Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Fatal Convictions by Randy Singer
Fatal Convictions is a legal thriller centered around an imam of a local mosque and a pastor of a local evangelical Christian church. Alex, the pastor of a local church, doubles as an attorney. When Khalid is accused of ordering an honor killing of a woman attending his mosque, Alex agrees to take the case. Highlighting the fear of the community, the outrageousness of the claims against Khalid, and the moral decisions Alex must face, Fatal Convictions is an interesting read.
This book was interesting to me because I really enjoy novels by John Grisham and James Patterson. It does read a lot like Grisham's legal dramas. However, the book got off to a really slow start. The first 75 pages were background and setup, which was a little much for me. The beginning of the novel also gave a lot of background info about Muslim stories and teachings of the Qu'ran. Some were helpful, some were not. Some just seemed like extra information. However, it really picked up about halfway through and I finished the book pretty quickly after that.
I think this book would have been better had it not been quite so long. It was just a lot to get through and it wasn't keeping my attention as well as I would have liked.
3 stars (out of 5)
I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my fair and honest review.
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