Clark Shealy is a bail bondsman with the ultimate bounty on the line: his wife’s life. He has forty-eight hours to find an Indian professor in possession of the Abacus Algorithm—an equation so powerful it could crack all Internet encryption.
Four years later, law student Jamie Brock is working in legal aid when a routine case takes a vicious twist: she and two colleagues learn that their clients, members of the witness protection program, are accused of defrauding the government and have the encrypted algorithm in their possession. After a life-changing trip to the professor’s church in India, the couple also has the key to decode it.
Now they’re on the run from federal agents and the Chinese mafia, who will do anything to get the algorithm. Caught in the middle, Jamie and her friends must protect their clients if they want to survive long enough to graduate.
If you want to enjoy an intriguing legal thriller, Randy Singer is a sure bet, and his recent stories just keep getting better and better. False Witness is a repackaged edition of this story, originally published in 2007 and I have to admit it shows. It still contains the many twists and turns I have come to expect from Singer but the characterisation is not up to the standard of his more recent works. Clark and Jessica Shealy felt distant to me, as opposed to Jamie and her friends, which had an impact on my investment in the story. If this had been my first Singer book, I may have felt differently, but admiring the skills he displays in his more recent works, made me a little more fussy with this story. That said, there is plenty to enjoy in False Witness, as the Chinese mafia pursue an Indian professor who holds the key to crack all internet encryption codes, student lawyers battle it out against experienced attorneys and the FBI decides to stop at nothing to ensure the Algorithm does not fall into the wrong hands. So when you pick up False Witness, make sure you get your hands on By Reason of Insanity, Directed Verdict, Fatal Convictions and more from this talented lawyer/pastor.
With thanks to B&B Media Group for my review copy
Relz Reviewz Extras
Review of By Reason of Insanity
Character spotlight on Alex Madison from Fatal Convictions
Character spotlight on Quinn Newberg from By Reason of Insanity