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Directed Verdict [Kindle Edition]

Randy Singer
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In Saudi Arabia, two American missionaries are targeted by the infamous religious police—Muttawa. The man is tortured and killed; his wife arrested on trumped-up charges before being deported to the United States. Compelled by the injustice of her plight, young attorney Brad Carlson files an unprecedented civil rights suit against Saudi Arabia and the ruthless head of the Muttawa. But the suit unleashes powerful forces that will stop at nothing to vindicate the Arabian kingdom. Witnesses are intimidated and some disappear; jurors are bribed; and a member of Brad’s own team may be attempting to sabotage the case. As Brad navigates a maze of treachery and deception, he must gamble his case, his career, and the lives of those he loves on his ability to bring justice to one family, challenge the religious intolerance of a nation, and alter the course of international law. Directed Verdict is a Christy Award–winning novel.


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From Publishers Weekly

There is plenty of room in evangelical Christian fiction for fresh voices, and debut novelist Singer is a promising one. The story opens with some fairly graphic violence as Sarah and Charles Reed, missionaries to Saudi Arabia, are tortured for their Christian faith and framed for cocaine use. Charles dies, and after returning to the U.S., Sarah's life insurance company refuses to compensate her for his death, citing his "addiction." Desperate for the means to raise her two children, she hires attorney Brad Carson, who seizes the opportunity to sue the nation of Saudi Arabia for their persecution of the Reeds. The resulting lawsuit ends up in the courtroom of the Hon. Cynthia Baker-Kline, a prochoice judge who had an earlier run-in with Carson over a prolife protester he represented. Despite opening the novel with a few stereotypes, Singer eventually smashes others, as in his depiction of Carson's legal secretary (who, with her overweight physique, pack-a-day cigarette habit and constant scowl is no Della Street). There's the requisite witnessing, but some suspense as to who does and doesn't convert to Christianity. The pacing would have been improved by some judicious pruning and tightening, but the story is compelling, and the reader is left guessing until the last chapter about the identity of a potential double-crossing informant. Legal thrillers are gaining ground in the evangelical Christian market, and this is an agreeable addition to the genre.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Inside Flap

In the face of injustice, one person committed to a holy cause can make a difference. This is the story of how one lawyer, confronted with the martyrdom of a Christian missionary, stands up to injustice despite seemingly insurmountable odds.

In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, two American missionaries are targeted by the infamous religious police?the Muttawa. The man is tortured and killed; his wife arrested on trumped-up charges before being deported to the U.S.

Compelled by the injustice of her plight, young attorney Brad Carson files an unprecedented civil rights suit against Saudi Arabia and the ruthless head of the Muttawa. But the suit unleashes powerful forces that will stop at nothing to vindicate the Arabian kingdom. Witnesses are intimidated and some disappear, jurors are bribed, and a member of Brad?s own team may be attempting to sabotage the case.

As Brad navigates a maze of treachery and deception, he must gamble his case, his career, and the lives of those he loves?including brilliant co-counsel Leslie Conners?on the ability of his team to bring justice to one family, challenge the religious intolerance of a nation, and alter the course of international law.

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  • File Size: 4175 KB
  • Print Length: 427 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; Reprint edition (June 3, 2011)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00546FN7A
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Randy Singer has a style that is similar to John Grisham, with legal issues developed into in a novel. However, this book has more twists and turns, multiple plot lines, and tackles deeper issues than greed. The basic premise is about a woman who wants to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for the torture and death of her husband by their police. A lawyer and his new aid attempt to take on more than just a powerful government. This brings up international law issues, as well as issues of faith.

I found it hard to put the book down, and was racing to the end. The characters are well defined, although the antagonists are perhaps a bit one-dimensional. The best aspect of the book is the compelling storyline, and the plot twists that are unexpected and keep the reader guessing.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes legal thrillers and good novels that are fun escapes. Despite the fact that Randy Singer is not well known yet, with books as good as this one that deserves to change.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as Grisham's "Testament" October 18, 2002
By MF King
Format:Paperback
Do we really need another John Grisham? Lovers of great fiction, especially legal thrillers, will say a resounding YES! And those who've read "Directed Verdict" will say,"Randy Singer is the new Grisham." This is a great read from page one. The settings are vivid. The characters and dialog are so real I can hear them. And, the story line, although growing out of the very real religious persecution in Saudia Arabia, is uplifting and heartening. You know a book is good when you think about it when you're not reading it, longing to get back to it...that's Directed Verdict. I loved it! Hey, Mr. Singer, when's book 2 coming out?
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Christian legal thriller falls short July 22, 2009
Format:Paperback
I really wanted to like this book: most of the reviews were glowing, I love legal thrillers, and I thought a Christian legal thriller might be good. But it did not work for me at all. The Christian part was fine, the legal part not so good.

