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After the target of an investigative report storms a Virginia Beach television station, he kills one of the anchors before the SWAT team takes him down. Following the victim's funeral, her family files a lawsuit against the gun company who manufactured the killer's weapon of choice. The lawyers for the plaintiff and defendant--Kelly Starling and Jason Noble--are young, cha ...more
Paperback, 383 pages
Published June 29th 2009 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published January 1st 2009)
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LadyCalico
I cannot express how much I loved this book. I hate to even try to analyze it since it had several weaknesses that were were hard to believe and drew away from the realism of the book (e.g. all the time, money, and energies that Jason couldn't afford wasted on the mock juries--for what, really, Lassiter had already proven himself less effective than an experienced lawyer's, like Case's, instincts; why didn't either Jason or Kelly report the threatened blackmail early on when they had little to l ...more
Keiki Hendrix
Was it the 'inspired by actual events'? Or, was it the fact that the issue personally hit home with the author? Or, could it have been that readers actually decided the ending?

I am not sure which of these, perhaps all three, created an anxious desire in me to read Randy Singer's newest novel 'The Justice Game'.

The story begins with the cold blooded killing of Rachel Crawford, a television news reporter. In a Virginia Beach news studio, just before Rachel can deliver her report on the evening new
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Cindy Meilink
If you are an avid reader of books in the legal genre, you'll love this.

High profile trials are big business and Justice Inc, a company that deals in projecting trial decisions, earns its money by advising investment managers how to invest on the companies affected by trial outcomes.

Jason Noble worked for Justice Inc., playing his lawyer role before shadow juries--juries selected to mimic the real jury--to get to the decision before the actual trial came to a close thus allowing Justice Inc. inv
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Carly
When I first started reading The Justice Game, I was a bit concerned that I was going to be reading a book with a lot of legal jargon and that it was going to be a rather dry book. It didn’t take long for me to see that I was quite mistaken. This book is not just about the lawsuit that is brought against the gun manufacturer MD Firearms. This book is also about two very ambitious and driven young lawyers whose personal lives are in turmoil.

Jason Noble and Kelly Starling are being blackmailed bec
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Clockstein Lockstein
The Justice Game by Randy Singer is another suspenseful courtroom spectacular from the master of the genre. When a beautiful pregnant news anchor is shot on camera by an angry viewer, her husband wants to sue the gun manufacturer for allowing their guns to be sold by a dealer who knowingly sold to felons. He hires Kelly Starling to represent him in a case that strikes fear in the hearts of NRA members across the nation. Across the aisle on the defense is Jason Noble, just two years out of law sc ...more
Cheryl
Rachel Crawford is a television reporter for WDXR. She is hoping to really make it big at the station. The piece she is about to break tonight will hopefully help her chances. The story is about human trafficking. The owner of a The Surf, Larry Jamison was supposedly luring women to America. In the middle of telling the story, Mr. Jamison barges into the television station and starts shooting people. The SWAT team come but just before they apprehend Jamison, he kills Rachel. Rachel was twenty-th ...more
Paula
This is a legal thriller that is personal for the author. The book opens with a note from the author explaining that 1988 a student at the Christian school, where his wife taught and children attended, a 15-year-old student opened fire with a semiautomatic handgun. He killed a teacher and wounded the assistant principal. The “straw purchase” that allowed the student to obtain the weapon became the central issue of The Justice Game.

In other mysteries the authors draw the adversaries as cartoon he
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C.J. Darlington
Based on a real-life case attorney Randy Singer tried ten years ago, The Justice Game artfully portrays both sides of the gun rights debate. Interestingly, Singer didn't set out to convert anyone. He told me, "I wanted to write a book so balanced that both sides would look at it and say, `That fairly represents our case.'"

The Justice Game opens in TV news reporter Rachel Crawford's point of view. A crazed gunman named Larry Jamison, the subject of a scathing news report, barges into the studio a
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Ginny Jaques
I had a hard time figuring out what was happening at the beginning of this legal thriller because I had never heard of shadow juries. Didn't know what they were. Once I understood more about that, the read was enjoyable.

