Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales is the first Randy Singer book I have read. A legal thriller with multiple story lines, this book is set in my favorite seaside town of Virginia Beach. The story moves along at a fast pace, bodies drop, and the crime is high tech. The protagonist is a quarterback turned lawyer, a rarity in itself if I do say so.
Landon Reed is a famous quarterback who gets caught in a points shaving scandal and faces jail time. His faithful girlfriend waits for him to get out of prison. Now Landon is a lawyer with a family, waiting to clear the bar exam. Harry McNaughten gives Landon a chance and hires him for his small firm. Elias King is a former prosecutor who is facing multiple charges including murder. Landon is deep into helping Harry with the case when Harry is killed in a mugging. Harry’s two other partners die in an accident.
Landon’s wife Maggie gets an unexpected career break when she gets to do a piece on Cipher, a top notch security firm. Sean Phoenix has his own agenda – revenge on the people who had his girlfriend killed years ago. Is Sean behind the shooting attempt on Landon? Is he trying to secretly kill the Reeds while pretending to be their friend?
Some things in the book might be hard to swallow. Like a just minted lawyer trying a high profile murder case in court. There are many conspiracies here, and the end is unexpected. Landon Reed finds faith in prison and the family leaves things to God or believes everything is for the best. Landon’s friend is a skeptic who finds faith by the end of the book. I am not sure how I feel about these scenes in a thriller. I suppose it is uncommon? Can you picture Steven Segal or Jason Stratham halting their action in the middle of a kick to pray? But these things did not deter me from reading the book in almost one sitting.
Comparisons to John Grisham are inevitable when you are reading a legal thriller. Especially because I grew up reading John Grisham books. I think Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales is simpler than a Grisham – lesser characters, simpler plots, small firms, and less deep rooted conspiracies.
Overall, Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales is an enjoyable thriller. One you might enjoy reading while sipping a drink at Catch31 with the fires going strong, the waves of the ocean lapping against the golden sand, the statue of Neptune looming in the distance. I certainly look forward to reading more books by Randy Singer.
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