Directed Verdict

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In Saudi Arabia, two American missionaries are targeted by the infamous religious police?Muttawa. The man is tortured and killed; his wife arrested on trumped-up charges before being deported to the United States. Compelled by the injustice of her plight, young attorney Brad Carlson files an unprecedented civil rights suit against Saudi Arabia and the ruthless head of the Muttawa. But the suit unleashes powerful forces that will stop at nothing to vindicate the Arabian kingdom. Witnesses are intimidated and some ...
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Overview

In Saudi Arabia, two American missionaries are targeted by the infamous religious police—Muttawa. The man is tortured and killed; his wife arrested on trumped-up charges before being deported to the United States. Compelled by the injustice of her plight, young attorney Brad Carlson files an unprecedented civil rights suit against Saudi Arabia and the ruthless head of the Muttawa. But the suit unleashes powerful forces that will stop at nothing to vindicate the Arabian kingdom. Witnesses are intimidated and some disappear; jurors are bribed; and a member of Brad’s own team may be attempting to sabotage the case. As Brad navigates a maze of treachery and deception, he must gamble his case, his career, and the lives of those he loves on his ability to bring justice to one family, challenge the religious intolerance of a nation, and alter the course of international law. Directed Verdict is a Christy Award–winning novel. Tyndale House Publishers
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There is plenty of room in evangelical Christian fiction for fresh voices, and debut novelist Singer is a promising one. The story opens with some fairly graphic violence as Sarah and Charles Reed, missionaries to Saudi Arabia, are tortured for their Christian faith and framed for cocaine use. Charles dies, and after returning to the U.S., Sarah's life insurance company refuses to compensate her for his death, citing his "addiction." Desperate for the means to raise her two children, she hires attorney Brad Carson, who seizes the opportunity to sue the nation of Saudi Arabia for their persecution of the Reeds. The resulting lawsuit ends up in the courtroom of the Hon. Cynthia Baker-Kline, a prochoice judge who had an earlier run-in with Carson over a prolife protester he represented. Despite opening the novel with a few stereotypes, Singer eventually smashes others, as in his depiction of Carson's legal secretary (who, with her overweight physique, pack-a-day cigarette habit and constant scowl is no Della Street). There's the requisite witnessing, but some suspense as to who does and doesn't convert to Christianity. The pacing would have been improved by some judicious pruning and tightening, but the story is compelling, and the reader is left guessing until the last chapter about the identity of a potential double-crossing informant. Legal thrillers are gaining ground in the evangelical Christian market, and this is an agreeable addition to the genre. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781414331546
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/16/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 412,083
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Randy Singer serves on the Board of Legal Advisors for the American Center for Law and Justice, a public service law firm that defends religious freedom both in the United States and abroad. He spent twelve years as a trial lawyer in one of Virginia’s largest law firms, working as head of the litigation section. He serves on the North American Mission Board in Atlanta, Georgia, where he lives with his wife, Rhonda, and their two children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2005

    Better than Grisham

    As a hard core John Grisham fan, I was skeptical when a friend told me that Randy Singer's books were even better. After I have read them, however, there is no doubt in my mind that Singer is fantastic author that doesn't have to use cursing or sex to get his point across.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2003

    Dedicate Some Time!

    Plots twists heading every direction. Had trouble putting it down. Great to read such a well written suspense novel that doesn't rely on rough language to get the point across. Can't wait for Randy's next book.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2002

    The Next Grisham

    Do you like the writing of John Grisham? If so, you will enjoy Directed Verdict by Randy Singer. It is a fast-paced legal thriller that keeps you guessing up to the last page.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2003

    Litigation, romance headline legal thriller

    This debut novel is a compelling story -- at once a legal thriller and a love story. It also has a gripping social theme. After a missionary in Saudi Arabia is tortured to death, his widow seeks legal help to secure insurance benefits from his policy. Battle lines are pretty clear between heroes and villains, but attorney Brad Carson is not sure if it's his new paralegal, the law school beauty he's falling for, or his longtime office aide who's selling him out. It's a great read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2012

    EXCELLENT LEGAL THRILLER DEBUT!