First things first: if you are not a Christian (and preferably an evangelical), chances are good you will not like this book. It is not so much the lawyer or his staff who are Christians, it is the two clients whose cases are described in detail. The first is a minister charged with praying outside an abortion clinic (presumably under the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act). That case was included to show how much a particular judge was biased against the protagonist attorney Brad Carson specifically and also against Christians in general. The second client Sarah Reed is the one central to the plot. She was a missionary to Saudi Arabia who, with her late husband, was tortured by the religious police and then arrested on phony drug charges and deported to the U.S. She initially hires Brad because the insurance company denies payment on her husband's life insurance policy. From there, Brad convinces her to sue Saudi Arabia (and the individual torturers) for her torture and for causing her husband's death.

The one thing that really did work for me in this book is the description of the persecution experienced by Christians in the Middle East, especially converts from Islam.

I was much less impressed with the legal parts of the book. If you are a practicing lawyer, there is also a good chance you will not like this book. There were things that did not fit. One small example: the opposing firm disqualifies a judge they don't want to hear the case by offering his clerk a job.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Novel December 16, 2006
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It is unfortunate that Randy Singer is not more well known. He is an excellent writer.

'Directed Verdict' is really a superb novel that is very difficult to put down. It begins with severe religious persecution in Saudi Arabia by the Muttawa - the Saudi religious police. They have targeted an American missionary couple with unspeakable brutality.

Sarah Reed, who is the surviving wife of the couple, pushes for legal recourse in the States to expose their tactics and hopefully prevent more terror directed against Christians.

She hires legal ace Brad Carson and his team who are rather unconventional, but very tenacious. The story contains numerous plot twists. Every time I thought I had the story figured out, it took another turn.

This book is on a par with Grisham's best - his first few novels. Actually, this is even better than that as Singer addresses much more important issues - those with eternal significance.

I highly recommend this book. If you haven't read Randy Singer yet, you don't know what you're missing.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A legal thriller to be sure!!!! July 6, 2005
Format:Paperback
INCREDIBLE!! This book has it all courtroom drama, edge of your seat action, and just the right measure of romance. You have the victim Sarah and her champion Brad. You want the good gal to be vindicated, but at every turn the bad guys seem to be a step ahead. I read this book very quickly, I could not put it down. And when I did I could not get the story out of my head, I just had to know what was going to happen next. This was my first book by Randy Singer and I can say with conviction it will not be my last. He is so much better than John Grisham. I would love to see this book as a movie thriller, it would fly!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed it. Courtroom action is what makes it more interesting to me.
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hard to put down.
Published 5 days ago by carolyn pillai
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! What great twists and turns.
It was great! The author misleads you into thinking one way, and then it's not that way at all. Surprise conclusion to an interesting trial!
Published 24 days ago by Sandra McDonald
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Easy read.
Published 1 month ago by V.Willson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Pretty good read. Kept my interest through to the end.
Published 1 month ago by Trixie
5.0 out of 5 stars A+ book
I simply could not put this book down. Mr. Singer had me visualizing the action all the way through the book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ketsybo
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational!!!
This was an Awesome Read!! I enjoyed it from beginning to end. This is a must read book for all!! You won't put it down!!
Published 2 months ago by Lizzietish
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome book. Couldn't put it down.
Published 2 months ago by Teresa
5.0 out of 5 stars Hanging in suspense
It left me wanting more. I was on the edge of my seat. It ended too abruptly, I want to know
Published 2 months ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Singer does an excellent job of keeping the reader on edge throughout...
Outstanding, suspenseful book on a current issue in the world. Mr. Singer does an excellent job of keeping the reader on edge throughout this book and plays your emotions like an... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Russell H. Hermanson
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More About the Author

Randy Singer is a critically acclaimed author and veteran trial attorney. He has penned nine legal thrillers, including his award-winning debut novel "Directed Verdict." In addition to his law practice and writing, Randy serves as a 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 ethics at Regent Law School and serves on the school's Board of Visitors. He and his wife, Rhonda, live in Virginia Beach. They have two grown children. Visit his Web site at www.randysinger.net.

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