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May 2007
WaterBrook Press

False Witness

by Randy Singer

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Review:

Staring into the eyes of a bulky car owner holding a gun, repossession artist and bounty hunter Clark Shealy doesn't think his day can get much worse. A few hours later he changes his mind when his dangerous bounty hunting quarry knocks him out and puts him back in his car with a cell phone. On that cell phone, Clark receives a message from the Chinese Mafia who have kidnapped his wife, Jessica. Unless Clark finds, within 48 hours, an elusive Chinese mathematical genius in Las Vegas who has created an encryption algorithm that would allow the takeover of the Internet, Jessica will be tortured and killed.

Four years later, Jamie Brock thinks the worst problem in her life is putting up with archaic Professor Walter Snead in her Criminal Procedures class at Southeastern Law School. Words with talented and eloquent fellow-student, Isaiah Haywood, over his treatment of nineteen-year-old nerdy genius, Wellington "Casper" Farnsworth, don't help.

After she meets David Hoffman at her legal aid clinic, Jamie's life deteriorates fast with David's disappearance from court minutes before his hearing on a minor charge during an automobile repossession. Within hours Jamie's black lab, Snowball, disappears. Jamie gets a call that someone has found him and she is kidnapped. Then the kidnappers threaten her and Snowball if she doesn't help them find David Hoffman.

While trying to protect Hoffman, she, Isaiah, Casper, and Professor Snead are thrown into an unlikely alliance against the FBI, the Federal Marshals, the Witness Protection Program, and the Chinese Mafia. The Chinese Mafia wants the Abacus Algorithm so badly that they will kill to get it, but will the US government be just as ruthless to gain the algorithm? Is there anything the little people in the way can do to maintain their integrity and save their lives?

Though I've not been a fan of legal thrillers in the past, Randy Singer has won me over. His exciting legal thriller makes me want to dig up his seven other works. His characters are strong individuals with interesting personalities. Isaiah is the African-American civil rights lawyer-to-be with a lady's man flair. Casper is pasty, overweight, paranoid, and a genius, as well as a Christian. Jamie has put the Lord on a backburner since the murder of her mother drove her into the legal field. Clark Shealy is consumed with making a buck, and even sticking a few bucks away without Jessica's knowledge, until his worldview of what is important is challenged by Jessica's kidnapping and the kindly courage of Professor Dagan.

False Witness is fast-paced and hard to put down. Singer uses the time element well in the first part of the book as Clark races the clock to save Jessica. One small problem in the book is that Singer calls Wan Dagan "Professor Dagan." That would be like calling Professor John Doe "Professor John." Wan would be the professor's family name. However, it doesn't take away from the excitement of the book much, except that the Chinese Mafia would know that and not call him Professor Dagan.

The story is exciting and fun to read. The pulse goes up at times, and the tears may even flow as Singer takes us on emotional highs and lows. I enjoyed Jamie, Isaiah, and Casper so much that I hope to meet them again in a future book. – Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book Previews.com

Book Jacket:

Three ambitious law students at a local legal aid clinic watch as their routine case representing a man named David Hoffman ignites an incendiary trail of deception and betrayal. A member of the witness protection program, Hoffman has defrauded the government and eluded the Mob’s pursuit of his stunning secret: a coded algorithm capable of crippling the Internet and disarming national security.

Because of the intense threat posed by such a code, federal agents want Hoffman dead or alive. But the Mob wants him alive, more than willing to obtain the algorithm by whatever means necessary. And the would-be lawyers–caught in the middle of this deadly triangle–must overcome their differences and work together if they’re to survive long enough to graduate.

Bestselling author Randy Singer offers up his most dynamic legal thriller yet in a story based on his own real-life experience as an attorney assisting the U.S. Witness Protection Program. With page-turning suspense and heart-stopping twists, False Witness delivers on every level.