Though its purpose is to entertain, and it does that well, the book also sheds light on what apparently happens behind the scenes in some high-profile trials--ones that are apt to affect the stock market. Lots of research gives good background information on the gun control issue
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Timothy Stone
- Note: I do not currently own this book, but borrowed from a friend to read. -

Sometimes a book has so much promise, but it just falls flat. That is the best description that I could give to *The Justice Game* by Randy Singer. The book starts from the point of view of an investigative news reporter and mother-to-be, Rachel Crawford. In a shocking development, we are only giving a short time to get to know her when she is gunned down by a vile sex-trafficker/sex slaver, whose crimes she'd just m
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Leanne Braun
This was a great law story which really made me think about integrity of the legal system. I wonder if justice is achieved if there really are law firms who set up shadow juries in order to predict the outcome or manipulate the game plan for the defence. The topic of gun control and the second amendment also struck me as interesting. With the perspective of an educator and a democratic idealistic, I wonder what should and should not be controlled. It is worth a read with the lens of asking onese ...more
Donna Lanheady
This is a decent legal thriller. Nothing spectacular, but it was entertaining!
Carol
It is a very interesting book with an unusual plot. I don't know if 'shadow juries' are real-an interesting concept to consider. Singer presents two lawyers who were trained in the use of shadow juries, three panels of people that match characteristics of people on a real jury panel. Shadow juries were used to predict the outcome of the actual trial. That sounds innocent enough, but not when people start manipulating circumstances for their own gain. Whether the lawyers go along with that depend ...more
Arni Vidar Bjorgvinsson
I actually borrowed this book as nothing more than a test. Just a random book to see how the lending system worked. But because the product description intrigued me I started reading, and I had a very hard time putting it down again.
Having been a fan of John Grisham for such a long time, I must admit that I am perhaps favorably predisposed to liking legal dramas in general, but I was truly amazed at how very much I liked Randy Singer's style. I was only about 20% of the way through it when I dec
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Norma
I'm not going to repeat the story line as the other reviewers have done a great summary. I really became one with the characters as they were so real, real enough to the point where I found myself strongly disliking Melissa, (maybe because she reminds me of a family member! - bossy with serious attitude). However towards the end, I started to respect her for what she believed in...She even managed to show a little compassion - I didn't think she had it in her. Overall, I found Jason and Kelly ve ...more
Rachel Thompson
I downloaded this book for free for my Sony e-reader.

This book started out great, with a lot of promise. Rachel Crawford is a reporter about to go on the air with possibly the biggest news story of her career when a gun-wielding maniac breaks into the studio with plans to execute her on air. The tragedy leads her grieving husband to sue MD Firearms, a gun maker who kept selling guns to a retailer even though the company knew the store often sold guns illegally.

After the first chapter, there is v
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Linda


Jason Noble worked for the Justice Inc. World Headquarters in mock trials, but was fired for being too good of a lawyer. His boss, Robert Sherwood, however, is willing to set him up in a few larger D.C firms, but he declines in order to set up his own criminal defense office. Sherwood still offers to help him out, with only one request–that he give 10% to help alleviate world suffering. One would think this a worthy cause and offer.

Rachel Crawford is a WDXR I-team reporter. She’s doing a breakin
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Matt
Singer at his best. He lays the groundwork for another controversial story and launches right in.



Guns kill people (yes members of the NRA, I can hear your echo) and Singer pushes that in our face from the outset. He tells of a reporter being gunned down for an investigative story about issues within some aspect of American society. What follows is an intriguing fall out and some great storytelling.



When the killer is dead, shot by SWAT, and the gun seller is bankrupt, when can a family turn? Sue
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Daniel
Singer's background plays into this 400 page book in several ways. First, his own families experience with a school shooting and his own role in the litigation which followed gives this work a personal conviction and force to it. But, secondly, as a result, it tries to do so much that it bogs down at times. The story revolves more around the two young lawyers trying the case - and guilt over past choices which are used as blackmail leverage against them.

