Paul F. Kenney is a well-known Boston-area personal-injury lawyer and a partner in the law firm Kenney & Conley in Braintree, Mass. Now, he is also a published novelist. This week, Kenney published his new book, Paths Along the Way, which tells a story that he says was inspired by his own life experiences as a criminal defense and trial lawyer.
I will confess that I have not yet read the book. However, I know Paul and I can attest to the fact that he can spin a story with the best of them. According to the book’s description, the story starts in 1967 with two white brothers, Christopher and Michael, living in a Boston housing project. Christopher’s evening out with his black girlfriend ends in a shooting that changes the course of his life.
Years later, the two brothers — Christopher now a prominent Boston trial lawyer and Michael a State Police detective — are reunited when the nephew of Christopher’s long-ago girlfriend is framed for the murder of a Boston cop. Christopher takes on his defense and enlists Michael as his investigator. Along the way, he risks all that he has built and hoped for.