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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (March 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781414333212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414333212
  • ASIN: 1414333218
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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"You learn early that you don't get to prove your case with Boy Scouts and nuns. Yes, convicted felons will say anything to get out of jail, but they also know a lot."

Plea bargains may grease the rails of justice, but for Jamie Brock, prosecuting criminals is not about cutting deals. In her three years as assistant DA, she's never plea-bargained a case and vows she never will.

But when an infamous defense attorney is indicted for murder and devises a way to bring the entire justice system to a screeching halt, Jamie finds herself at a crossroads. One by one, prisoners begin rejecting deals. Prosecutors are overwhelmed, and felons start walking free on technicalities.

To break the logjam and convict her nemesis, Jamie must reevaluate every principle that has guided her young career. But she has little choice. To convict the devil, sometimes you have to cut a deal with one of his demons.

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Jamie Brock is a no-nonsense prosecutor who has developed a reputation for refusing to plea bargain and cut a deal for criminals. However, her vow to hold criminals accountable to the full extent of the law is tested when she gets involved in a case where the accused is being arrested for allegedly murdering his wife. During his time in jail, he seizes the opportunity to jam up the justice system by enacting a plan for all criminals in the city to refuse to make a deal, and the prosecutor's caseloads explode in numbers. In the meantime, Jamie's seeking justice for the man convicted of murdering her mother many years earlier, a man awaiting the death penalty. As the day of his death draws near, Jamie's personal life starts unraveling, while she is faced with making compromises at work that have startling consequences.

The Last Please Bargain is typical Randy Singer - a tautly written legal suspense novel with plenty of twists and turns. The plot raced along, with a myriad of villains thrown into the mix, until you're not sure who's the good guy anymore. Jamie is a complex character with an admirable bent for justice and someone who holds family first, and you just can't help liking her despite her very human flaws and sometimes questionable ethics.

I found the elements of the plot regarding plea bargaining and the attempt to overwhelm the justice system to be fascinating, one that made me wonder if such a thing would be truly possible in real life, and what impact that would have on society over the long-term. The conclusion was superb with one twist that I didn't entirely see coming, and it neatly wrapped up the story while leaving me wishing for future books involving Jamie Brock (and her unexpected romance with a character I shall leave unnamed).
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I felt that I was continually waiting for the story to begin and then for something to happen. It does become somewhat more intriguing toward the end of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting Legal Drama Feb. 21 2012
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What would happen to the legal system if suddenly every defendant demanded a trial by jury? With over 90% of cases settled by plea bargain agreements, if defendants were no longer willing to work out a deal, it would literally bring the legal system to a halt. This is the scenario Randy Singer presents in his latest legal thriller, The Last Plea Bargain.

Every judge and defense attorney that works in the Milton County Judicial system knows Jamie Brock (from False Witness) does not make plea bargains. She works hard to ensure her cases go to trial. A strong victim advocate, she excels at her job, but recently her personal life has taken a downward turn. Her father is in a vegetative state and Antoine Marshall, the man who murdered her mother twelve years ago, is scheduled to be executed soon. Adding to her stress is the alluring possibility of convicting Caleb Tate (the man who represented Antoine) of murdering his wife Rikki. However, with little evidence against Caleb and the possibility of corruption within the investigation, the prospect of a conviction is uncertain. With abundant twists and turns, The Last Plea Bargain is a riveting legal drama from one of the best authors in genre.

I have been anxiously waiting for this book for the last 18 months. I first heard about it during our interview with Randy for his last book, Fatal Convictions. The consequences of criminals bogging down the justice system by refusing to plea bargain sounded like an excellent premise for a novel. As it turns out, this aspect is a relatively minor, though integral portion of a much larger story, which sets the stage for a chain of events that make this book an intense, masterful legal thriller.

The Last Plea Bargain has several plots and within each plot are several smaller plots that make for a fantastic multi-layered novel. Jamie is struggling through a variety of emotional issues ranging from her father's condition to the bitterness and anger she feels towards Antoine and Caleb. Her open hostility does a nice job of keeping the reader off balance and preventing them from conclusively determining Caleb's guilt. Additionally, Jamie is working through issues related to her father's reputation and questions concerning Antoine's conviction. Jamie's boss, Bill Masterson, is running for Attorney General of Georgia and his campaign and politics continue to hamper the case's progress. Also lurking in the background is the struggle by Antoine's new lawyer, Mace James, to prevent his execution. All these storylines are related and I loved watching them all come together.

