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9/2/10

Review and Giveaway: Fatal Convictions

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Congratulations to commenter #17.






I recently read Fatal Convictions by Randy Singer and it turned out to be my favorite book of the summer.  It's a great legal-thriller, but I really liked the way it forced me out of my little comfort-zone...making me think about a lot of stuff I usually avoid and pointed out just how hard it truly is not "judging" others in this world.  In fact, I enjoyed the book so much that I did a little Q&A with Randy and I got a second copy so that one of you can read it, too.



1.  Randy, how did you first come up with the idea for this story?

My idea for the book came when I asked this question: What makes To Kill A Mocking Bird the best legal thriller of all time?  My answer:  Because Atticus Finch performed the highest duty of a lawyer, representing a man he believed was innocent, a man nobody else would defend.  Then I asked the question:  What would that look like today?  My answer was Fatal Convictions.  A Christian lawyer defending a Muslim imam accused of honor killings.


2.   Can you give us a snapshot of the overall plot, without giving away any spoilers?

Sure. Alex Madison is a Christian pastor and lawyer. (I know, a highly unusual combination!) He ends up landing a profitable personal injury case for a woman named Ghaniyah Mobassar, who happens to be the wife of a local Muslim imam. But when a different woman in the imam’s mosque is brutally murdered after she converts to Christianity, the imam is arrested for ordering the honor killing. Alex believes the imam is innocent and decides to defend him in the biggest murder case Virginia Beach has ever seen.

Alex immediately comes under fire from both the media and his own church members for taking the case. Things get complicated when the imam’s beautiful daughter arrives from Beirut, determined to help Alex out. Before it’s over, Alex will have to summon a level of courage and tenacity he never knew he possessed, defending a man whose culture is practically at war with everything Alex holds dear.

As the evidence mounts, so do Alex’s doubts. Is the imam an innocent reformer caught in an elaborate sting? Or is he a manipulative killer who will stop at nothing to advance the cause of Mohammed?


3.  How did you research your book to ensure that the Islamic faith was realistically and fairly portrayed?

You’re right, it was very important for me to portray Muslims authentically and accurately in this book. It was also important to show some of the diversity in the Muslim faith.

Thus, the imam whom Alex defends is an ardent reformer (or at least he appears to be). For the nuances of this character, I relied heavily on the Islamic reformers portrayed in Joel Rosenberg’s excellent book Inside the Revolution. But there’s also a main character in Fatal Convictions named Hassan Ibn Talib, who is a committed Islamic radical. To portray Hassan accurately, I spent time with Kamal Saleem, a former Islamic terrorist and probably the most intense man I’ve ever met. With Kamal’s permission, I patterned the childhood, terrorist training and spiritual beliefs of my character after Kamal. In addition to this type of research, I’ve also spent time in Beirut, Lebanon, visiting my daughter who worked there with a ministry organization.


WIN IT!

Don't you want your own copy of Fatal Convictions by Randy Singer?  Well, just leave me a comment below telling me what intrigues you most about this book.  I'll pick a random winner from all of the comments on September 10th at 9PM. 
Followers of this blog can have a 2nd entry by leaving a 2nd comment.


I was provided this book free of charge from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for an honest review. 
My thoughts are my own and were not influenced in any way.





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38 comments:

♥Georgie♥ said...

I love a good book! What intrigues me most is the innocent person accused and that a Pastor/lawyer is willing to take on the case even though it could cause people to judge him...

♥Georgie♥ said...

I am a follower =)

Linda... said...

Hi. I am a new blogger and am following you via Keeping Company Thursday; I hope you will follow me back. I enjoyed browsing your blog. Have a great day...Now to enter the contest!
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Linda... said...

I love mysteries and a lawyer representing a man he believed was innocent, a man nobody else would defend, with all the extras i.e. the daughter arriving; Alex's doubts. etc., makes Fatal Convictions sound like a book to read.
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Buckeroomama said...

I love legal thrillers... and the part about a Christian pastor/lawyer defending a Muslim imam really intrigues me. :)

Buckeroomama said...

Already a follower. :)

Nicolle said...

I REALLY want this book! :)
It sounds great and your review makes me want it. I am intrigued about what you said about judgement.

Nicolle said...

this is for my 2nd entry....

Anonymous said...

This sounds like such a good book. It is amazing how easily we judge others without even realizing we are doing it or justify it. tearing down these borders intrigues me

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alissa said...

Hi Dina - This book sounds really interesting. The fact that it's not just your average legal thriller intrigues me! I'm always on the look out for new reads!

alissa said...

Of course, I'm already a happy follower!

blueviolet said...

The actual premise is just so on point these days and it sounds fascinating!

blueviolet said...

And I follow you forever and ever, natch.

Linda Kish said...

I love a good legal thriller

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stacythemagnificentmommy said...

that the character defends someone of muslim faith i find intriguing and am really happy about it!

stacythemagnificentmommy said...

2nd entry for following blog!

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Jill said...

I'm intrigued most by the integration of the Islamic faith and culture into a book by an American author. It sounds like he put a lot of time and effort into researching the characters and it will be interesting to get a glimpse into the perspective of this population as portrayed by the characters of this novel.

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Jill said...

I'm a follower!

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Karen said...

I am interested to learn how this book ends.

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maureen73 said...

I am glad that I just found your blog! I would enjoy reading this because I like the concept of a modern day "To Kill a Mockingbird".
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Ashley said...

I love that it's a mystery. One of my favorite genres.

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LMM831 said...

It is a very interguining sounding book. I love mysteries and legal ones make it even better!

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jerriann said...

This book sounds just like the book I'm going to read next. As soon as I go out and get it. Thanks for the review. I love legal thrillers and I love Joel Rosenberg.

jerriann said...

I'm a fellow follower, sorry, a little corny too.

Becky said...

As a Muslim convert I'm intrigued to see someone helping to break down the stereotypes, also I'm an avid reader, so always looking for the next book to add to my list :)

Becky said...

I follow you on GFC.

katychick said...

A lwayer willing to risk it all- i wonder if lawyers really do that- if they just take the side and try to defent them or turn them down and say- i think you did it..i would love to reade this bood
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star84vu said...

I love To Kill A Mockingbird! So the fact that this book was written as a modern day example of what made it so great has me intrigued!

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I follow you via GFC
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Michelle said...

I'm going to school to become a paralegal so I love an legal thriller!
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Our Little Group said...

I like that it's about Islamic faith and Christianity, sounds interesting!
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I follow your blog via GFC
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mpierce said...

I've been looking for a new good book to read - this one sound interesting.

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Andrea said...

I would just like to read something different once in a while
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tristatecruisers said...

I love the legal thriller stories--hope i win--can't wait to see how this ends. :)

tristatecruisers said...

Follow via GFC :)

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cherdon said...

I love reading thrillers and what intriques me about this book is the fact that we all tend to judge others before we know the facts. Interested how the all pans out.

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