Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales by Randy Singer


About the Book:

Landon Reed is an ex-quarterback convicted of organizing a points-shaving scheme. During his time in prison, he found forgiveness and faith and earned his law degree. Now he longs for an opportunity to prove his loyalty and worth. Be careful what you ask for.

Harry McNaughton is one of the founding partners of McNaughton & Clay—and the only lawyer willing to take a chance employing an ex-con-turned-lawyer. Though Landon initially questions Harry’s ethics and methods, it’s clear the crusty old lawyer has one of the most brilliant legal minds Landon has ever encountered.

The two dive into preparing a defense for one of the highest-profile murder trials Virginia Beach has seen in decades when Harry is gunned down in what appears to be a random mugging. Then two more lawyers are killed when the firm’s private jet crashes. Authorities suspect someone has a vendetta against McNaughton & Clay, leaving Landon and the remaining partner as the final targets.

As Landon struggles to keep the firm together, he can’t help but wonder, is the plot related to a shady case from McNaughton & Clay’s past, or to the murder trial he’s neck-deep in now? And will he survive long enough to find out?

My Thoughts:

Oh, my word...Randy Singer can write!  And he can craft a thrilling novel that will keep you up until the wee hours of the morning, so be warned...begin this one early in your day.

All the characters are memorable, but none compare to good old Harry!  He's a true character, from his unusual courtroom manner to his scattered filing.  And he's someone you want on your team, believing in you even when no one else does.

Landon inspires loyalty, though.  He's paid his debt and earned the right to be on the other side of the courtroom, practicing law and defending clients in need of a good, solid defense.  I'd hire him in a heartbeat.

And it isn't easy finding a woman like Kerri.  She stood by Landon while he served his time, married him the day he was released and supported his fledgling law career.  When the wheels come off during one of the biggest trials of Landon's career, where will Kerri be standing--could go either way.

Randy has created some memorable background characters as well.  Parker Clausen was a surprise, as was Rachel, both lawyers in Harry's firm.  Landon and Kerri's daughter, Maddie, was fun to see in action.  But, hands down, my favorite character is Billy Thurston, Landon's right hand man.

I adore that guy!

Keep your eyes on everyone in this book...many are not who them seem to be...or are they exactly how they're written?  You just can't tell with Randy!  He's known for doing a bait-and-switch on who the bad guy is...and I guarantee, you will NOT see it coming!

Surprises abound in "Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales", from who to trust to who is guilty to what the case is actually all about in the end.  Randy Singer has never disappointed me as a reader, and I eagerly look forward to every book.  His courtroom experience is evident and makes every scene authentic.

Randy's faith is also evident, and he shares his believe in Christ through the lives of his characters, doing so seamlessly and with solid truth.  This is why I hold him in higher esteem than any other legal thriller novelist in the fiction marketplace.

I received a copy of "Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales" from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for an honest review.  Honestly, you cannot go wrong with a novel by Randy Singer.  Highly Recommended.

Happy Reading!



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