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Fatal Convictions

Fatal Convictions

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by Randy Singer

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Alexander Madison is part lawyer, part pastor, and part con artist. When a Muslim imam is accused of instigating honor killings, Alex must decide whether to take the case that every other lawyer in town is running away from. He doesn’t realize until it’s too late that defending the imam may cost him the one thing in life he cares about most. Fatal

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rlighthouse More than 1 year ago
Another excellent legal thriller by Randy Singer!   His role as both a pastor and a lawyer comes into play when Alexander Madison visits hospitals.  He can visit parishoners experiencing a hospital stay or find potential new customer in need of a lawyer. On one such visit to the hospital he finds a Muslim lady who experienced a closed head injury and when finally getting the family to agree to have legal representation he was opening the door for so much more. A Muslim leader is accused of honor killings and Alex must decide if he is willing to take the case that no one else in town wants. Like other books that Randy Singer has written this one was hard to put down, there are so many twists and turns that the reader is left guessing until the very end!
Maciemollysdad More than 1 year ago
This is the third Randy Singer book that I have read and I will definitely be reading many more. This book, as with the other ones that I have read, was hard to put down. The main character is relatable and the.story is easy to follow. The storyline ends up having a big twist that makes the book even better than expected. All lovers of John Grisham will love Singer's books since his style is similar but you also get the additional spiritual element too.
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MPadrelanan More than 1 year ago
The lawyer -Alexander Madison, also a part-time pastor with a case that no lawyer in his right mind would want. The defendant - Khalid Mobassar, a Muslim imam known to be a reformist. All the evidence collected points directly to Khalid. The crime - a Muslim wife, who recently converted to Christianity, was found brutally murdered with her alleged boyfriend buried alive beside her. Fatal Convictions, by award-winning writer Randy Singer, is an explosive legal thriller that will hook you from its first page to the last. From the time you start reading it, you will not want to put it down. With an exciting and unexpected twist at the end, the story will move you to think about your own convictions. I love this book! I'm a big fan of John Grisham, so a book that says that this author is the Christian John Grisham is quite intriguing for me. When I received this book, I excitedly started reading it and had a hard time putting it down. He doesn't dwell on so many long, drawn-out descriptions, but he tells the story straight. Each chapter is only 4-5 pages long so it never becomes boring. Is he indeed the Christian John Grisham? No, he is Randy Singer with his own brand of story-telling. He doesn't just tell this story masterfully, he also directs his readers to think about their own convictions in life. This book is one of the reasons why I have such a great appreciation for Christian fiction. If you are a big fan of legal thrillers, Fatal Convictions is a worthy read. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House as part of their Book Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Fatal Convictions by Randy Singer is a thrilling and intelligent mystery. Alex Madison is trying to fulfill both his father and grandfather's expectations: he's a pastor like his dad, and a lawyer like his grandfather. It makes for an interesting business card and an intriguing hero. He begins working a personal injury case representing a Muslim woman, the wife of an imam who suffered a brain injury after her car was run off the road by a semi-truck, but his case takes a sudden turn when the imam is arrested for being behind the honor killing of a young wife from his congregation for becoming a Christian. All of the evidence points directly to his client, but Alex has a gut feeling that something bigger is going on. His quest to prove his client's innocence will take him from Virginia to a Hezbollah camp in Lebanon and will expose the deepest prejudices Christians have against Muslims, as well as the conflict within Islam itself. Singer is a stand-out writer of legal thrillers, and he just seems to get better and better. His writing is also incredibly intelligent and he takes care to look at both sides of an issue. I think that many readers will be surprised at the nuanced portrayal of Islam by a Christian writer. Just a warning about the book: don't pick it up if you don't have a lot of time to read, because once you start, you won't be able to stop!
