Saturday, May 10, 2008

By Reason of Insanity by Randy Singer

The legal thriller genre is one of my favorites. I love John Grisham, William Bernhardt, Steve Martini to name a few authors. There's something so exciting about the combination of courtroom tension and the unraveling of a case, lawyers matching wits and of course the awesome education in law I get. I feel I'm an expert you know!

But Randy Singer may well be my favorite author in this genre. The cases he highlights are always so interesting, unique looks at different situations. His characters are varied and interesting and his pacing is great. His latest, By Reason of Insanity, is no exception.

Here's a little bit about the book: After a series of kidnappings and murders in Virginia Beach, newspaper reporter Catherine O'Rourke experiences disturbing dreams that detail each crime. In an effort to aid the investigation, she shares them with her confidential source--a detective working on the case. Catherine's intimate knowledge of the crimes immediately makes her a prime suspect. When scientific evidence corroborates her guilt, she's arrested and charged with murder. As she begins to doubt her own innocence, Catherine turns to Las Vegas lawyer Quinn Newberg, a high-priced specialist in the insanity defense. Quinn believes in justice, Vegas-style. But he doesn't believe in the supernatural, or that Catherine's dreams are anything other than the result of a fractured personality disorder. Who can understand the human mind? Quinn knows that insanity cases are unpredictable, but nothing had prepared him for this! To win, or even survive, Quinn will need more than his famed legal maneuvering and biting skepticism. On this case, he needs a miracle.

This was another great title from Randy Singer. From the first few pages, you're drawn into the idea of whether or not the insanity plea is a good one. Throughout the book, it's impossible to tell what's really going on with Catherine and you may switch your opinion several times! The book is fast-paced and hard to put down. Perfect for the lover of the legal thriller or any mystery in general.

Best news? It's now available!


Carole said...

Amy, I also love courtroom thrillers, and am slowly working my way through the many Perry Mason books.

I didn't think I would like Randy Singer's books, but you've convinced me to try. Thanks for the review!

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