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5 Stars Out Of 5
April 8, 2009
This was the first book of Randy Singer's that I've read. I just finished it today and I'm starting another one tonight! I thought it was well written and I had a hard time putting it down. Highly recommend.
Quinn Newberg has a reputation, one he is happy to cultivate - a high priced, high stakes Vegas attorney with charm and vices to spare.Investigative reporter, Catherine O'Rourke followed Quinn Newberg's most publicised trial yet she never imagined she would one day require his legal services. As she is haunted by dreams and visions of murders, Catherine becomes the focus of a police investigation into a serial killer with a penchant for leaving Bible verses alongside the victims.As the evidence mounts, Quinn doubts even he can pull off the magic act necessary to convince the jury of Catherine's fractured and broken mind.Randy Singer returns with his most stellar novel yet and yes, I have read them all. Brilliantly executed with complex characterisation and more twists and turns than a Grand Prix circuit, By Reason of Insanity is the quintessential legal thriller, John Grisham and Scott Turow notwithstanding. I was invested, heart and mind, in the story from the first page with Quinn's courtroom brilliance yet fractured heart, followed by Catherine's vulnerability and painful visions. Quinn, Catherine and Annie's back stories blend easily with the fast paced plot, and the presence of Quinn's young niece is a lovely touch, providing humour and a glimpse into Quinn's soul. Randy ramps up the suspense effortlessly making this a book you simply can't put down. I loved everything about By Reason of Insanity and it will be no surprise to me if it hits the big screen one day!
I could not put this book down. It was a surprise to read who actually did the killings. I have read all of Randy Singer's books and I think this is the best. Hope to see more books by him in the future.
Attorney/novelist Randy Singer brings readers an interesting twist on the legal thriller genre with his latest release, By Reason of Insanity.Trial lawyer Quinn Newberg is becoming famous as he presides over the defense of a woman who is charged with the murder of her husband. Meanwhile, Catherine O'Rourke, a Virginia Beach reporter covering the trial for her employer, begins having strange visions that make no sense to her. Then she discovers that her visions are the exact details of a series of kidnapping and murders in the Virginia Beach area. The details of what her mind's eye sees is so exact that she soon becomes a suspect when she offers to help. Quinn Newberg is brought in to represent Catherine at trial because of his expertise in the much maligned insanity plea.This was the first novel of Singer's that I've read and I was privileged to read an advanced reader copy before publication. I was familiar with the author, just never gotten around to reading him. Boy, was that a mistake. By Reason of Insanity is one of the best novels I've read this year. And I've read a bunch. What I liked most about it was the twist of adding the supernatural/paranormal concept of visions to this genre. And the way the two main characters (Quinn and Catherine) separate storylines intersect will not disappoint.Singer's writing is fast paced, page-turning suspense at it's best. He gives good attention to detail and along with the joyride you just might learn a thing or two about the law.This may have been my first Randy Singer novel, however, I can guarantee it won't be my last. I've read lots of comparisons of Singer to Grisham. Umph. I say move over Grisham and share the throne before you're removed from it completely.
In Virginia Beach, The Tidewater Times reporter Catherine O'Rourke covers the homicide trial of Annie Newburg Hofstetter, accused of murdering her husband Richard in premeditated cold blood. Her renowned attorney Quinn Newberg uses the insanity defense of a woman pushed over the edge by physical and mental abuse. Thanks to weeping Juror 5, the case ends for now in a mistrial.---------------Over the next few months The Avenger of God has been kidnapping and murdering Tidewater residents whom the serial killer believes violated the Lord. Cat has some insider information, but when the court demands shereveal her insider anonymous law enforcement source to Detective Jamarcus Webb, she refuses and goes to jail making her part of the story. While behind bars, Cat begins to have distressing visions of these horrific crimes as if she was an eye-witness to the Avengers vigilante justice. She tells Jamarcus what she sees and he thinks she knows too much not to be the Avenger. The police arrest Cat who hires Quinn to defend her even though his approach means he assumes his client is guilty.--------------Filled with twists, this is a terrific legal thriller that grips the reader from the moment that Juror 5 ends the ORourke trial and never slows down as Cat prays that the Vegas legal magician can get her off the hook even if BY REASON OF INSANITY. The story line is fast-paced as Cat continues to get visions of the Avengers serial killings. Although a romantic subplot between lawyer and client is somewhat muted, it still feels forced yet Randy Singer as he did with THE CROSS EXAMINATION OF OLIVER FINNEY brings up timely jurisprudence issues as he provides a fascinating look at the insanity plea.---------------Harriet Klausner