About this book
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. 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?
Review Summary: Strong characters, Landon, his wife, Harry McNaughton and even the minor characters had great personalities that added to the complexity of the story. The story was excellent in that it had a primary plot along with a couple of secondary plots that fed the primary plot. The one thing I found interesting is even though the back cover indicates that Harry will be gunned down it happened much later in the story than I expected. The story also provided several twists that gave me that “oh wow!” moments.
Digger Deeper: The first thing that got my attention was the title of the book. Having been a Disneyland passholder for over 20 years Pirates of the Caribbean was my favorite slow ride and my favorite line, “Dead men tell no tales.”
This book did not disappoint. From the opening pages Landon Reed is a character you want to cheer for. He made mistakes, he took responsibilities for those mistakes and left prison a better man than he was when he went in. I loved Landon’s wife, Kerri, as well. As his girlfriend, she stood by him during the tough years while he was in prison, she had his baby girl and gave up her relationship with her family to marry him once he left prison. Both Landon and Kerri had strong personalities but were strongly committed to one other and their faith.
The story was excellent. The author did take awhile to set things up, but the development of the relationship between Harry and Landon played an important role in Landon’s development not only as a lawyer as a Christian. The author also kept me guessing on who was really involved, even though he did drop some subtle hints along the way.
Mystery, espionage, lawyers, and some deceit can be found in this story. There is not a boy meets girl romance in this story, but you do get to see how Landon and Kerri work at developing their relationship and build trust in difficult circumstances.
Disclaimer: I did receive this book from the publisher, but was under no obligation other than to give my honest opinion.
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers (May 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1414375581
- ISBN-13: 978-1414375588
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Author’s Website: http://www.randysinger.net/
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