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Fatal Convictions by Randy Singer


Cover art: Fatal Convictions Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Fatal Convictions
Author: Randy Singer
Publisher: Tyndale
ISBN-13: 978-1-4143-3320-5
Release Date: August 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Suspense
Year/Setting: Present day, Virginia Beach
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Very Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Randy's Website/Blog: www.randysinger.net

Attorney Alexander Madison is a bit of an ambulance chaser, but has a reputation for being a great personal-injury lawyer. Heís also currently the part-time pastor at his church. He is comfortable in his current life. So when the wife of a local Muslim leader is brutally killed after converting to Christianity, Alex wants no part of defending the Muslim imam who is accused of ordering an honor killing.

Deep down, Alex believes the imam is innocent and decides to represent him in the biggest murder trial ever seen in the area. As pressure and negative publicity increases and the evidence starts to point to his client as the killer, Alex wonders if he made the biggest mistake of his life. Heís losing his clients, he might lose his pastoral job and if the imam is found guilty, he could lose his career as a lawyer.

As others die in more honor killings, Alex begins to wonder if he might not lose more than his careerócould he lose his life?

Fatal Convictions is an intense story that could have been lifted off the pages of any newspaper in the country. Randy Singer writes a compelling story that sheds light onto the tension between Muslims and Christians, but also shows the shadowy ways of terrorists who want to strike fear into the hearts of others.

I liked Alex from the startóeven though I didnít think he should take the case. But, his reasons for accepting a potentially career-ending case showed the true depth of his character and served as a lesson to me in doing what is right, even if itís not popular. I found the mix of mystery and suspense to be enough to keep me turning pages late into the night. While he doesnít throw a bunch of red herrings down for us, I was surprised over and over as more information was revealed. The ending was brilliant and sent chills up and down my spine.

Thereís a bit of a romance worked into the story, but itís done in a way that doesnít take over the real mystery of the book. While Alex tries to find ways to be with the imamís beautiful daughter and even takes a trip to Lebanon with her, the business at hand keeps pulling them apart. I could see the spiritual truths presented, but Randy Singer doesnít preach to us at all in his story. The story is the story and you are left to draw your own conclusions. He weaves together such a brilliant tapestry that it helped clarify some of my own spiritual misconceptions. A great teacher doesnít have to lecture to make a point. Thatís what I found in this storyóa point without preaching.

A few rough spots in the book were a little slow to work through, but overall, this story is fast paced and a real page-turner. I canít wait to read the next book Randy Singer writes.


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