Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Water's Edge by Robert Whitlow

Sometimes small towns hold the biggest secrets.

Ambitious young attorney Tom Crane is about to become a partner in a high-profile Atlanta law firm. But first he must clear one final matter from his docket—the closing of his deceased father's law practice in his hometown of Bethel, Georgia. Killed in a mysterious boating accident, John Crane didn't appear to leave his son anything except the hassle of wrapping up loose ends.

But instead of celebrating his promotion, Tom finds himself packing up his office, having suddenly been "consolidated." To add insult to injury, that same night his girlfriend breaks up with him . . . by letter.

Returning to Bethel with no sense of his future and no faith to fall back on, Tom just wants to settle his father's final affairs and get back to Atlanta. But then he runs into an unexpected roadblock—two million dollars of unclaimed money stashed in a secret bank account. And evidence that his father's death may not have been accidental. Worse still, a trail of data suggests his father played a role in an international fraud operation.

Tom follows the money into a tangled web of lies, theft, and betrayal. Along the way, he meets a woman who is as beguiling as she is beautiful. And her interest in the outcome of the case is just as high as his. She challenges Tom's assumptions . . . and his faith. Now he has to decide who he can trust—and how far a father's love can reach.

My review:
It has been a while since Robert Whitlow has written the legal thriller type of book that he began his writing career with, but this one is a lot more like those books than the last few he has written. That is what he writes best, so I was happy to see him write that style of book again.

This was one of those books I started and could not put down. I loved the plot, the main character, and Whitlow isn't afraid to write true Christian fiction. A lot of spiritual themes can be found in this book and no cursing, or anything close to it.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I can't think of anything I would have changed in it, and was sorry to see it end. It was a very gripping, suspenseful, and enjoyable read. One of Whitlow's better books for sure.

About the author:
Robert Whitlow is the best-selling author of legal novels set in the South and winner of the prestigious Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. A Furman University graduate, Whitlow received his J.D. with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law where he served on the staff of the Georgia Law Review. A practicing attorney, Whitlow and his wife, Kathy, have four children. They make their home in North Carolina.

Water's Edge is available from Thomas Nelson Publishing.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson for the review copy.

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