Fatal Convictions by Randy Singer

Alexander Madison is part lawyer, part pastor, and part con artist. When a Muslim imam is accused of instigating honor killings, Alex must decide whether to take the case that every other lawyer in town is running away from. He doesn’t realize until it’s too late that defending the imam may cost him the one thing in life he cares about most. Fatal Convictions is the story of a lawyer willing to risk it all and the women who must choose between faith and love.

Set in Virginia Beach, this book examines the stereotypes and misconceptions about faith. It traces one man’s race against time as he searches for truth in order to save another’s life. His search leads him across the ocean to the heart of Beirut. In the process, he is forced to question his motives and examine his values.

His faith is tested and the time comes when he has to decide what he stands for and if he is going to stand at all. This is typical of each and every one of us. We all get to the point where we need to know what we stand for and why we are standing. What our parents said or the Pastor (Imam) taught will no longer hold. It has to be a personal choice and a personal discovery.

The book is replete with several quotable nuggets of wisdom but one I particularly liked was

“The test of faith is not just whether it helps you live well; the real test of faith is whether it allows you to die well”

Death, or the willingness to die is a strong theme in this book. The women that were beheaded were willing to die. The Imam got to a state where he was ready to die. And Alex Madison committed to doing what he knew was right even when possible death stared him in the face.

This book was very well researched. Being a lawyer and a Pastor himself , the author was able to get into the DNA of both. What is truly awesome here is how he was able to present both religions (Islam and Christianity) with such objectivity and knowledge. Reading the book, you are left to make up your mind about a lot of things. If you are one of those readers who does not like being spoon-fed in a novel, this is definitely for you.

Fatal Convictions contains a really strong narrative, showing Randy Singer as a master story teller. He keeps you hanging at the edge of your seat till the very end. Even though I guessed whodunnit – correctly, I was still taken by surprise. There are some unexpected twists and surprises. It is definitely a book worth reading.

Disclaimer: Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

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