It is certainly an interesting read with
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Josee
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Melissa
Ah, a good alternative in the legal-crime drama to Grisham. And since Grisham has been on his soapbox so much lately, I was pleased with this book that was a straight up story. This was the first book I read on my Kindle. That is a discussion in and of itself (do I like the kindle? not sure. Is it more convenient than a real book? In some ways. Did I feel cheated out of the reading experience? A little bit). However, to the review of the book . . .

Jason Noble started his career with a compy call
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Vera Godley
For legal thrillers, Randy Singer is a go-to-author. He is an attorney, pastor, and author. How the man ever finds the time to do two of these, let alone three, escapes me. Needless-to-say, I do enjoy his writings. As many of you are away, "Chat With Vera" enjoys a number of genres and legal suspense/thrillers is one. But as with my other readings and reviews, the majority are written by Christian authors.

In The Justice Game, Mr. Singer writes about an angle I simply would not have dreamed possi
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Tom
Pretty decent legal drama about a suit against a gun manufacturer after a TV reporter is gunned down. The gun maker is brought to trail on the argument that they continued to supply weapons to a dealer known to provide weapons to convicts and criminals. The book gave good legal arguments on both sides of the gun ownership issue.

I tend to believe the statistics quoted are accurate, even though this is clearly fiction. Ex: more than half of guns used in crimes come from only 1% of the gun stores
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Margaret Metz
I rarely read legal fiction. This one intrigued me because not only was it based on a real (and highly controversial) case, but the author was involved in that case. No matter how you feel about the issue, this book is riveting. The author manages to remain amazingly objective and you walk away from the book caring about the people on both sides. The real villain is the person who tried to manipulate the system - and was willing to kill to do so.


I think that is one of the reasons this kept me gl
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Don S.
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Mary
This is an interesting mystery novel that challenges one's thinking about the Second Amendment-a citizen's right to bear arms. After he is targeted in an investigative report of human trafficking, Larry Jamison storms a news studio and executes one of the reporters on live TV. In turn, he is gunned down by the SWAT team. Following the funeral of the victim, her husband files a lawsuit against the gun compan who manufactured the killer's weapon of choice.

The key questions in this story are: Is a
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Eric
This was the first book I read by this author, and I will likely read another at some point, but I’m not in a hurry to do so. It was interesting, but not great.

The best thing this book has going for it is its controversial topic of gun control vs. second amendment. Pretty juicy stuff, and definitely some potential for some action. The trial coverage is decent and the plot is interesting.

But there were a few things that bothered me. For one, the book is based on the premise that mock trials with
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Mercedes Cordero
This book surprised me. It's not every day that I start rooting for one party in a court drama and end up rooting for the opposition, though in the middle I changed loyalties quite a few times. The author does something that I find refreshing: he presents both sides of the "gun issue" without favoring one or the other. Although the action is a little bit slow, it has a steady pace, the characters have depth, motivation, and are not one dimensional. You really like them, then dislike them, then y ...more
Gail Brown
Very well written

Very well written

I've never given a five star before. This novel kept my interest till the very end. I read it slowly so it would last longer. This is the first book from this author so I have just started. It takes a little intelligence to read . I had to give some thought to some of the pages. I'm looking so forward to starting my second book. Thank you Randy Singer
Diana
The first twelve pages will have you holding your breath. No kidding. It’s intense and you feel that tension. Your pulse races and your mouth gets that cotton ball-dryness. You wonder how is this going to end?

It ends in a trial and a verdict, one you will agree or disagree with--strongly. I agreed. Can’t tell you what that verdict is, you have to read and decide for yourself.

Singer has taken a very hot topic—gun control, both sides are represented well in this case, but all is not as it seems. T
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Randy Singer is a critically acclaimed author and veteran trial attorney. He has penned nine legal thrillers, including his award-winning debut novel Directed Verdict. In addition to his law practice and writing, Randy serves as a teaching pastor for Trinity Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He calls it his "Jekyll and Hyde thing"—part lawyer, part pastor. He also teaches classes in advocacy and ...more
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