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The Justice Game Paperback – July 1, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While I stand by my title, I found the book a bit long and complex. Maybe it's because I'm old, but I could have used a cheat sheet to keep up with the characters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by William A. Thompson, III
Truly a new approach to court-based novels. Impressive in the storyline and how it is told. Usually I know who did what before I've read 25% of the book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved it. Wish there was another me to read. Swung back and forth between who was in the wrong in this story. So difficult to put the genie back in the bottle. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Susan Bryan
I love Randy Singer books. I love readying Christian authors that have a great plot to give us. You don't have to be a Christian to enjoy this book, but I believe Christian readers... Read morePublished 4 months ago by G. Roberts