Thursday, March 29, 2012

Book Review for Randy Singer’s The Last Plea Bargain and Giveaway!

                With his latest legal thriller, Randy Singer has written a genuine page-turner that is hard to put down. He does a masterful job of developing the core characters in the story, and demonstrating their progression as the novel moves along. 

                The story centers around Jamie Brock, an assistant DA who, because of her idealistic view of the justice system, refuses to give plea bargains to criminals. A problem arises though when Caleb Tate, a top-notch criminal defense attorney, is accused of murdering his wife and trying to cover it up. As a ploy to clog up the justice system, Tate convinces an entire prison system to refuse plea bargains of any kind, forcing prosecutors and public defenders to go to trial with every single criminal case. This story line, combined with some intense subplots that surround the man on death row for the murder of Jamie’s mother, a few conflicted personalities with questionable integrity, and a nice twist all combine to keep the reader engaged and guessing throughout. 

                Jamie is brought face to face with some of her deepest convictions and beliefs and is forced to look at her entire life in a fresh way that, with the help of her minister brother, pushes her towards the faith that she had previous turned away from. It is a story of redemption and triumph of good over evil, but if you think that makes for a predictable story, you’d better pay close attention, because those in need of redemption and those in need to exposure are not always who they at first glance may seem!

                While book contains some advanced technology and complicated legal issues, it is not science fiction. With the perfect set of circumstances, it is possible that the events Singer portrays could be played out in the real world- yet another factor that makes the book so riveting. 

               With all the positives, Singer has two glaring, but minor weaknesses. First, he wraps up the story much too quickly. Everything builds up to a climax and the story ends a few pages later. It is almost a let down, but not quite. Second, the romantic subplot in the story flips like a coin and comes across almost like a bad romance novel. Because of everything else going on, there isn’t much space to develop the love interest, so when the rug gets pulled out, it seems somewhat fake and oversimplified. However, these two criticisms should not be allowed to take away from what in all other aspects is a fantastic book from a well respected Christian author. 

I give it 4.75 out of 5 stars….almost perfect, but with a little room for improvement!

I received a free copy of this book (ARC) from Tyndale publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 Check out the book trailer here.

Now for the giveaway. . .

Some of you may be wanting to get your hands on this book and let me share how you can do that.  

Simply post a comment below stating why you would like to win a copy of this book between now and midnight on Sunday.  Then one person will be randomly selected to receive a certificate to be redeemed at their local Christian bookstore (or if no store is available, through Tyndale - instructions will be on the back of the certificate).  Plus the winner will also receive a bookplate signed by Randy to put in their book once they get it.  If you win, you will be contacted by email so that I can forward your name and address to Tyndale.  They will send the certificate to you via the mail.  (Sorry this giveaway is limited to the United States only.)

So go ahead, comment below as to why you would like a copy Randy Singer's newest book, The Last Plea Bargain. 



  1. I would like to win a copy since it takes our library forever to get in new Christian books to read. Rachel

  2. I can't get enough of this kind of stuff even in my free time. -Judge Judy

  3. Thanks, the winner will be notified!


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