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 a powerful 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 violate 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.
For some unknown reason, I’ve never read a Randy Singer title before. After reading The Last Plea Bargain, Singer is now firmly on my ‘must read’ author list. This novel had me on a complete rollercoaster ride. So many times I thought I knew where it was headed, only to be proven completely wrong a couple of pages later. Without giving too much away, the final twist made my jaw drop. I had to make notes to see how everything connected, but everything was plausible and made a great point about how power and weakness can both send a person on a very dangerous path.
Jamie is a difficult character to appreciate. So many times her actions are motivated by revenge. She has a personal connection to the defense attorney indicted for murder, but her wanting to be on the prosecution team has little to do with an objective search for justice. I actually felt more for the man on death row than for our DA. And, once you understand how he was involved in the murder that put him there, you might also. Only at the end, when Jamie’s world is tilted on its axis, did I begin to feel empathy for her.
Publisher: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 01 March 2012
Page Count: 432
I downloaded my free copy of The Last Plea Bargain from Tyndale House Publishers on the NetGalley website. I was under no obligation to write a review.