Plea bargains may grease the rails of justice, but for Jamie Brock, prosecuting criminals is not about cutting deals. In her three years as assistant DA, she’s never plea-bargained a case and vows she never will. But when a powerful defense attorney is indicted for murder and devises a way to bring the entire justice system to a screeching halt, Jamie finds herself at a crossroads. One by one, prisoners begin rejecting deals. Prosecutors are overwhelmed, and felons start walking free on technicalities. To break the logjam and convict her nemesis, Jamie must violate every principle that has guided her young career. But she has little choice. To convict the devil, sometimes you have to cut a deal with one of his demons.
Title: The Last Plea Bargain
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Pub Date: March 01, 2012
Randy Singer is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author and veteran trial attorney. He has penned more than 10 legal thrillers and was recently a finalist with John Grisham and Michael Connelly for the inaugural Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction sponsored by the University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal. Randy runs his own law practice and has been named to Virginia Business magazine's select list of "Legal Elite" litigation attorneys. In addition to his law practice and writing, Randy serves as 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 civil litigation at Regent Law School and, through his church, is involved with ministry opportunities in India. He and his wife, Rhonda, live in Virginia Beach. They have two grown children. Visit his website at www.randysinger.net.
This book draws you into the world of the legal system, where everything seems to be allowed to obtain a verdict, either for or against the accused. In the person of Jamie Brock we see all the loopholes and legal tricks and personal emotions the defense lawyers, prosecutors and judges use to obtain a verdict or outcome that often has nothing to do with justice or the truth. The plot is intricate and sometimes hard to follow but the ending is fantastic as everything comes together in the truth, but maybe not justice.
Randy Singer hit another home-run with this book, which I think is an ideal storyline to make into a feature film. I give this book a rating of five out of five. The Last Plea Bargain is a great example of creative writing with a deep understanding of our legal system. Thank you Randy for this great novel.
Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of Tyndale House Publishers, in exchange for my honest review.