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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Beyond Justice

By:  Joshua Graham

From Goodreads: THE DESCENT INTO HELL IS NOT ALWAYS VERTICAL…Sam Hudson, a reputable San Diego attorney, learns this when the authorities wrongfully convict him of the brutal rape and murder of his wife and daughter, and sends him to death row. There he awaits execution by lethal injection.If he survives that long.In prison, Sam fights for his life while his attorney works frantically on his appeal. It is then that he embraces the faith of his departed wife and begins to manifest supernatural abilities. Abilities which help him save lives– his own, those of his unlikely allies–and uncover the true killer’s identity, unlocking the door to his exoneration.Now a free man, Sam’s newfound faith confronts him with the most insurmountable challenge yet. A challenge beyond vengeance, beyond rage, beyond anything Sam believes himself capable of: to forgive the very man who murdered his family, according to his faith. But this endeavor reveals darker secrets than either Sam or the killer could ever have imagined. Secrets that hurtle them into a fateful collision course.BEYOND JUSTICE, a tale of loss, redemption, and the power of faith.

This blog is part of the Blog Tour for this book hosted by Pump Up Your Book Promotions.  I was pretty excited to read this book because I love a good legal thriller.  However, you might notice a little word up there in the summary that gave me a bit of pause...FAITH.  I was worried that this was going to be an overly religious preachy book.  No worries though, while religion was talk about a lot, I didn't feel like it was being forced on me as the reader and I don't think a religion of preference was ever specified now that I think about it.

I'm sure writers don't particularly like being compared to another, but this book felt like John Grisham had spent the afternoon at a tent revival and this was the story he came home and wrote.  It was mostly a great legal thriller with a drive-you-crazy mystery and a little Christian fiction sprinkled over it.  Mr. Graham has a wonderful, easy to read writing style.  This was a big book and I sat down and found myself halfway through it in one sitting.

I'll admit that I read a lot and most books are somewhat predictable.  Whodunit is usually fairly obvious about halfway through.  In this case, not so AT ALL.  I was completely surprised and I love that!  Gold Star for the ending on this one!


1 comment:

yllektra (force-oblique) said...

Oh, I love mystery/crime books!
I will make sure to check it out!
Thanks for the rec/review!