Fastpaced legal thriller will have readers gasping
April 9, 2012
The Last Plea Bargain by Randy Singer follows up with Jamie Brock, who was a young law student in False Witness. Now Jamie is a prosecutor for the district attorney's office. She became a lawyer to avenge her mother's murder at the hands of a drug addict twelve years ago when she was just sixteen, and she intends to see the murderer die for his crime, and his appeals are running out, despite the best attempts of his attorney, Mace James. When Caleb Tate, the attorney who originally represented the murderer and nearly destroyed Jamie's father on the witness stand, is charged with the murder of his wife, Rikki, Jamie is determined to make Tate pay for both Rikki's death and for what he did to her father. But Tate isn't about to go down without a fight, and he brings the entire justice system to a halt when he gets every suspect waiting for trial to refuse a plea bargain. This bogs down the system to the point where non-violent offenders are simply released back into society. Meanwhile, Mace is trying to race the clock to find evidence for a new trial or to set his client free before the August 7 execution date, but what he finds just may change Jamie's belief in the death penalty as well as what she knows about the night her mother died. Singer has written another fast-paced and suspenseful legal drama with twists and turns that kept me on toes. Jamie is a likable character, and the reader quickly sympathizes with her pain. Singer's writing just gets better with each novel; the dialogue is believable and the action is tight. I can't wait to see what he will come up with next.
This book has a lot going on at once but the author writes well and draws all the stories together. This is my first book by Randy Singer and I really enjoyed the complex story lines. I have always enjoyed books about lawyers and this book did not disappoint!
The main character, Jamie Brock, is known for never offering a plea-bargain in any case she has worked on. This story follows her as she deals with the criminals in her jurisdiction rejecting all plea bargains offered and causing their cases to go to trial. This is too much for the court system to handle and many go free because of small mistakes made in their cases. There are other stories going on at the same time as this main one and because of that this book really reminded me of some of the popular television shows that are on right now. Stories within stories that are fast paced and all get solved or dealt with by the end.
The book was a very quick read as I easily read chapter after chapter. It was fast paced and I enjoyed the characters and how they were written to interact with each other. I can definitely say I will be reading all of Randy Singers' books!
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
I have to be honest. This is the first legal drama/thriller that I've ever read. It might be a new favorite genre. That is, as long as they flow like this one.
I really enjoyed this book. At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy it. I tried reading another book of similar genre by another author, but that was over ten years ago, and it wasn't nearly as engaging as this one.
The book flipped between first person narrative from the main character to third person for the supporting characters. Each character had a depth to them that I enjoyed. There were not too many characters either, so following each one was easy.
The plot was complex, yet not too complicated that I couldn't easily follow it which is good because my reading time is now generally while I'm nursing the baby and referring the other two kids. This book had me staying up way too late though once I got into it. I think I read the last half in two days, much to the irritation of my husband who was trying to converse with me.
If you have read any other book reviews from me, you know that it's the ending that will make or break a book for me. I can really enjoy the rest of it, but if I don't like the ending, I will not read it again or recommend it to others. The ending of this one was great. It managed to surprise me, it was exciting, and it was thorough with all the ends being all tied up.
So, I would definitely recommend this book and I look forward to reading more of his books in the future!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this product through Tyndale Media Center Blog Network in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
I love Randy Singer's books, and try to pick them up as much as possible. As someone who just isn't that into romance novels and corny stories, I find it hard to find a good Christian fiction book that isn't a romance story, and even more to find a good crime-related one that is well written. So any time I see Randy Singer's book I make sure to purchase them!
I loved this book, it followed suit of the other novels he's written, in the way that the story had a great flow to it with plenty of adventure and intrigue too!
This novel centers around Jamie Brock who is a young Assistant DA, who finds herself prosecuting a prominent defense attorney who is accused of murdering his wife. As the system begins to screech to a halt, she is forced to make compromises and do what she swore she'd never do.
I loved this book, but couldn't stand the main character (but I think that's the sign of good book, when you don't like a character, but still love the story). I felt that she was using the law to fill her own personal vendettas, which bothered me so much!
All in all though, I loved this book, like the other Randy Singer stories I've read, it was a great book that I'll be reading over and over again!!
*I received this book from Tyndale Media Center in order to review it. All that is required from my reviews is an honest opinion on the book!
My Summary: What would happen if defendants refused to take a plea bargain and demanded a jury trial? In this fascinating and thought provoking story that is exactly what happened. Once again Randy Singer delivers an entertaining story with several messages. Initially, I thought his main goal was to wrestle with the subject of the death penalty, but that was only one dimension of this story and as a typical Randy Singer book he will get you thinking.
Mr. Singer weaves a couple of different subplots that are engaging and support the main storyline. The beginning of the story seemed to drag for me as it laid the foundation of the story, but it soon picked up and kept me engaged and guessing. As the story progressed I found myself staying up later and later trying to finish it.
Digging a little deeper: Antoine Marshall had been convicted and sentenced to death for the death of Jamie Brock's mother. While in prison he maintained his innocence and claimed to find Christ, he and his new lawyer, Mace James, are looking to get his death penalty sentence reversed or at the least get him a new trial. The author hits head on the debate on the death penalty and the flaws of the legal system. He doesn't shy away from the issue of forgiveness versus the need for restitution. Even the main character's brother, Chris, who is a pastor, wants to see justice served on behalf of his mother but also recognizes a changed man by God.
I enjoyed the viewpoint in which the author told the story. Much of the story is told Jamie Brock's point of view while at other times it is told from the point of view of other characters or the omnipresence. He often retold the scene from two points of view reminding us that we all look at situations differently.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys legal suspense story that will challenge your thinking. I've heard Randy Singer compared to John Grisham, I've never read John Grisham so I can't tell you, I can tell you Randy Singer writes strong stories that will entertain and educate. He also pulls some surprises at the end that I didn't see coming.
The Giveaway: Randy's publisher has been gracious enough to offer a copy of this excellent book. Actually the winner will receive a certificate that they can redeem at their local bookstore. To enter leave a comment with the state you live in and the name of the other book that featured Jamie Brock. Winner will be picked on April 15th at 9:00PM PDT.
Disclaimer: I would like to thank the publisher, Tyndale for the opportunity to review this book, my only obligation was to provide my honest opinion.