After the target of an investigative report storms a Virginia Beach television station, he kills one of the anchors before the SWAT team takes him down. Following the victim's funeral, her family files a lawsuit against the gun company who manufactured the killer's weapon of choice. The lawyers for the plaintiff and defendant--Kelly Starling and Jason Noble--are young, charismatic, and successful. They're also easy blackmail targets, both harboring a personal secret so devastating it could destroy their careers. Millions of dollars--and more than a few lives--are at stake. But as Kelly and Jason battle each other, they discover that the real fight is with unseen forces intent on controlling them both.
Christy Award-winning novelist and lawyer Singer (Directed Verdict) lets the action sprint out of the gate with a murder in the first few pages. With murderer and victim dead, the moral issue of gun control takes center stage in the book, with a number of side dilemmas. The opposing counsels in the gun control case are young, ambitious lawyers, and both have hidden sins that could sink their careers. A law firm that both worked for further complicates the action. Singer piles the moral and plot complexities a bit too high; the backstories of main characters Jason Noble and Kelly Starling are relevant, but the tangled relationship between Jason and his cop father bogs down the action. The legal-thriller genre lends itself to the pattern of conversion that evangelical Christian novels require, and Singer offers logical character developments that aren't heavy-handed. The only stock feature in this well-plotted novel is the generic, fakey-sounding names (Brad Carson, Kelly Starling). But that's a quibble about a book that will entertain readers and make them think-what more can one ask? (July)
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1 . Very engaging
Posted March 11, 2011 by jaguar81452 , Charlotte, NCThis book was engaging from start to finish. The opening scene is incredibly gripping, and the characters are great. The biggest thing I loved about this book is the fact that it takes a non-biased look at both sides of the gun debate. Singer creates likable (and non-likable) characters for each side, and the novel really gets you questioning how you would rule were you on the jury. Great and very timely look at the issue of gun control. Somewhat similar to Grisham's "Runaway Jury" regarding thematic material. However, this was inspired by an actual case that Singer tried earlier in his career. Several twists and surprises are there for you enjoyment. And the cool thing is that the verdict of this book was determined by Singer's readers! (He explains this in the preface and then again in the afterward). Highly recommended legal fiction. Singer is great.
Tyndale House Publishers
June 13, 2009
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