Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Last Plea Bargain by Randy Singer - REVIEWED

About the Book: (from Tyndale Publishing)
Plea bargains may grease the rails of justice, but for Jamie Brock, prosecuting criminals is not about cutting deals. In her three years as assistant DA, she’s never plea-bargained a case and vows she never will. But when a powerful defense attorney is indicted for murder and devises a way to bring the entire justice system to a screeching halt, Jamie finds herself at a crossroads. One by one, prisoners begin rejecting deals. Prosecutors are overwhelmed, and felons start walking free on technicalities. To break the logjam and convict her nemesis, Jamie must violate every principle that has guided her young career. But she has little choice. To convict the devil, sometimes you have to cut a deal with one of his demons.
My Thoughts:
"Not being able to forgive someone is like a cancer.  Even it you get revenge, it pretty much destorys your soul."  (p. 359)
The journey that Jamie Brock must take through the legal system is brutal.  The man who murdered her mother is awaiting execution, claiming he's innocent and that he's become a saved man while in prison.  In the meanwhile, her dad is struggling for his life and her boss assigns her to a high profile murder case.  Life couldn't get any more confusing!
Or could it?  What would happen if information was withheld?  What difference would it really make if justice was served?  But what if you aren't the only one playing fast and lose with the truth and guilty people go free while innocent people are detroyed?  Not matter if you are in the role of the prosecuting or defense attorney, you are called to make decisions that affect many lives - permanently.
Randy Singer explores a very intricate plot - actually several plots are interwoven - and the reader, like the lawyers in the story,  must ask what is truth and what is not true?  Things are not always what they seem, and sometimes the truth comes to late to save a life.  Wow. That is a huge responsiblity. But it's one that operates in our legal system every day.  And sometimes it takes an awful lot of faith to believe that justice is being served.  And sometimes, even when justice is served, without forgivness the heart remains wounded.
Another powerful story from Randy Singer's pen, folks! One I am happy to recommend to you!
About the Author:
Randy Singer is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author and veteran trial attorney. He has penned more than 10 legal thrillers and was recently a finalist with John Grisham and Michael Connelly for the inaugural Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction sponsored by the University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal. Randy runs his own law practice and has been named to Virginia Business magazine's select list of "Legal Elite" litigation attorneys. In addition to his law practice and writing, Randy serves as teaching pastor for Trinity Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He calls it his "Jekyll and Hyde thing"—part lawyer, part pastor. He also teaches classes in advocacy and civil litigation at Regent Law School and, through his church, is involved with ministry opportunities in India. He and his wife, Rhonda, live in Virginia Beach. They have two grown children. Visit his website at http://www.randysinger.net/.

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