now retired) Virginia circuit court judge to create a me...
  • Nancy
    Jul 01, 2019
    A Down on His Luck Attorney?s Life Spirals into Chaos Kevin Moore is standing behind the counter making sandwiches in a down-at-the-heel sandwich shop, Substitution. Once an attorney on the way up, he?s separated from his wife, on probation from a cocaine possession charge, and ...
  • Tooter
    Aug 07, 2019
    Excellent! Well written and not the usual and predictable "pretty little bow" ending. Very clever plot with a double-entendre title. Well deserved 5 stars! ...
  • Faith
    Jun 13, 2019
    ?I?ve lost the love of my life, almost stroked out, forfeited my livelihood and most of my money, embarrassed my profession and been reduced to running a bad sandwich shop. My immediate friends are a mongrel dog and a pot-dealing coworker half my age.? That?s disgraced, disbarr...
  • Jeff Dillard
    Jul 23, 2019
    Best day is to think and read This title allowed both at the same time. Martin Clark can always spin a wonderful tale. If you have not been introduced to this author please pick this one up and you will be hooked. DC ?81 ...
  • A.D. Hopkins
    Sep 01, 2019
    A fictionalized but true-to-life indictment of a legal system which efficiently punishes the guilty but cannot recognize the innocent, written by an insider who should know. Clark is a recently retired judge from a Virginia district court. ...
  • Elizabeth Jones
    Jul 29, 2019
    Kevin Moore is a disbarred attorney now making sandwiches in a sub shop. When he is given the opportunity to participate in a malpractice insurance scam, he finds a way to recoup his losses in some very unexpected ways. A clever and entertaining legal thriller with spot on characteriza...
  • Dave
    May 27, 2019
    Clark offers us a gritty thriller featuring a down-on-his-luck soon-to-be-disbarred lawyer who lost his wife and gained an arrest in a cocaine-fueled weekend of debauchery with a stripper and now works in a sandwich shop putting extra mayo on sandwiches. Kevin Moore is in a downward sp...
  • C.C. Beasley
    Jul 02, 2019
    Awesome. Great ending. ...
  • Deborah Hogg
    Jul 12, 2019
    Worthy of a summer?s afternoon reading. The plot Twists and turns are reminiscent of Virginia country roads. It?s been said that Judge writes like the ?thinking mans Grisham.? Charlotte NPR affiliate station mentioned this book on 7/11 in a segment on summer reading. It...
  • Tucker
    Jul 14, 2019
    In ?The Substitution Order? Kevin Moore, a well-regarded attorney in Virginia, is working to rebuild his reputation while his law license is suspended for an unlikely and uncharacteristic drug binge. He?s managing a sandwich shop, meeting with his probation officer and providing ...
  • Lareynolds
    May 21, 2019
    There are two things I can always count on: Dave Matthews shows and Martin Clark's books. The Substitution Order is the best thing Martin has ever written. I love, love, love Nelson the dog (the best canine sidekick ever) and literally cheered out loud at the end. As usual, all the cha...
  • Nancy Callahan
    Jun 14, 2019
    Martin?s best book so far! Loved the characters, the twisty plot and what a great ending! ...
  • Darrin Jordan
    Aug 30, 2019
    My first Martin Clark book. Surprise ending that had all the plot and intrigue of one of the ?Oceans? movies with Clooney, Pitt, Damon and other great actors. Well written and it finished well and strong. ...
  • carol johnson
    Aug 09, 2019
    I will state at the outset I am a retired attorney who practiced litigation. That fact may strongly influence my opinion of this book, as it was very accurate procedurally, to the extent the legal statutes and regulations applicable to this area of Virginia are generally reflective of ...
  • Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller
    Jul 25, 2019
    Martin Clark?s clever legal thriller opens with Kevin Moore, a once-high-flying lawyer who?s anticipating disbarment, making sandwiches in a low-budget deli, SUBstitution. On probation from a cocaine possession charge, his troubles only get worse when a mysterious man comes into th...
  • Nancy W
    Jul 13, 2019
    This is a very clever and smart book. I enjoyed all of the characters, both human and otherwise, and the author kept me guessing until the end. ...
  • Edd Martin
    Jul 15, 2019
    An engaging, entertaining story set in the legal world, a literal shaggy dog story, and I laughed out loud a time or two. The rare book where I wouldn't change a thing. Highly recommended. ...
  • Christopher A.
    Jun 24, 2019
    The best yet from an author I like a lot. Kevin Moore is a likable lawyer who falls from grace and fights his way back. The plot clues are beautifully hidden in plain sight, and you won't find a better companion than Nelson the stray pup. Same as other people on here, I was blown away ...
  • Linda Maxie
    Jul 15, 2019
    I just finished The Substitution Order this weekend. While the genre is not one I read a lot, I really enjoy Martin Clark's writing style. I genuinely care about his characters. That's always been important to me in any narrative. Kevin Moore has messed his life up in a big way. Bu...
  • Karen Boyer
    Jun 09, 2019
    Want to read! ...