Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales

Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales

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by Randy Singer
     
 

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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

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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?

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Library Journal
While doing time in prison for fixing games, ex-football quarterback Landon Reed earned a law degree. When he gets out, there's only one man willing to take a chance on him—Harry McNaughten of McNaughten and Clay. Not long after, Harry is killed. It looks like a mugging gone wrong, but soon other members of the firm die as well. Landon races against the clock to find the killer. Is it a former client, or are the murders somehow tied to Landon's current case? VERDICT This riveting and thought-provoking legal thriller is sure to please Singer's (The Last Plea Bargain) fans and earn him new ones. Recommend it to those who appreciate Joseph H. Hilley.
Booklist
Singer, the attorney-author of several solid legal thrillers, turns in another winner. Landon Reed used to be a football quarterback, until he fixed a couple of games to make some quick cash. He did his time, then went to law school, and now he’s joined a legal firm run by the affable Harry McNaughten, who is soon killed in a mugging gone wrong. When more members of the firm are killed, Landon suspects these are not random tragedies but deliberate acts of murder. Landon is deeply affected by the men’s death, and the reader shares his grief. As usual, Singer, a pastor and a lawyer as well as a writer, nicely balances the crime drama with his exploration of Christian themes—in this case, exploring a man’s quest for redemption for past sins and the difficult decisions he must make when confronted with a choice between keeping his family safe and bringing a killer to justice. Singer’s many fans will be lining up to read this one.
Booklist Tyndale House Publishers
Singer, the attorney-author of several solid legal thrillers, turns in another winner. Landon Reed used to be a football quarterback, until he fixed a couple of games to make some quick cash. He did his time, then went to law school, and now he’s joined a legal firm run by the affable Harry McNaughten, who is soon killed in a mugging gone wrong. When more members of the firm are killed, Landon suspects these are not random tragedies but deliberate acts of murder. Landon is deeply affected by the men’s death, and the reader shares his grief. As usual, Singer, a pastor and a lawyer as well as a writer, nicely balances the crime drama with his exploration of Christian themes—in this case, exploring a man’s quest for redemption for past sins and the difficult decisions he must make when confronted with a choice between keeping his family safe and bringing a killer to justice. Singer’s many fans will be lining up to read this one.
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A new legal thriller from a master of his craft
Landon Reed is an ex-quarterback convicted of organizing a point-shaving scheme. In prison, he finds forgiveness and faith. After prison, he earns a law degree and longs for an opportunity to prove his loyalty and worth.

Be careful what you ask for.

Harry McNaughten is one of the founding partners of McNaughten and Clay—and the only attorney willing to take a chance employing an ex-con turned lawyer. Though Landon initially questions Harry’s ethics and methods, the crusty old lawyer wins Landon’s respect with his brilliant legal mind and knack for winning. But as the two lawyers prepare for a high-profile murder case, Harry is gunned down in what appears to be a random mugging. Weeks later, the firm’s leased jet explodes over Chesapeake Bay, and two more McNaughten and Clay lawyers are eulogized. Somebody has a vendetta against the firm, and Landon, his family, and his sole remaining partner are 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 McNaughten and Clay’s past, or to the murder trial he’s neck-deep in now? And will he survive long enough to find out?

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ISBN-13:
9781414385815
Publisher:
Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date:
05/01/2013
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DEAD LAWYERS TELL NO TALES


By RANDY SINGER

TYNDALE HOUSE PUBLISHERS, INC.

Copyright © 2013Randy Singer
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ISBN: 978-1-4143-8675-1


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CHAPTER 1

ATLANTA, GEORGIA


LANDON REED EMERGED from his two-year prison sentence into the muggy warmth of an August morning wearing the jeans, gray T-shirt, and sandals that Kerri had dropped off the day before. He squinted as he left the dingy interior of the Fulton County jail and stepped into the crisp, brilliant light of the sun. He held a paper bag containing the suit and shoes he had worn to court two years earlier when he pleaded guilty. There were sunglasses in the bag as well, but Landon had decided not to wear them, concerned they might send the wrong message—a former all-star college quarterback still trying to play it cool.

He had been sentenced for his role in a point-shaving scandal, and it was not surprising that only one former teammate came for his release—his best friend and center, a mountain of a man named Billy Thurston. While Landon served his time, Billy had been drafted by the Green Bay Packers.

The media formed a semicircle around Landon, cameras rolling to capture the scene. The same reporters who had crucified him two years earlier were back to record his moment of freedom and to rile up the Southeastern University fans all over again. Landon didn't hold it against them. He had changed in prison, his bitterness replaced by contrition. But he didn't expect people to understand.

