“The greatest danger is the illusion that all is well when indeed all is not well.” (p. 86)
Alex Madison spoke these words to his congregation at
Thus the labyrinth of a Muslim family begins to be explored by Alex and his law associate Shannon Reece as they become the defense team for Khalid Mobassar. Khalid is accused of honor killings taking place in the
Fatal Convictions is not a fast-paced novel of drama and action. There are moments of drama and suspense, but the true focus of the novel is the premise that we must never judge circumstances, people or motives by appearance alone. For good reason. Many times those who would have us defend their cause are lying. Many times they are trying to hide the truth because they are ashamed, or because they feel that they are justified in their actions. In this instance, Alex and Shannon are trying to defend a case that is taking place in a house of mirrors, and the truly guilty are hidden by what appears to be truth.
In light of the events that have occurred in the
My only qualm with this novel is that Alex does not seem to possess a strong faith at all. The fact that he is a pastor is dubious at best, and quite frankly I think he placed himself in that position instead of being called by God to that position. His attraction to Khalid’s daughter,
Then again, maybe I’m being judgmental. But since this is supposed to reflect my opinion of the novel, I feel like I must tell you how I feel. The lack of Christian faith in the main characters is pretty significant when you are dealing with characters of another faith that is sincere – but sincerely wrong. Yet Fatal Convictions is important because it addresses a weakness among all Christians to be quick to judge without knowing the facts. The legal system is not an easy thing to navigate. Neither is the human condition. Randy Singer does an exceptional job of taking his readers into the thought-provoking depths of both.
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