After a series of kidnappings and murders in Virginia Beach, newspaper reporter Catherine O'Rourke experiences disturbing dreams that detail each crime. In an effort to aid the investigation, she shares them with her confidential source--a detective working on the case. Catherine's intimate knowledge of the crimes immediately makes her a prime suspect. When scientific evidence corroborates her guilt, she's arrested and charged with murder. As she begins to doubt her own innocence, Catherine turns to Las Vegas lawyer Quinn Newberg, a high-priced specialist in the insanity defense. Quinn believes in justice, Vegas-style. But he doesn't believe in the supernatural, or that Catherine's dreams are anything other than the result of a fractured personality disorder. Who can understand the human mind? Quinn knows that insanity cases are unpredictable, but nothing had prepared him for this! To win, or even survive, Quinn will need more than his famed legal maneuvering and biting skepticism. On this case, he needs a miracle.
Inspirational suspense novelist Singer (Directed Verdict) hooks readers from the opening courtroom scene of this tasty thriller, then spurs them through a fast trot across a storyline that just keeps delivering. Catherine O'Rourke is a seasoned reporter who covers trials for Norfolk, Virginia's The Tidewater Times. The latest sexual abuse case she covers hits a little too close to home, and she has a series of disturbing "visions" that suggest first-hand details of the crimes. Soon she finds herself on trial as the "Avenger," a Bible-quoting serial killer. Are her visions spiritual? Or does she have a split personality? She's unsure of her innocence or guilt-and so are her lawyers, including the likeable high-rolling Vegas attorney, Quinn Newberg, who is famous for his insanity defenses. Singer tosses out plot twists with abandon, shattering readers' assumptions but rarely straining their credulity. The characters' lives unpeel like onions, with layers of interesting revelations. Christian faith plays a role in the "visions" but never feels forced. Smooth point of view changes, snappy dialogue, interesting details and unexpected humor enrich the storyline. Like the best suspense novels, the character development is sophisticated enough that readers won't know the villain's identity until the final pages.
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1 . Excellent!
Posted July 31, 2011 by Toni , Ft MyersThis author is just as good as John Grisham or David Baldacci. I just loved the twist near the end. I can't wait to read more from this author. Highly recommend this book.
2 . Great read!
Posted September 10, 2010 by Diane , Charleston, S.C.Legal thrillers are my favorite, and Randy Singer has now been added to my short list of favorite legal thriller authors! I could not put this book down. Legal twists and turns together with Bible references! I can unabashedly recommend this one to EVERYONE.
3 . Outstanding Christian Legal Fiction
Posted March 13, 2010 by Terry , Chicago, ILI have always loved legal and political fiction, but have been frustrated that most authors of that genre do not integrate characters that truly reflect the Christian world. Mr. Singer does that beautifully (without being preachy) in By Reason of Insanity.
For those who know Scripture, try reading this as an allegory - I think you'll be pleased.
4 . A Page Turner!
Posted December 27, 2009 by Auric , Alton ILHard to put down! Lots of plot twists and turns - an excellent legal thriller!
5 . Great Read!!!
Posted December 14, 2009 by Tom , DallasI loved his book. I was very surprised by the end.
6 . Great story telling!
Posted December 12, 2009 by Danielle , St Paul, MNI loved this book, I couldn't put it down! Keeps you interested until the very last page!
7 . Not one for legal thrillers but this one "had me at hello"
Posted December 08, 2009 by Jessica , West JordanWOW! I gotta say, this book captured my attention from page one. I couldn't put the thing down. I even called in sick to work and finish the entire book in one sitting. And that's saying a lot considering I am not one for legal thrillers. In fact, I rarely even give legal thrillers a second look. I will, however, be giving this authors other titles a go.
Fantastic read! Worth taking a day off.
Tyndale House Publishers
April 09, 2008
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