He held it together as he hugged his mother and older sister. They didn't say anything, mindful that the cameras would capture every word. Kerri waited in line, just as she had waited for two years, true to her word, enduring the scorn of most of her old friends. On her hip was the little girl Landon knew would grow into the same kind of strong-willed, independent, beautiful woman her mom was. Maddie had been born after Landon started serving his term. He had never held her outside the prison walls.

Landon and Kerri had scripted this moment. There would be a brief hug; then Landon would say a few words to the press about how much he appreciated Kerri's loyalty. He would answer a few questions. They would keep it low-key. The emotional dam would burst later.

But when Kerri stepped forward to hug him, the script no longer mattered. She started crying, though they had agreed she wouldn't cry and neither would he. Unbidden, tears rolled down his face as well. Kerri buried her head on his shoulder, and they held each other for much longer than they had planned, with little Maddie right there between them, an arm around each of their necks. For the old Landon, the hotshot quarterback of three years ago, this public display of emotion would have been embarrassing. But the new Landon was beyond all that. Once you've been humiliated in the national press, crying in public is no big deal.

The questions started even before the little family disengaged. Kerri handed Maddie to Landon, and when he turned to face the reporters, his little girl turned her back to them, hiding her face in Landon's chest, holding on for her life. It was all overwhelming for an almost-two-year-old.

"What're your plans now?"

"Are you going to play football again?"

"What do you have to say to your teammates and coaches?"

He took them one at a time. "I'm pretty sure my football career is over." Who would want me? "I'm grateful for everyone who stood with me during these last two years." He put his free arm around Kerri's shoulder. He nodded toward his mother and sister, standing on the other side of him. His mom, always a slender woman, looked wiry and gaunt, with tears streaking her face. Prison had aged her even more than him.

"I'm sorry that I let my teammates and coaches and fans down. I know I can never undo the damage I've done to Southeastern University or my own reputation."

Kerri held her head high, as if she were standing next to a prince. His mom and sister kept their chins up as well.

"I'm incredibly grateful to Kerri for waiting for me these past two years. I certainly wouldn't have blamed her if she had moved on to someone else. In terms of what I'm going to do, one of the first things will be tying the knot."

Kerri had her arm around his waist and gave him a little squeeze. The questions kept coming and he patiently addressed each one. Reporters were a cynical lot. Marriage, yeah, yeah—that's quaint. But what about a comeback on the gridiron?

"Are you saying you haven't been contacted by any NFL teams?"

"That's what I'm saying."

"Are you planning on attending any tryouts?"

It was Billy Thurston who decided enough was enough. He stepped between Landon and the microphones and made a little announcement. "Let's respect this family's privacy and let Mr. Reed go about rebuilding his life," he said. And then, as he had done so many times in the past, he cleared a path for his quarterback to follow.

The reporters took this as a cue to ask the same questions louder, shouting at Landon and the others as they worked their way toward the parking lot. Landon, no stranger to the spotlight, knew the drill. Once you've decided the press conference is over, keep your head down, ignore whatever they say, and just keep moving.

They had almost completed the gauntlet when Landon spotted Bobby Woolridge, an older reporter from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution who had always been more than fair. Bobby believed in redemption and had written a piece a few months ago about Landon's jailhouse conversion. Unlike the others, Bobby didn't assume it was just part of a sophisticated PR campaign.

"You going into the ministry?" Bobby asked.

Landon grinned a little and kept walking. "No, Bobby. I hardly think I'm qualified."

"How are you gonna feed your family?"

"I'll figure something out," Landon said. He was tempted to tell Bobby. Sooner or later, it would all come out anyway. But he and Kerri had talked about this. They would keep their plans private until this new wave of publicity had washed over. He had finished his undergrad degree in prison. Now they would start a new life miles away from Atlanta, in a town with lots of history but few SEC football fanatics.

"Good luck," Bobby said.

Billy had double-parked his Land Rover, and they all hopped in, leaving the media behind to snap a few final pictures. As they pulled away, Landon could feel the pressure in his chest begin to loosen. He was a free man again. He could do whatever he wanted.

"Where to?" Billy asked. "Pizza? Burgers? The Varsity?" For Billy, it was always about food.

But Landon had a commitment to keep. "Trinity Church," he said. "We've got our best man and flower girl in the car. No sense giving the bride a chance to change her mind."

