Monday, July 27, 2009

Book Review and Giveaway: "The Justice Game" by Randy Singer

After the target of an investigative report storms a Virginia Beach news studio, he executes one of the anchors on live television before the SWAT team is able to take him down. Following the victims funeral, her family files a lawsuit against the gun company who manufactured the killers weapon of choice.

The lawyers for the plaintiff and defendant Kelly Starling and Jason Noble are young, charismatic, and highly successful. They're also easy blackmail targets, each harboring a personal secret so devastating it could destroy their careers.

Millions of dollars and more than a few lives are at stake. But as Kelly and Jason battle each other, they discover that the real fight is with unseen forces intent on controlling them both.

This book was probably one of the most interesting law suspense novels I've ever read. It's a book that really makes you think about why you believe in certain things and how you came to have that viewpoint. In our country, the debate about gun control is highly controversial and is always a major topic during political elections. When one hears about a shooting, it's always easy to want to place the blame on someone. The immediate need is to bring someone and have justice done to make they pay for what has happened. In this case the widower of the murdered newscaster wants to bring down the gun manufacturer. The two young lawyers in this book have to face the hard questions being thrown at them about who is really at fault and who should take the ultimate blame. I really found the mock jury trials and selections very interesting. It makes one think about how controlled our judicial system really is and what goes on behind closed doors. It's also very scary to think about how lawyers can be manipulated by outside forces which can throw off an entire case. Since I'm from the Hampton Roads area, it was nice seeing a book set in Virginia Beach. It's always fun to see a book set in a location that I'm very familiar with and you can point out the places that really do exist. For example, The Purple Cow really does exist!

I felt that the ending seemed a bit rushed. I just felt that there was a lot of buildup in the entire book and the finale seemed a tad flat. I know however that readers chose this ending after watching video clips, so I'm not sure what to make out of that. However, my only true qualm was that Lisa was not the only victim of the fatal shooting, yet I didn't seem to recall any other family members of the other victims as part of this trial. This just struck me as very odd that no one else seemed to care except for her husband.

This was my first book by Randy Singer that I've read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This book is on par with other law thrillers such as those by John Grisham. In fact, this book reminded me of "Runaway Jury" with it's premise, just minus the strong language. I'm looking forward to going back and reading the rest of Singer's books and will be on the lookout for his new ones.

The Justice Game by Randy Singer is published by Tyndale (2009)

I'm giving away a brand new copy of today's book! Leave a comment with your email address so I can contact you if you win. I'll pick a name and announce the winner on Monday, August 3. US addresses only . Good luck!

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ENTRIES WITHOUT CONTACT INFO WILL NOT BE ENTERED.

38 comments:

  1. randy singer is great!!! i have "directed verdict"...well worth a read if you want to pick up another of is! please enter me here...i have a US address available.

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  2. Please include me in the drawing for The Justice Game. Thanks!

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  3. This sounds like a good one. Thanks for entering me.
    tokemise@hotmail.com

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  4. I've been wanting to read Singer; I'd love to win this one.

    WordLily AT gmail DOT com

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  5. This sounds like an interesting take on the gun issue. I've never read anything by Singer, but he sounds like a good author!

    melanies--musings@live.com

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  6. Count me in please.

    cindyc725 at gmail dot com

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  7. I'd love to be included in the drawing for Randy Singer's book - he's a terrific author!

    maureen DOT kopper @ gmail dot com

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  8. Please include me, thanks!

    delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. I grew up in the Tidewater area, so I'd love to read this one! Please enter me! milou2ster(at)gmail.com

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  10. I'd sure love to win this awesome sounding book. Otherewise I may have to add it to my already overloaded WL at PBS. Thanks for offering it. You can contact me through PBS (ID is LDN) or at lisadnelson@gmail.com

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  11. Please enter me in this drawing. This book sounds really good. Thanks
    Lenda ~~ FR

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  12. Anonymous7:50 PM

    Enter me please Deborah. I've lived in the Tidewater area and would enjoy reading this.
    Pattijane @ PBS

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  13. I am from VA Beach area too! I have never read any of Randy's novels...yet. Please enter me to win.
    cmrobin at bellsouth net

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  14. entering for Cheryl/mamakane

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  15. Anonymous9:47 PM

    Hi! Please sign me up for the giveaway. You give away such cool books! :)

    ConnieJ at FR

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  16. I've so enjoyed Randy Singer's books. I would love a chance to win this book.
    Blessings,
    hollymag at gmail dot com

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  17. Anonymous8:41 AM

    Sounds like a great book! Please enter me in your drawing. PBS ID: yrgniew

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  18. It sounds like his books are very good. I would love to read this one. Thank you for the giveaway!
    Carol M
    mittens0831 AT aol.com

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  19. This sounds like a good read-- please enter me.

    I-comment at deLeons.com

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  20. I helped vote for the ending. Now I'd like to win to see what the verdict is! Please enter me. Thanks.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  21. The review is good, I subscribe, count me in.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

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  22. Deborah, thanks for the wonderful review and for giving away The Justice Game. Good catch, by the way, about whether in real life the other victims would have joined in the suit. As a trial lawyer, I try to make the books as realistic as possible though sometimes (like the example you noticed) I sacrifice a little realism to eliminate unecessary complexity. In any event, The Purple Cow was real and did have the best lasagna!

    Thanks everyone for entering!

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  23. Anonymous11:37 PM

    Please include me in the drawing. dianemcpher@verizon.net
    thank you

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  24. Anonymous9:29 AM

    I used to enjoy John Grisham but I haven't read any of his in a while. I would love to read another author of similar style. The gun control issue is always interesting to see how others look at it. Enter my name and I can be contacted through PBS at JoyfulatHome.
    Thanks!

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  25. Please count me in, this sounds like a really exciting book!

    delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  26. I just read one of his books and I'd love to read more! Thanks for including me in this drawing!

    ladyverlina(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  27. Randy's legal thrillers are as good as those in the general fiction market, and I'd love to win The Justice Game. Thank you so much for the giveaway, Deborah.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

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  28. This book sounds very interesting. Love to read it. Please enter me. Thanks!

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

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  29. Deborah M2:11 AM

    Wow- sounds like a page turner. It seems there are more than a few people that would like to get their hands on this suspense book. I guess you can just add me to the list, too.
    Deborah M.
    debbiejeanm@gmail.com

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  30. I've enjoyed Randy's books. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of his new book. Please put my name in the hat. Thanks.

    Nora
    Finding Hope Through Fiction
    www.psalm516.blogspot.com

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  31. This book sounds great. I would love to win a copy of it. Please enter me in the drawing.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  32. What an interesting premise. I would love to check it out. Thanks for the review.

    pleblanc_1[at]charter[dot]net

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  33. Anonymous12:05 PM

    I just got done reading RANDY SINGER'S book, DYING DECLARATION and it was so good I couldn't put it down! He is a wonderful author! Thank you for this site and for the chance to win one of his books!

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    thank you!

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  34. I've so enjoyed other books by Randy Singer. I would love a chance to win this one!!
    hollymag(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. Wow with all these enteries I will have to be super lucky to win, but it sounds like a great novel, so I had to enter. :)

    Thanks,
    Stormi
    ladystorm282001[at]yahoo[dot]com

    http://writesthoughts.blogspot.com

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  36. Please include me in your giveaway.
    Thanks
    Debbie
    debdesk9(at)verizon.net

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  37. Wow, the premise of this story sounds terrific! Please enter me. Thank you!

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  38. I'd like to be entered. I'm just in time too.
    jessica(at)fan(dot)com

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