This is the first book by Randy Singer I have read, and it is a pretty good book. It contains a lot of drama, a bit of suspense, a smattering of action, and a dash of romance.
Initially, I had a hard time keeping up with the many characters and how they relate to the storyline. The main character is Jamie Brock who tells the story in the first person. However, other parts of the story are told in the third person so the reader gets an inside view of the action. Even still, there are twists and surprises to the story that are unexpected and entertaining.
This book reminds me of the many crime dramas available on TV but far more interesting. I just might have to read more by Randy Singer now that I have had a small taste of his work.
Caleb Tate, defense attorney, becomes a suspect in his wife's murder. He believes he is innocent and is confident that her killer will be found.
Jamie Brock, assistant DA, whose mother was killed long ago by a convicted murderer seeks restitution for the senseless act. Her father lies in a bed suffering from a stroke and she promises to obtain justice no matter the cost.
Mace James, attorney to the convicted murderer of Jamie's mom, has seen much from the other side of the bars, but will it be enough to spare the life of another?
Highly entertaining this is by far the best courtroom and attorney drama/suspense I have read thus far. Believable characters, new and crisp storyline and a plot that promises many twists, turns and surprises with absolutely no dull parts! I was held captive by this fast paced thriller and could not put down the book. Very well written! I found it to be a faith challenging read and will be recommending this book to others.
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.
Having read several of Randy Singer's legal thrillers, I can honestly say he's become a favorite author, and The Last Plea Bargain may be the best one yet! Jamie Brock is a prosecutor now and is known for refusing to cut deals with criminals. However, when a criminal defense attorney is arrested for murder, he unites the prisoners and shuts down the legal system. Jamie must begin making deals in order to get the rest of the system back on track. And when her father's murderer's attorney claims an innocent man is headed toward the death chamber, everything she begins questioning everything she believes.
Singer delivers a brilliant legal thriller. It's not often that I can't figure out where the story is going, but he kept me guessing until the very end. The characters were well-developed, and the story was intricate. I also enjoy how the author uses his novels to highlight social issues and makes me think about things in a new light. I highly recommend to anyone who loves suspense or legal thrillers! And if you've never read the genre, this would be a great introduction! [5 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House via Net Galley in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Randy Singer is a veteran trial attorney turned author of legal suspense fiction. His most recent release, The Last Plea Bargain, takes the reader into the world where crime, the law, and the system collide.
Begin with Jamie Brook, an assistant district attorney, who simply is not a "deal cutter." Simply a resounding, "No!", to plea bargains. Enter the scene a powerful defense attorney, Caleb Tate, whose wife dies of an overdose. Said defense attorney is indicted for his wife's murder, and he just happens to be the attorney that defended the man that killed Jamie's mother.
Irony! Jamie must prosecute Caleb Tate. But then a real legal crossroads is encountered. A log jam of "no plea bargains" causes the legal system to literally spin out of control until it basically comes to a standstill. All because of the machinations of Caleb Tate.
It is refreshing to be able to read an extremely well-written book with a spiritual message woven into the plot but without the air of a sermon. There are no embarrassing scenes and no foul language. Randy Singer has been compared to John Grisham, but I see Mr. Singer as far excelling in his writing style and ability, story telling that grips, authenticity, and presentation of a really clean read.
While I can not assess legal authenticity myself, I feel that Mr. Singer's books simply abound in the "real thing." His beautifully crafted story and character development brings to life realistic people and events of the real world.
The complex plot and levels in the story are great and make for an interesting, challenging, and enjoyable read. I recommend The Last Plea Bargain and don't think you'll be disappointed.