Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Last Plea Bargain by Randy Singer

Plea bargains may grease the rails of justice, but for Jamie Brock, prosecuting criminals is not about cutting deals. In her three years as assistant DA, she’s never plea-bargained a case and vows she never will. But when a powerful defense attorney is indicted for murder and devises a way to bring the entire justice system to a screeching halt, Jamie finds herself at a crossroads. One by one, prisoners begin rejecting deals. Prosecutors are overwhelmed, and felons start walking free on technicalities. To break the logjam and convict her nemesis, Jamie must violate every principle that has guided her young career. But she has little choice. To convict the devil, sometimes you have to cut a deal with one of his demons.

My review:I'm always happy when I get the chance to review one of Randy Singer's books. He writes legal thrillers like the well-known John Grisham, but I think Singer is better. And I admire him for writing Christian books. Grisham claims to be a Christian, but his books do not reflect that, nor do his political leanings. I'd much rather read a Randy Singer book any day over a John Grisham book.

There is a lot I don't understand about legal proceedings and what goes on in court, so the idea of plea bargains wasn't something I knew much about, but I thought the plot sounded good. And it was.

The book itself was very interesting, and is one of his best, in my opinion. He brought back some of the characters from his last book, and introduced some new ones. The story has a lot of suspense, legal action, and legal jargon. Singer does a great job of writing legal "stuff" in a way that even I can understand what is going on. I learned a lot about plea bargains, and a little more about our court system.

I knew this would be a book I'd want to not lie down once I started reading it, so I saved it until I could devote enough time to finish it. And that is what happened. I  began reading it and read until I was done. Randy has written another masterpiece, one that measures up against Grisham or any other secular author.

About the author:

Randy Singer is a critically acclaimed author and veteran trial attorney. He has penned 10 legal thrillers, including his award-winning debut novel, Directed Verdict. Randy runs his own law practice and has been named to Virginia Business magazine's select list of "Legal Elite" litigation attorneys. In addition to his law practice and writing, Randy serves as teaching pastor for Trinity Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He calls it his "Jekyll and Hyde thing"—part lawyer, part pastor. He also teaches classes in advocacy and civil litigation at Regent Law School and, through his church, is involved with ministry opportunities in India. He and his wife, Rhonda, live in Virginia Beach. They have two grown children. Visit his website at http://www.randysinger.net/.
The Last Plea Bargain is avaiable from Tyndale House Publishing.
Thanks to Debbie at Side Door Commmunications for the review copy.
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