I love the way Randy Singer writes. He catches you from the first and holds on. This was the same although not one of my favorites from him. There is never a clear adversary but maybe that was the trick. The author wanted us to really think.
The Justice Game by Randy Singer is another suspenseful courtroom spectacular from the master of the genre. When a beautiful pregnant news anchor is shot on camera by an angry viewer, her husband wants to sue the gun manufacturer for allowing their guns to be sold by a dealer who knowingly sold to felons. He hires Kelly Starling to represent him in a case that strikes fear in the hearts of NRA members across the nation. Across the aisle on the defense is Jason Noble, just two years out of law school and trying his very first major case for the gun manufacturer. But there are mysterious forces working behind the scenes manipulating both attorneys and maybe even going deeper into the case, making the case and story explosive. Singer is a master of suspense, dishing out clues little by little, keeping the reader hooked and barely breathing frantic flipping of the pages. Singer did something revolutionary with this novel: he allowed readers to determine the ending. Months ago, he placed a video on his website with the closing arguments of both attorneys and allowed readers to find for or against the gun manufacturer, vowing to allow their decision to shape the book. This is a hot topic in today's politics, but Singer presents both sides fairly, making the ending a surprise and truly satisfying. Nobody does it better than Singer.
There is a depth to this book that can only be explained by Singers real life experience in 1988 when he was involved in the longest trial in Virginia bar history. In that case he served as the attorney for a family suing a local gun store for selling a gun illegally used in the shooting and death of their son. Though Singers children were not present that day, the shooting occurred at their school.The two driving characters of this story are Jason Noble, representing the defendant (MD Firearms), and Kelly Starling, representing the plaintiff (the widowed husband of a news reporter killed by an illegally purchased hand gun). Casting a huge but virtually unseen shadow over the trials is Justice Inc., an elusive consulting firm run by Roger Sherwood. It isnt giving away too much to say that both Jason and Kelly have much to owe to Sherwood for their quick rise to national attention.The plot twists come fast and furious driving the story toward its dramatic conclusion. The ending is necessary to resolve the dilemma imposed on the main characters but how that resolution comes about is totally unexpected.Crime and gun control are not black and white issues and neither are the characters in The Justice Game. Both attorneys are haunted by secrets that may unravel their fast tracked careers. The owner of MD Firearms is not some cigar smoking sleeze-bag but rather a woman who adamantly believes it is her right if not duty to manufacture guns for peoples protection (she herself the victim or rape as a teenager). Even the ultimate antagonist is not the powerful and totally evil villain expected but rather somewhat pathetic and belatedly remorseful. A number of themes drive this story on a much deeper level than the trial itself. Foremost among them is the effect hidden wrongs can have years later. Supposedly buried sins and unresolved conflicts have a way of resurfacing at the most inopportune moments.
Randy Singer always delivers a great legal thriller. I've exhausted his shelf at my library and have enjoyed them all. The Justice Game certainly didn't disapoint. I thought it was a tightly plotted and intricate story, with heartfelt charcters that I cared about. It's full of things i didn't expect, at all! Randy Singer kept me reading and kept pulling me into the story.This is a book you will not want to miss. You may or may not agree with the final result, but it will raise some questions and hopefully get some discussions going.Even though I did like the book I didn't quite connect to the story and characters as much as I have in his previous works. Given that, it was great, and one that a lot of readers have strong opinions about the subject. For other people though, it's been their favorite Singer book yet. It's not (in my opinion) the best Randy Singer book i've read, but it is worth reading.