    Two American missionaries are tortured and framed for selling and using cocaine in Saudi Arabia, by the Muttawa, the religious police. The husband is killed and his wife, Sarah, is denied his life insurance benefits. Now back in Virginia, Sarah seeks the help of charming attorney Brad Carson, and the cases against the leader of the Muttawa AND the nation of Saudi Arabia are on! Interesting supporting characters, including a sassy legal secretary, a tatooed paralegal, and a beautiful law student, will grab your attention as they evolve throughout this compelling storyline. Hopefully they will appear in later books. The plot twists will keep you guessing until the end, especially the identity of a double-crossing informant! As a bonus, this book contains no bad language and those familiar with the Chesapeake and Tidewater area will recognize references to a few landmarks. Anyone who enjoys legal thrillers will absolutely love this debut!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    Kept my interest until the end.

    435 pages of courtroom drama, legalities, mystery, suspense and religion. I usually don't read religious books but this book had to include it because it the whole case concerned religious freedom in Saudi Arabia. (dw)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2014

    Surprisingly Good

    I had heard that Singer was a Christian version of Grisham, which peaked my interest but also brought out the skeptic in me. After reading Directed Verdict, however, I was impressed by the similarities in writing style and character development. There are good solid Christian themes woven into the plot, and these add to, but don't detract from, the story. Directed Verdict keeps you guessing right up to the end, and has a satisfying summative conclusion (which, alas, my friend Grisham falls short on at times). The characters are interesting, believable and realistic. It is refreshing to read a book that doesn't have to rely on sex and violence to carry the story along, although he is pretty descriptive in a plot device early on in the book. Singer, like Grisham, has extensive knowledge of the judicial process and the diverse characteristics of attorneys. If you enjoy this type of courtroom drama, you will probably like this book.

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  • Posted March 19, 2014

    Another great legal page turner by Randy Singer! Two American mi

    Another great legal page turner by Randy Singer!
    Two American missionaries are tortured and framed for selling drugs in Saudi Arabia.  Only the wife, Sarah
    survives and hires Brad Carson, a Virginia attorney to represent her against the Muttawa and Saudi Arabia.
    Brad's team consists of him, a paralegal that he met under somewhat shady circumstances, a law student
    who he is falling in love with and his secretary and protector. Things look grim for Sarah, Brad and his team
    until it is revealed who has been meeting with the enemy and why they did it. 

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  • Posted November 30, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book! A good mystery with a clean wordage!

    I really enjoyed this book! A good mystery with a clean wordage! GREAT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    Good Reading

    Comparisons to Grisham are warranted. I would gladly pay for another book by this author if it promised to be as good as Directed Verdict. Good characterization and plot twists. Although it contains religious elements, the book is not "preachy" or sanctimonious.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2013

    Very good

    Randy Singer is becoming one of the authers the i am putting on my list to buy more books. Very spell binding stories that he in his books. This story has 420 pages and i enjoyed every pages.

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  • Posted March 21, 2013

    WHAT A READ!! This book is FILLED with suspense. Randy Singer

    WHAT A READ!! This book is FILLED with suspense. Randy Singer does a great job of keeping readers guessing with this story of a corrupt government with leadership who are willing to do anything to prevent religious freedom and those who are willing to fight against the corruption. When the Reeds, US Missionaries who went to Saudi Arabia to preach Christianity to those who were in the Islamic land, were identified by the government and victimized for the same, this story takes off. Brad Carson and his team of lawyers are on the case, and the twists and turns that occur are nothing short of remarkable. Nikki, a paralegal who's full of wit and quick to use a little "grease" to make things happen; Bella, the legal secretary who is fiercely loyal to Brad and runs the office like a well oiled machine; and Leslie, the law student who is wise beyond her years and well on her way to becoming a true courtroom rival make up a legal team that gives the Saudi Arabian government and all that is connected a courtroom battle no one could ever see coming. The subplots are equally as interesting as the master plot for this book, and it all fits together to tell a story that left me wishing for more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Could not put down

    Highly recommend. Reminds me also of John Grisham.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    Fun read

    The front and back of this were fab. But i did struggle thru the mid section.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    Page turning thriller

    Loved this book. Could not put it down and was amazed by the ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    Amazing story!

    I really enjoy reading Randy's books. This was the first one I read. I was hooked. I have read every one I could find since then! I love it that I can read a great story and not have to endure bad language and sexual situations. Thank you, Randy! God bless you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Wonderful book!

    This book will capture your attention and hold it until the last page. I highly recommend this book especially if you enjoy legal drama's. You will not regret purchasing this book.

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  • Posted May 1, 2012

    Highly Recommend! Could not put this book down

    This was an on the edge of your seat read with unexpected twists and turns. I fell in love with the characters. I hope there is a sequel to this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    Must read

    Two thumbs up and five stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Awesome book!

    Great to read a book that is well written, and without offensive language!

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