Way Past Legal
Norman Green
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Way Past Legal
Norman Green
352 pages
July 2005
rated 5 of 5 possible stars

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Way Past Legal is a heartwarming tale of one man trying to break the chains of a lifestyle he is forced into by being raised in the wrong neighborhood. Stealing has become a way of life for Mohommad, or so he is called on the street. His other false name is Emmanual Williams – or “Manny,” for short – an identity that Mohammad has worked very hard to maintain.

Mohommad and his partner in crime, Roserio, complete a heist along with three others, but Mohommad finds out that the other three have been found dead in a dumpster and begins to question Roserio’s intent to share the loot. So he himself steals the loot and heads out of town, stopping only to collect the only thing he cares about in this world: his son, Nicky. Unfortunately, the job that he and Roserio accomplished has upset some very powerful people in the Russian mafia. With the additional pressure of seeing his five-year-old son being held in a foster home, Mohammad decides to take his son and make a run for it. Understandably, Mohammad is less than thrilled when the van breaks down in the middle of nowhere in the state of Maine. Luck has it that the two are taken in by a local family while the van undergoes repairs. Taken aback by the small town atmosphere and the close relationships of its citizens, Mohammad begins to see another side of himself, and his dream for a better life is reinforced. When he sees the innocent expectations in his young child’s eyes, Mohammad decides to take his plan into action. Not everything is picture-perfect in this small town, however. Mohammad quickly makes an enemy out of the deputy and at the same time is befriended by the sheriff.

Loyalty and love, parenting, stress and fear, overcoming odds and starting a new life are the themes of Way Past Legal. This book is filled with scenes of both action and personal growth that will tug at the reader’s emotions. Way Past Legal author Norman Green, whose past novels include Shooting Dr. Jack and The Angel of Montague Street, writes with energy, tension and an enviable skill at portraying real life and speaking to readers through a first-person voice.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Lillian Brummet, 2008

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