“Mr. Moore, prepare an Order to that effect for my signature,” Donnie is instructed by the judge again in Donald Moeller’s book, Chinook County: Twenty Years of Tales from a Small Town Attorney.
~ What ~
At one-hundred-and-eighty-two pages, this hardbound targets those who enjoy stories written from a lawyer’s quirky perspective regarding small town living. Based in Oregon, it is a collection of mostly flippant tales gleaned from the writer’s experience as a district attorney and small law firm owner. With some adult situations but no blatant profanity, it would not be appropriate for immature readers.
Between the often comical pages are ten eclectic stories that seem almost unbelievable they made it to a courtroom docket. Using the writer’s alter ego, Donnie Moore’s adventures range from racing after a pot-smokin’ hippy rig and going toe to toe with the Honorable “Let’s Make a Deal” Neal to fighting for a special needs child who loves ice cream, promoting “green” cow energy, and uncovering the town’s good ol’ boys club involved in illegal land use and drugs.
~ Why ~
As the author writes in third person, the assortment is not a memoir per se, but it conveys several crazy situations he dealt with as an attorney, husband, and father. I liked that some of the stories shared mention his wife, children, beliefs, frustrations, and day-to-day observations living in a Pacific Northwest coastal town.
~ Why Not ~
Readers who do not like lawyers or any aspect of a courtroom, jury, or legal issue may pass on this book. Containing some crude and sophomoric content, some may be offended at the idiocy of common individuals. However, since it is based on the writer’s personal experiences, it is engaging to learn how people react and interpret the established laws of our legal system.
~ Who ~
Having published a prior book, Moeller was a Los Angeles high school teacher, criminal trial lawyer, elected district attorney, and owner of a private law practice. Now retired, he currently lives in Salem, Oregon.
~ Wish ~
With the writer being front and center witnessing human nature and the often lack of intelligence, more books need to be written that show the stupidity, silliness, and outright gumption some have when it comes to the law.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a light read that will make you smirk or shake your head in unbelief regarding mankind and the legal system, this will make a good gift for the wanna-be lawyer or experienced attorney who, no doubt, has similar tales to tell.
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Thanks to the author for furnishing this book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.
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