One of my favorite aspects of Singer's novels is his remarkable ability to integrate spiritual themes and difficult moral issues. In almost every book, I've been challenged by the different views that Singer presents. In most cases, he remains neutral, which allows for the reader to better evaluate their own preconceived ideas and perhaps gain a new perspective. In this book, I like that Singer challenged my die-hard, pro-death penalty stance. I didn't change my opinion, but I do see the points that were made in opposition to capital punishment. Additionally, I appreciate the straightforward reminders of justice and mercy. While never preachy, this book does an excellent job of presenting spiritual themes and pointing the reader to the ultimate Judge.

Sometimes I feel like a broken record, but I'll say it again anyway--for those who enjoy legal thrillers, Randy Singer is the author to check out. His novels are fun, insightful, complex, intelligent stories which are meticulously researched and developed. After impatiently waiting 18 months to read The Last Plea Bargain, I was not disappointed!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, awesome book. July 8 2016
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Great writing, great twists, great character development. You do not want to miss this excellent work of mystery writing. Enjoy!!
4.0 out of 5 stars Good plot - great characters- Chapter turner April 29 2013
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I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. Characters aren't always predictable in their actions which keeps you reading to see how the plot develops. Would definitely like to read more of his works.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Singer Weaves a Page-Turning Tale Amid Several Tough Topics Feb. 16 2012
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Jamie Brock has spent four years as an assistant DA and she's never cut a deal. Prosecuting criminals is about giving them what they deserve, not giving them a more lenient sentence just because they plead guilty. Jamie's in the minority, but that's her conviction, and so she takes on the extra work that comes with the extra trials and prosecutions.

But she soon finds herself at a crossroads. A well-known defense attorney has been accused of murdering his supermodel wife and Jamie's handed the case. The attorney, Caleb Tate, just so happens to be the man who defended her mother's killer several years before--a killer currently on death row and about to be executed.

As Brock dives into the case headlong, the DA's office soon finds itself in trouble. To logjam the system, Tate has convinced the prisoners to reject plea bargains and take all cases to trial. The result as sheer cacophony as prosecutors find themselves overwhelmed with the 90% of cases that would have been plea bargained. Felons start walking free based on technicalities. The entire justice system grinds to a halt and the prosecution has much less time to work on prosecuting Caleb Tate.

Randy Singer's legal knowledge and writing expertise shines in The Last Plea Bargain, a concoction of courtroom drama and investigative thriller that mixes in pertinent ethical issues and several unexpected twists. And the result is absolutely brilliant. Brock, who we first met during her law school days in False Witness, is a strong protagonist whose character development isn't sacrificed to the legal themes. It's her convictions that keep her from plea bargaining, yet it's the lack of plea bargaining that might set a killer free; it's her mother's killer that's facing the death penalty, yet thanks to the killer's appeals lawyer she's now questioning if that's justice. The novel's themes aren't just abstract ponderings of law and ethics, but actually mean something to Jamie, and so in turn mean more to us readers.

The subplot involving appeals lawyer Mace James and his insistence that Jamie's mother's killer is innocent is in itself fascinating and makes for some excellent questions. What should Christians think about the death penalty? Should we execute someone who has reformed? How do we know they've truly reformed? What if they're actually innocent?

The issue of plea bargaining also raises interesting legal and ethical questions. Jamie is opposed to bargaining on her principles of justice, yet it seems that plea bargaining is essential to the justice system in order to get things done, because there's simply not the resources to take every crime to trial. There's simply too much crime. Is it ethical to cut deals? Is it beneficial? Singer takes on a debated topic within legal circles (see the Supreme Court case Brady v. United States) and puts it in a context that not only makes itself accessible to average person (itself quite the feat) but also turns it into a pivotal point in a thrilling story.

Randy Singer writes legal thrillers like his protagonists practice law: with razor-sharp wit, a healthy dose of suspense, a dash of danger, and no fear of tackling difficult cases. The Last Plea Bargain is more of the same from Singer without being the same-old, same-old. Compelling, captivating, and sometimes controversial, Singer's my go-to author for legal thrillers.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable read May 14 2012
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I have to say that I enjoyed reading Randy Singer's latest novel. Well developed characters, good plot, interesting story. Mr. Singer's books may not be as popular in the mainstream as those like Grisham, Baldacci, etc. but in my opinion the quality is just as good.