Kerri was sitting in the back with Maddie. She leaned forward and placed a hand on Landon's shoulder. "She's had two years to think it over," Kerri said. "She's not getting cold feet now."

They had been planning this day for six months, and Landon couldn't believe it was finally here. It wasn't exactly a dream wedding, but Kerri didn't seem to care. Even her parents' refusal to attend hadn't fazed her. They would have each other, she had said. What else did they need?

That afternoon, the minister at the small church Kerri had been attending made it official. Kerri Anderson became Kerri Reed. And when they made their vows, pledging to stick with each other for better or for worse, the minister actually paused for a moment and turned to Kerri.

"I think you've already got this part down," he said.

Kerri was beaming, as was Landon. And they didn't stop smiling until long after the minister pronounced them man and wife.

Later that day, Kerri said it was the most romantic wedding she could ever have imagined. With just the seven of them in the small sanctuary, it somehow felt more private and intimate. She had been smiling, she said, because it felt so surreal she almost had to pinch herself. The three of them were officially becoming a family. She was Mrs. Landon Reed. Maddie would have her daddy home.

Landon didn't tell her the reason he had been smiling. Like Kerri, the whole experience had felt like a dream. The entire two years behind bars, he kept thinking that any day Kerri might come to her senses, find somebody else, and bolt. She was beautiful and smart with a larger-than-life personality. But she kept coming back. And now, Landon was married to her.

That was enough to make any man smile. But there was also one other thing.

The honeymoon would start that night.


(Continues...)


