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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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At the center of the heart-pounding action are the moral dilemmas that have become Singer s stock-in-trade. . . . An exciting thriller. <br /> --Booklist on By Reason of Insanity --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414316348
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414316345
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,000,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Based on a real-life case attorney Randy Singer tried ten years ago, The Justice Game artfully portrays both sides of the gun rights debate. Interestingly, Singer didn't set out to convert anyone. He told me, "I wanted to write a book so balanced that both sides would look at it and say, `That fairly represents our case.'"

The Justice Game opens in TV news reporter Rachel Crawford's point of view. A crazed gunman named Larry Jamison, the subject of a scathing news report, barges into the studio and shoots Rachel dead. The crime is clearly caught on film, but it's not the killer who ends up in court during The Justice Game. Rachel's grieving husband sues the manufacturer of Jamison's assault weapon for her wrongful death. He believes they are responsible since they knew the gun store who sold the weapon was known for illegal straw sales.

But this story isn't about Rachel as much as it's about young and ambitious defense attorney Jason Noble and up-and-coming prosecutor Kelly Starling. Both believe in their clients. Both are on top of their games. And both have pasts worthy of blackmail. Mix in the intriguing concept of a cutting edge company who predicts the outcome of trials for financial gain using shadow juries, and you have a true Randy Singer plot--full of delightful twists and turns you never saw coming.

Pay careful attention during the beginning chapters. Because so many of these concepts are unfamiliar, and many key players aren't introduced until later in the story, there's the potential for confusion. But there's also a great glimpse into the fascinating aspects of shadow juries and we come to understand why gun control is such a visceral issue to so many.
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When I start a Christian mystery, particularly a Christian legal thriller, I really want to love it. I want there to be books in the genres I read with a Christian perspective that are every bit as good as -- or even better -- than the secular versions. I thought the subject matter of the book was very interesting and the author made such an effort to be balanced between the sides. That it was based on a case personal to the author made me look forward to reading it.

But the reason I didn't enjoy it as much as the other reviewers all did is the same reason I quit reading Grisham books -- the over-the-top conspiracy aspect and fairly young attorneys doing things that seem to be beyond their experience. Adding Justice Inc. to the plot taxed my ability to suspend disbelief. I also didn't believe a large firm like Kelly Starling's employer would let an associate do such a high profile case alone, even if it was pro bono. Nor did I think a manufacturer would entrust an extremely inexperienced lawyer like Jason to try a case that could bankrupt them. I can usually overlook one or two unbelievable things in a book but this book had too much for me to suspend disbelief and go with the flow. The book would have been more believable if the lawyers had been more experienced and the case had progressed on a more realistic timetable (unless the courts in Virginia are a lot less busy than those in Minnesota, the case would never have moved that quickly).

I will definitely read more of the author's books but I hope he will try to write more believable courtroom dramas and not throw in artificial thrills.

ETA: I got a comment letting me know that cases in Virginia do move that quickly.
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After a tragic shooting on the set of a television news station, two lawyers from two different worlds go head to head to try a gun control case with long lasting implications. While both Jason Noble and Kelly Starling hold nothing back in their quest for justice, it seems outside influences will stop at nothing to get their verdict. Both Jason and Kelly must find a way to try a fair case in the midst of deception, conspiracy, and the public eye.

With The Justice Game, Randy Singer wasn't content to just write another compelling legal thriller. This time around he decided to let his fans decided the verdict in an online poll taken months before publication. An author who lets his fans determine the outcome of his novel? Surely Singer has lost his mind. Well, not only has Randy Singer not lost his mind, but he has given his fans one of his most riveting novels to date.

Singer is always at the top of his game with his ability to throw large chunks of information at his audience while somehow making each line interesting and relevant. Gun control has and always will be a hot topic in our society and Singer gives both sides of the argument equal screen time. The characters of Jason Noble and Kelly Starling are masterfully crafted helping the reader see the issue impartially through their eyes. It's not often that you find a legal thriller where you like both the defense and the prosecution, but Singer uses this storytelling device effectively with strong character back story throughout.

In case the gun control issue isn't enough of a catalyst for a strong story, Singer introduces us to the shady and elusive company, Justice Inc.
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