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Friday, June 21, 2013

Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales by Randy Singer

 
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Landon Reed is an ex-quarterback convicted of organizing a points-shaving scheme. During his time in prison, he found forgiveness and faith and earned his law degree. Now he longs for an opportunity to prove his loyalty and worth. Be careful what you ask for.

Harry McNaughton is one of the founding partners of McNaughton & Clay—and the only lawyer willing to take a chance employing an ex-con-turned-lawyer. Though Landon initially questions Harry’s ethics and methods, it’s clear the crusty old lawyer has one of the most brilliant legal minds Landon has ever encountered. The two dive into preparing a defense for one of the highest-profile murder trials Virginia Beach has seen in decades when Harry is gunned down in what appears to be a random mugging. Then two more lawyers are killed when the firm’s private jet crashes. Authorities suspect someone has a vendetta against McNaughton & Clay, leaving Landon and the remaining partner as the final targets.

As Landon struggles to keep the firm together, he can’t help but wonder, is the plot related to a shady case from McNaughton & Clay’s past, or to the murder trial he’s neck-deep in now? And will he survive long enough to find out?

Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales by Randy Singer was an engaging and wild ride of suspense, mystery, and danger. There were multiple plot lines that were intertwined with unexpected twists and connections. I was drawn into the thrill of the novel, the dangerous and oftentimes unreliable characters, and the entertaining or nail biting court scenes. The themes of the novel included the importance of honesty, especially to one's spouse, integrity in one's work and personal relationships, and trusting God in good times and bad. The novel was told in third person but was from the perspective of Landon Reed and allowed the reader to understand how Landon felt.

The characters of Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales were complex and well developed. Landon and his wife were interesting characters with their own mix of flaws, strengths, poor decisions, and faith in God. Other minor characters, such as the members of McNaughton and Clay, each had secrets and flaws that they were hiding and that added great depth to the novel as they were revealed. Overall, I found Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales to be another great legal thriller from Randy Singer, and I would highly recommend this novel to any reader looking for a wonderfully suspenseful legal thriller that is reminiscent of John Grisham's novels. I love Randy Singer's novels, and I look forward to reading more of them!

I received this novel for free from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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