Monday, April 16, 2012

Book Review: The Last Plea Bargain by Randy Singer & Book Giveaway

Title: The Last Plea Bargain
Author: Randy Singer
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Date: March 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4143-3321-2
Genre: Legal Fiction / Suspense

How well do you forgive

Jamie Brock is a prosecutor who is known for her refusal to plea bargain. As she waits for the execution of her mother’s murderer, she doubts the supposed religious conversion he claims, sits at her dying father’s bedside, and fends off a pastor-brother who believes she needs God. {And you think you have difficult circumstances….} As if that wasn’t enough to deal with, the attorney who represented her mother’s killer is now, himself, indicted for murdering his wife by poisoning. As Jamie leads the prosecution, the defendant convinces criminals not to plea bargain, effectively jamming the criminal justice system.

Randy Singer draws us into the world of the prosecutor with just enough technicalities to understand the legalities but not so much mumbo-jumbo that the reader is distracted or confused. The legal explanations are woven so seamlessly into the story that the reader comes away with a sense of what it is to be a lawyer.

What I appreciate the most about Singer is that his faith shines through in how he keeps the story squeaky clean, not just the nitty-gritty of a murder case but also the romance. Yes, there is an execution, and yes, I did need a box of tissues. But the story also focuses on the characters, their growth and their relationships to each other and to God. And the way every loose thread is tied up at the very end is absolutely breathtaking.

Murder is a grisly thing to think about, but grisly things happen all around us all the time. It’s impossible to hide our heads in the sand and ignore the horrible things in life. Randy Singer’s book forces us to ask ourselves how well we handle the incredibly difficult times in life. Do we allow ourselves to become bitter and angry? Or do we forgive? And how do those decisions affect those around us – perhaps their very lives?

My favorite line in the book? “Not being able to forgive someone is like a cancer. Even if you get revenge, it pretty much destroys your soul.” I’ll let you read it to figure out who said this and why.

Now for the book giveaway! Become a "follower" of my blog at the right of the page, and you get one entry in the hat. Leave a comment today (through midnight) on this post, and that will earn you another entry in the hat. If you already are a follower, you already have one entry.

For you ladies who read my blog and legal suspense isn’t really your cup of tea, why not try to win anyway? It might be a good gift idea for a husband, father, son, or brother.

I'll post results tomorrow. Thanks, and happy reading!


P.S. My legal mumbo-jumbo: Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary Advance Reader Copy for the purposes of this review.

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  1. Sounds like an interesting read.

  2. Sounds like a good book. I am a follower of your blog but it doesn't show my picture.

  3. Sounds like a good book. I have read The Justice Game by this was really good!


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