JanetRuth More than 1 year ago
Fast-paced courtroom drama, mystery, romance, faith, kidnapping, deceit, honor killings, infidelity, and so much more are included in this amazing book. There is a quote on the front cover of Fatal Convictions from Publishers Weekly that says,"Singer is every bit as enjoyable as John Grisham." I couldn't agree more with this statement, in fact ... I enjoyed this book even more than any Grisham books I have read. The events that happened in this story are ones that need to be talked about. There were many times that I had to put the book down and walk away for a while, as it was just too much to digest. Yet I was drawn back time and again, needing to find out what happened next. This story has given me a fresh appreciation for living in a free country where it is safe to follow our hearts and our beliefs without fear of persecution. I can't imagine what it would be like for Muslims who have converted to Christianity, and how their families may retaliate. I highly recommend this book and will definitely be looking for more books written by Randy Singer.
onedesertrose More than 1 year ago
Alex Madison is your typical personal-injury lawyer at Madison and Associates, following in his grandfather's footsteps. He's also a part-time, Christian pastor, following after his father's footsteps. Then he meets Khalid, the Muslim imam for the Norfolk Islamic Learning Center. His wife, Ghaniyah Mobassar, is in the hospital recuperating from closed-head injuries due to a car accident. Alex later represents them in their civil case. He structures his legal work by his grandfather's "Competitive Edge" list for attorneys. Ja'dah Fatima Mahdi was the wife of a prominent Muslim leader in the Learning Center, Fatih Mahdi. She had secretly converted to Christianity and was savagely murdered under the 'honor killing' system. All the circumstantial evidence of Ja'dah's murder points back to Khalid Mobasser. Since Alex and his associate, Shannon Reese, were handling their personal injury case, they were asked to handle the murder case as well. When push comes to shove, they hesitatingly take on the high-profile case, mainly based on the fact that they truly believed in Khalid's innocence. Khalid's daughter came over from Lebanon to help with her father's defense, but they find her more of an opinionated nuisance than a help. Their world as they knew it was turned upside down! Randy plunges us into a nightmare of legal maneuverings as Alex and Shannon battle against the media vultures, pressure for Alex to step down from his pastoral leadership or quit the case, prejudice, and the ever-increasing, damaging evidence of Khalid's direct involvement in the murder. You are personally enveloped into the nightmare as you live through the characters' sleepless nights, the overwhelming evidence stacking up against their client, their undying commitment to the case, the never-ending nights at the office, and their dangerous rendezvous' to defend their client. Randy's use of flashbacks is instrumental in understanding the past and current events, exposing the rift between the clashing Muslim ideology. Additional plots are intertwined throughout the trial, keeping you vigilant of the ever-present danger. Remember, while entangled with the legal wranglings of the trial, the merciless, vengeful assassin is still on the loose! As a legal assistant, I can attest to Randy's descriptions of the madness of the trial, the conversations they entertain, the feelings of exhaustion, the prosecuting attorney's tenacity, long nights of work, and the determination of the lawyers to convict/defend Khalid. He fleshes out his characters in the light of reality. Are you ready to die for your convictions? I checked this out from my local library.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Randy Singer in his new book, "Fatal Convictions" published by Tyndale House Publishers gives us a legal thriller that just might happen any day now. Alexander Madison, attorney and part-time pastor is working a personal injury case for the wife of an imam, the prayer leader of a mosque, when he gets a call that the police are at the iman's house searching the place and asking questions. Alex goes to Khalid Mobassar's house to represent him and finds that the police consider him a prime suspect in the honor killing of the wife of a leader of the mosque who converted to Christianity. Now a Muslim imam and a Christian pastor must set aside religious differences and work together to prove Khalid innocent of the charges brought against him. The problem is that all the evidence seems to prove that he is guilty and more murders are committed to muddy things along. When I grew up I loved watching and reading lawyer stories especially Perry Mason. Every week Mason would get an impossible case and not only prove his client innocent but expose the guilty party all within an hour. In "Fatal Convictions" Randy Singer not only brings back that kind of courtroom magic but gives us a case that seems ripped from the newspaper headlines. In the book Muslim lawyers want to defend Mobassar but he has asked Alex, a Christian pastor to defend him. Should that be a problem? Does one belief system negate dealing legally with another belief system? How do you deal with members of the congregation that do not approve? Mr. Singer delves into all of that and much, much more in his book. Once you get past the firestorm of controversy that this book brings out then you get to the core which is every person has the right to the best legal counsel no matter race or religion. For me that was when the fun really began as, we the reader, were forced to make a decision as to the guilt or innocence of Mobassar. Mr. Singer is constantly providing us with information and it is up to us to sort it all out to help us come to our conclusions. I actually thought I had it all figured out and was feeling quite proud of myself until we got to the end and Mr. Singer explained it all. This is a very satisfying roller coaster ride that will have you breathless in some parts and reading faster in others to try to keep up. It is well worth your time to read this book; you will be glad you did To listen to 24 Christian music please visit our internet radio station www.kingdomairwaves.org Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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Sha-sha More than 1 year ago
