Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Randy Singer's Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales ~ Reviewed

Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales
By: Randy Singer
Tyndale House 
ISBN: 1414375581


Landon Reed is an ex-quarterback convicted of organizing a points-shaving scheme. During his time in prison, he found forgiveness and faith and earned his law degree. Now he longs for an opportunity to prove his loyalty and worth.
Harry McNaughton is one of the founding partners of McNaughton & Clay-and the only lawyer willing to take a chance employing an ex-con-turned-lawyer. Though Landon initially questions Harry's ethics and methods, it's clear the crusty old lawyer has one of the most brilliant legal minds Landon has ever encountered. The two dive into preparing a defense for one of the highest-profile murder trials Virginia Beach has seen in decades when Harry is gunned down in what appears to be a random mugging. Then two more lawyers are killed when the firm's private jet crashes. Authorities suspect someone has a vendetta against McNaughton & Clay, leaving Landon and the remaining partner as the final targets.

I'm a sucker for legal fiction. So Randy Singer's newest was pretty high on my list. The basic premise of Dead Lawyers Don't Tell Tales is pretty convoluted which makes the story that much more fascinating.

Landon Reed is a shamed and just fresh from incarceration former quarterback turned lawyer. He immediately begins to make amends and tries to get his life on the right track. A crusty, seasoned lawyer takes Landon under his wing and things get really interesting after Landon's mentor is killed. In the meantime Landon's wife is getting insider information from a secret source that seems to have access to any secret.

The storyline contains plenty of legal  and relationship drama, seedy characters, some bad ideas and a handful of murders. A crackling plot line whips along at a nice twisty pace and the characters certainly have the reader pulling for the good guys. Imperfect heroes and slightly sympathetic bad guys added a nice layer of depth. A twist at the end caught me by surprise, too.

A great vacation read.

Reviewed by: Kelly Klepfer

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