Audiobook Review: Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales

14 Aug

375588_w185Landon 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. Be careful what you ask for. 

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. 

As Landon struggles to keep the firm together, he can’t help but wonder, is the plot related to a shady case from McNaughton & Clay’s past, or to the murder trial he’s neck-deep in now? And will he survive long enough to find out?

pic_lg_singer_randyRandy 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.

My Impressions:

If you are looking for a great legal suspense novel, then look no more — Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales is the book for you. Randy Singer, who usually tells a wonderfully twisting story with surprises aplenty, out did himself on this book. It is easily the best I have read by him.

Landon Reed, convicted of point shaving while an SEC star quarterback, is a recently graduated lawyer looking for a firm to hire him. With his past and the long memories of football fans, Landon is having a hard time finding a job and escaping his past. But Harry McNaughton, a gruff, old school litigator, takes a chance, and Landon finds himself in the midst of a case of a career while navigating family obligations, dodging bullets and cleaning up smear campaigns in the process.

Randy Singer is often compared to John Grisham, and his style is certainly similar. But Singer has a voice of his own, including a subtle faith message and cutting edge plots that do not suffer from obscenity or graphic adult scenes. Singer  writes a riveting suspense novel that focuses on the ins and outs of the legal system, portrays characters realistically, and employs enough twists, turns and surprises to keep a mystery fan scrambling to keep up. Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales kept me guessing right up to the end and had some wonderful surprises I never saw coming. I liked everything about this book.  And since this was an audiobook version, I found the narrator added, rather than detracted, from the reading. I would highly recommend Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales to anyone.

Highly Recommended.

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