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rlighthouse More than 1 year ago
Wow! This was the first book I read by Randy Singer and I cannot wait to read his other books. I have enjoyed reading John Grisham books in the past and this book was even better with a Christian perspective added. This story follows Landon and Kerri after Landon's release from prison through his quest to become a lawyer to starting work with McNaughton & Clay, working on the Elias King case, and the many bumps thrown into his life along the way. There were many unexpected surprises right up until the last page
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not going to give anything away by saying there are surprises in this book. But wow, another page turning, lawyer thriller by Randy Singer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you guessing until the very end. Did not predict the conclusion but neatly ties up all storylines.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales was a good read! There were some twists in the plot which took the story down many possible paths which was a bonus. The suspense was palpable as the story ramped up with different characters, the author did a good job of keeping the storyline somewhat hidden. I liked the underlying theme of Grace, not only from God, but amongst a few of the characters.
dhiggins4 More than 1 year ago
Excellent! That is my one word opinion of this book! I absolutely loved it! Randy Singer is one of my favorite authors. His legal thrillers are excellent! This book had me on the edge of my seat trying to solve the murder in this story. I would recommend this book to everyone! Just don't start it at night...it will keep you up!
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
  This is my second Randy Singer novel. After reading The Justice Game, I knew I needed to read Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales! {Thank you Tyndale Rewards and Tyndale Blog Network for these two books!}  Randy Singer is a master at creating characters who are down to earth ordinary and utterly fascinating all at the same time... reminding me that the people I see every day have secrets and stories. Landon and Kerri Reed could be my neighbors, Harry McNaughten could be the lawyer next door. Once I met these people I had to keep reading, watching the choices they made and listening to the questions they asked, being pulled along by the story. This book begins with two main plots that merge and intertwine... Sean Phoenix, former CIA Operative with his own personal reasons to have a hate-list, and Landon Reed, redeemed sinner and rookie lawyer grateful for a second chance. These lives connect in Randy Singer's book, which most surely is a Legal Thriller. This book has kevlar vests, questions of ethics, snipers rifles, courtroom battles, explosions, and dead lawyers. Randy Singer's book make a "thinking reader" out of you as you read... the themes are drawn so naturally that you can't help but think about them. Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales lets us think about innocence and guilt, defense and prosecution, truth and deceit. (As well as absorb a fine mystery.) I will be adding this book to my read-again shelf, and recommending it to my Dad along with The Justice Game. Thank you Randy Singer and Tyndale!
inlovewithstories More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales. I wasn't surprised as I read that the book keeps you on the edge of your seat, anxiously awaiting the next surprising turn, rooting for Landon Reed to do the right thing and emerge victorious! As with all other Randy Singer books I've read, in the end, you know that the main character is going to stand tall against fear and corruption and good will finally triumph... but the journey to get there is quite the ride. Be prepared to not want to stop reading this book until you find out what happens at the very end.
Maciemollysdad More than 1 year ago
Another awesome Randy Singer book!!!  I have to say that Singer just keeps getting better.  I have read several of his books over the past few years and have not been disappointed yet.  This book had several twists & turns in the story line that kept you guessing and it ended even better.  As a long time fan of John Grisham & David Baldacci I have found become a full time Randy Singer fan & can't wait to read another one of his books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being a Grisham fan, I thought I would give Randy Singer a try. I went back to this book after reading his latest, The Advocate, which is substantially different in style. Now I'm hooked. Good story lines with characters that you can care about. Will keep you guessing. If you enjoy this genre, definitely pick this book up and give it a read.
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Rookie lawyer Landon Reed's mentor dies, and two other of the firm's partners are targeted. This leaves him with the sole remaining partner, who hasn't been in a courtroom for years, to find out what his mentor knew and what his strategy was, as they try to do right by the clients who have stuck with them. The book chugs along until about the halfway mark, when the reader suddenly sits up at a reference to the assassin. Wait, what? The assassin? Singer spins a complex plot, but he can't seem to resist one more thing. The story is a package all tied up with a bow, and then the author decides it needs tinsel too. In particular, there may be one twist too many.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're not a right to life Christian you won't enjoy this author. He can tell a good story but it's ruined for non Christians by the writer's constant referrals to prayer, God, and rights of the unborn. I'm only a quarter of the way through and mad at myself for buying this book since I had similar feelings about the first book I read of his. I enjoyed "Dying Declaration" in spite of the central role religion played. Now I'm just annoyed. If you're a Muslim, Jew, Hindu or a non theist you won't like this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was a real page-turner and kept me guessing until the end. The twists and turns in the storyline kept me thoroughly engrossed in the story. I would definitely read more works by this author!
kimbre15 More than 1 year ago
The book was a hit from the first chapter. I highly recommend it if you like modern day mysteries with a bit of romance thrown in.
bookworm62TG More than 1 year ago
This book was a real page turner. It kept me guessing right till the end. You will not be dissapointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. At first I couldn't figure out how the different story lines would connect, but they came together in such an engaging way. It was a story with an unexpected ending. I was only able to read short parts at a time, but got so involved in the story towards the end I had to sit down and read the last 100+ pages at one time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My husband read this book and told me it was very good. He told me that he would read more of his books.
BSF More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I read by Randy Singer. Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers, this was a free book. My initial thoughts were this book would have a lot of religion references. I was very wrong. There were references of grace and god, that were a perfect fit. The characters of Landon, Kerri, and Harry are understood. I don't want to be a "spoiler". This is an AWESOME book and I look forward to reading more by Randy.
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Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
I am reluctant to leave a review for Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales, because I didn’t finish it. I did, however, commit to reviewing books for the Tyndale Summer Reading Program, so I will. I requested and started reading this book because of a friend’s recommendation. This friend is male, and he reads sports/thriller/mystery-related stories, written by male authors. I don’t. Yet, I said I’d give it a try. The story is written well, the characters are compelling, and the story is layered with suspense. I’m just not as intrigued by these types of books as others (mostly male—I’m assuming) might be. I won’t deduct stars—because as I said, it isn’t fair to do so when I didn’t finish the book—but I will say it is well-written, and probably a great read for those who enjoy this genre. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy free from publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 
kristen4mk More than 1 year ago
Randy Singer always provides a great read and this book is no exception. In "Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales", he weaves several stories, all with strong and multi-layered characters together for a very satisfying ending. Landon Reed was in prison for two years as the consequence for his role in a point-shaving scheme when he was a college quarterback. Three years after his release, Landon, his wife Kerri. and their young daughter, Maddie are trying to restructure their lives. Landon has become a lawyer and Kerri is a local news personality. Colorful lawyer Harry McNaughten hires Landon as an associate and they begin to work on a high-profile murder case...which leads to a number of consequences no one could have dreamed of. Interesting characters, love, loyalty, murder, mystery, intrigue...all found here in one great book. Check it out for yourself!
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AnotherBibliophile More than 1 year ago
This is an Excellent Legal Thriller. It has murder, courtroom drama, suspicions, twists, and a great, unexpected ending. I agree with the cover of the book, which compares Singer favorably with John Grisham. I'm impressed with Randy Singer's writing. This book is absorbing, and I felt connected with the characters. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really good, fun mystery, with very subtle religious undertones. Keeps you turning the pages as quickly as you can.
Virginia76 More than 1 year ago
Landon was jailed for points shaving in football games. Now he is out of jail and looking for a job as a lawyer. An older lawyer hires him and soon Landon is involved in a case involving a murder. I thought this was a well written book with plenty of action. The ending was good with a twist that I didn't see coming.