When I saw Dead Lawyers Tell No Tails by Randy Singer was up for review I was excited to read it. I had heard of Randy singer before and I've been wanting to read one of his books. I like the law mystery/suspense novels that I've read in the past, and I liked the idea of reading one from a Christian author.
The book start out with Landon Reed getting out of jail after serving time for a point-shaving scheme he was a part of while playing college football. He is changed in prison, and decides to go to law school. No now will hire him until a criminal defense lawyer, Harry Mcnaughten, decides to give him a chance. But then lawyers at the firm start dying, and Landon has to dig deep to fin out what exactly is going on inside his new firm.
I really enjoyed this book! One of the reviews on the cover says Singer's books are "every bit as good as John Grisham", and I have to concur. The book was easy to read and kept me wanting to find out what would happen, and the ending was exciting and satisfying.
It was also clean, which is what I would expect from a Christian author, but I appreciated that because some of the law fiction that I've read in the past hasn't been. Christianity wasn't the main focus of the book, but it was weaved into the story naturally, and I liked that. I'm thinking I want to look into getting more of Randy Singer's books now, and I'm excited that I found a good new author!
I'd definitely recommend checking out this book (or his other books too, I know I'm going to be checking into his other books). I think this would be a great vacation read!
Note: I received this book for free from Tyndale in exchange for this review. This is my honest opinion.
Landon Reed was an all-star quarterback for Southeastern University. Caught in a financial bind, he agreed to shave a few points off of games he knew his team would win anyway. But he got caught and as the novel opens, he is just being released after completing his prison sentence.
Waiting for him is Kerri, his loyal girlfriend, and Maddie, their daughter. Landon is a changed man. In prison he came to faith in Jesus and the first thing he wants to do is marry Kerri.
The story quickly moves to Landon's review before Virginia Board of Bar Examiners. Landon has earned his law degree and wants to practice. It is a hard sell, because of his prison time but he convinces the examiners that he is a new man and he passes.
One of the examiners is Harry McNaughten, an old criminal defense lawyer. After months of not being able to land a position with a law firm, he runs into Harry again. Landon has been in a fight in a bar. Though he did not start it, he may lose his privilege to practice law. He is saved from that when Harry comes to his rescue. Harry offers Landon a job with his law firm, much to the dismay of his partners.
Landon works with Harry on a high profile murder case. He is a bit disturbed by Harry's unusual techniques and then his world is turned on end. Harry is murdered. Then two more from the firm are killed. Suddenly, working for this law firm can be deadly.
Singer has crafted a great legal thriller. He weaves several stories together to create the drama. There is a retired CIA undercover operative, now the owner of a large private special forces company, who is out to kill those in government who let his foreign girlfriend be tortured to death. There is the successful district prosecutor now accused of embezzlement and murder. And there is Kerri, successful investigative reporter for a local television station.
Readers who like Grisham will like this novel. The characters are well developed and the action is tight. Landon and Kerri are Christians and their faith is essential as they face danger. You learn a little about football and lots about the legal system. I enjoyed it from cover to cover. The twist at the end was great too.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
There are times when I am reading a novel that I want to know more about the person who wrote it or the subject matter, maybe even what others have written in their reviews. It is great to see a novel come along that shows there is more to life than just one decision or mistake. The main male character, named Landon Reed, who has been released from jail, is now able to live a totally brand new life. Landon became a Christian while in jail due to a choice he made while in college, and while that brought disastrous results at first, later on even better fruit comes forth.
As a first year lawyer, Landon goes through mishaps at the firm he is working at and is now trying his first major case as a defense lawyer. The other case is about setting up off shore accounts by his current client, who now faces indictment for two murders. Kerri waited for Landon to be released from incarceration to provide for their daughter while she worked at a local television news desk. Kerri loves being an investigative reporter. While Landon is working hard as a lawyer, Kerri meets with a clandestine figure with a promise not to reveal anything until he grants permission. She is looking to always reach her highest dreams when Sean Phoenix comes with the promise of a story to make any journalists career soar, but at what cost? Sean Phoenix is the head of a security firm called Cipher Inc., which does covert operations for clients who desire anonymity. However, is that all Cipher Inc. does or is there more going on?
Their marriage is under fire, partners in the law firm Landon is working with are turning up dead, and now they have constant protection as three partners of the firm Landon works for may have been murdered and with only two partners left and a high profile case no chances are being taken that Landon maybe the next target. The novel is full of twists, turns and pulse raising scenes that will keep you wanting to know what happens next. One of the other characteristics I like is that the chapters are short, which makes the story action move swiftly along, being able to easily read it while waiting at the doctor's office or other places. There is so much more to the novel than I can share, and I just don't want to ruin it for you!
In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
Randy Singer is one of my favorite authors of Legal/Suspense fiction, but this was not one of my favorites of his books. That being said, this is still an intriguing tale with many story lines that appear to be separate yet are all intricately interwoven. Some of the behavior just doesn't make as much sense to me, and I would sometimes lose interest while I was reading. To be fair, I am trying to read during a time when I am swamped with work, but I normally get more caught up in a book. However, I am interested enough to put this on my "keeper" shelf to reread later.
Suspense and legal thrillers are my favorite genre to read, and Randy Singer is one of the best inspirational authors out there.
It's really hard to give a review of the book without giving away anything, so I'll say that I really, truly doubt that anyone guesses the ending before you get to it. I know I didn't. I got to the last chapter, and went "HUH?" It really did surprise me, but in retrospect made perfect sense when all the pieces fell together.
There were times I was wondering if we were going to get there though. I liked the book, don't get me wrong, but I think I would have liked it even more if you had more hints to solve the crime earlier on in the book. There's a sudden leap at the end that seems a bit unrealistic. I say that, then add that I hate reviews that say a novel is unrealistic because after all, it is a novel. It's not real life.
Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales is a story of redemption, second chances and loyalty---not just for Landon, but the entire cast of characters. Singer does an excellent job of developing each of the characters and making them come to life.
You'll also feel like you're trying your first case in court, right along with Landon himself.
Singer even pokes a little fun at himself and fellow author/lawyers... He's a lawyer writing a book about a lawyer writing a book. :)
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.