Alexander Madison is part lawyer, part pastor, and part con artist. When a Muslim imam is accused of instigating honor killings, Alex must decide whether to take the case that every other lawyer in town is running away from. He doesn't realize until it's too late that defending the imam may cost him the one thing in life he cares about most. Fatal Convictions is the story of a lawyer willing to risk it all and the women who must choose between faith and love. Set in Virginia Beach, this book examines the stereotypes and misconceptions about faith. It traces one man's race against time as he searches for truth in order to save another's life. His search leads him across the ocean to the heart of Beirut. In the process, he is forced to question his motives and examine his values. His faith is tested and the time comes when he has to decide what he stands for and if he is going to stand at all. This is typical of each and every one of us. We all get to the point where we need to know what we stand for and why we are standing. What our parents said or the Pastor (Imam) taught will no longer hold. It has to be a personal choice and a personal discovery. The book is replete with several quotable nuggets of wisdom but one I particularly liked was "The test of faith is not just whether it helps you live well; the real test of faith is whether it allows you to die well" Death, or the willingness to die is a strong theme in this book. The women that were beheaded were willing to die. The Imam got to a state where he was ready to die. And Alex Madison committed to doing what he knew was right even when possible death stared him in the face. This book was very well researched. Being a lawyer and a Pastor himself , the author was able to get into the DNA of both. What is truly awesome here is how he was able to present both religions (Islam and Christianity) with such objectivity and knowledge. Reading the book, you are left to make up your mind about a lot of things. If you are one of those readers who does not like being spoon-fed in a novel, this is definitely for you. Fatal Convictions contains a really strong narrative, showing Randy Singer as a master story teller. He keeps you hanging at the edge of your seat till the very end. Even though I guessed whodunnit - correctly, I was still taken by surprise. There are some unexpected twists and surprises. It is definitely a book worth reading. Disclaimer: Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.
EJS More than 1 year ago
When Virginia Beach pastor and lawyer Alex Madison takes on the case of Khalid Mobasser, Imam at the Norfolk Islamic Learning Center, many in his congregation get upset. Khalid is accused of ordering an honor killing of a Muslim woman who converted to Christianity. While Alex is concerned that the backlash from taking the case might have a negative effect on his law practice and attendance at his church, he decides to represent Khalid. Even though the evidence against Khalid is overwhelming, Alex feels like Khalid just might be innocent. Khalid is a reformer and conservative Muslim who does not support the likes of Hezbollah. At least he does not support them now. Is someone framing him or is he just a superb actor? This legal thriller kept me up until 1:45 am even though I knew that as the parent of a 6 month old, I needed to get my sleep! A lot of times I can guess how a book will end, but this one kept me guessing. Fatal Convictions was very thought provoking. I was provided an advanced reader copy for review purposes by the Tyndale Blog Network.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The case is controversial as affirmed by no lawyer in Virginia Beach wanting to defend Khalid Mobasser, the Muslim Imam for the Norfolk Islamic Learning Center. He is accused of encouraging and causing honor killings especially when a Muslim male killed his wife for converting to Christianity. Personal injury attorney Pastor Alexander Madison is wary to take on such a charged defense in which the media prefers to hang anyone who wants to insure the Imam receives a fair trial. Making his decision more difficult is criminal law is not his expertise. However, upon meeting the accused and reviewing the evidence, Alexander believes the Imam is innocent. He begins his unpopular defense believing he knows the full cost to himself; but is unaware until it may be too late to know the personal price of doing so. This is an excellent legal thriller that grips the audience from the onset when the seemingly sleazy ambulance chaser Reverend Madison offers his legal skill to Imam Mobasser at the hospital where the latter's wife is recovering from a severe car accident. The story line is fast-paced with a strong legal base that will have readers questioning the law; for instance if an Imam declares honor killing is acceptable does that makes him an accessory and does a person encouraging abortion killing make that individual an accessory. Readers will relish this thought provoking look at the legal system asking whether there are no limits to religious freedom considering recent SCOTUS Second Amendment activist decisions overcoming decades of local law. Harriet Klausner