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The Justice Game

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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, chari ...more
Paperback, 383 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published January 1st 2009)
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LadyCalico
Jan 19, 2011 LadyCalico rated it it was amazing
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
May 27, 2009 Keiki Hendrix rated it it was amazing
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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Paula
Apr 29, 2012 Paula rated it really liked it
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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Carly
Jul 23, 2009 Carly rated it it was amazing
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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Cheryl
Jun 19, 2009 Cheryl rated it really liked it
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
Cindy Meilink
Jan 15, 2011 Cindy Meilink rated it really liked it
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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Christy Lockstein
Mar 27, 2009 Christy Lockstein rated it it was amazing
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
Jackie Layne
Nov 30, 2016 Jackie Layne rated it it was amazing
Inspired to read after finishing Singer's novel Directed Verdict. No cursing. I like that. Well written. Christian. This book is personal to the author because of a shooting death in the Christian school where his children attended and where his wife worked. The book explores the gun control issue in novel form without ever taking sides, but showing the arguments of both sides. Singer is a Christian John Grisham, writing legal thrillers without the profanity. This is the 2nd book by him that I h ...more
Julie Wasmus
Feb 13, 2017 Julie Wasmus rated it really liked it
Pretty good book! If you are local to GA, Gwinnett County specifically, you will recognize some landmarks.
MC
Feb 02, 2014 MC rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
- 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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C.J. Darlington
Feb 16, 2015 C.J. Darlington rated it really liked it
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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Eric
Jan 01, 2011 Eric rated it liked it
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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Linda
Aug 18, 2009 Linda rated it really liked it


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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Melissa
Feb 14, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: legal-crime, kindle
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
Oct 16, 2012 Vera Godley rated it it was amazing
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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Josee
Feb 16, 2011 Josee rated it liked it
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Arni Vidar Bjorgvinsson
Feb 15, 2011 Arni Vidar Bjorgvinsson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
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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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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Tom
Feb 04, 2011 Tom rated it really liked it
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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Don S.
Jun 15, 2011 Don S. rated it liked it
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Matt
Jul 28, 2011 Matt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
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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Margaret Metz
Jan 07, 2011 Margaret Metz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Norma
Feb 05, 2011 Norma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mary
Jul 02, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing
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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Ginny Jaques
Oct 27, 2014 Ginny Jaques rated it really liked it
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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Daniel
Dec 29, 2011 Daniel rated it liked it
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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Mercedes Cordero
Apr 05, 2011 Mercedes Cordero rated it really liked it
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
Tiffany
Jun 30, 2015 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
When a young investigative reporter gets gunned down on live television, a case gets set in motion to sue the gun manufacturer. Follow every move of the case as Jason Noble and Kelly Starling try the biggest case of their careers. Will the secrets of their past come back to haunt them and ruin the case?

Cases on gun violence are prevalent in today’s media. We have all heard the debates back and forth in the news. No matter what side you are on, you will love this book. It shows you both sides of
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Cynthia
Aug 31, 2013 Cynthia rated it really liked it
If you like courtroom and legal dramas, you will like the unique twist in this one. Two lawyers on the opposite side of a gun control issue face each other in a case about a gunman who shoots a pregnant newswoman on air in a news studio. What they don't know is that both are a part of a sinister game in which each is fed information to enhance their case as a part of a complicated game and an unrelated revenge strategy. Both are being blackmailed over past issues in their lives. The well written ...more
Janice Garey
Aug 31, 2013 Janice Garey rated it it was amazing
Revenge is the Scheme, Justice is the Game

This book gives a thoughtful portrayal of the issue of guns in our nation. Courtroom drama runs high as a gun manufacturer is defended for selling weapons that might fall into the hands of criminals through straw purchases. Stakes are high on both sides with this hot potato case. Different angles are presented so that each side seems to have the winning strategy. The complicating factor is that a blackmailer has information to crush each of the lawyers b
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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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