Book Review: By Reason of Insanity

3 Jun


Following a series of murders, Catherine O’Rourke experiences disturbing dreams that detail each crime. After sharing them with investigators, she’s arrested as the main suspect.

Las Vegas lawyer Quinn Newberg believes in justice—and his client—but he doesn’t believe her dreams are anything other than the result of a fractured personality disorder. Though he knows insanity cases are unpredictable, nothing has prepared Quinn for this. To win, or even survive, he’ll need more than his famed legal maneuvering. On this case, he’ll need a miracle.




pic_lg_singer_randyRandy Singer is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author and veteran trial attorney. He has penned more than 10 legal thrillers and was recently a finalist with John Grisham and Michael Connelly for the inaugural Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction sponsored by the University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal. Randy runs his own law practice and has been named to Virginia Business magazine’s select list of “Legal Elite” litigation attorneys. In addition to his law practice and writing, Randy serves as teaching pastor for Trinity Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He calls it his “Jekyll and Hyde thing”—part lawyer, part pastor. He also teaches classes in advocacy and civil litigation at Regent Law School and, through his church, is involved with ministry opportunities in India. He and his wife, Rhonda, live in Virginia Beach. They have two grown children. Visit his website at

My Impressions:

When you have the craving for a good legal suspense novel, the author to pick up is Randy Singer. He always delivers a book with twists, turns, and edge of the seat suspense. I found all that and more in By Reason of Insanity. The book opens in a Las Vegas courtroom where hotshot lawyer, Quinn Newberg, is representing his sister for murder of her abusive husband. A top litigator, Quinn has quickly become a must have lawyer in insanity pleas (much to the chagrin of his law partners.) Although there is not very much money in insanity defenses, the notoriety brings business into his firm. What he can’t make in billable hours, he tries to supplement at the high stakes poker tables. A young reporter from Virginia Beach covered this trial and when Catherine finds herself in the middle of a serial kidnapping and killing spree, she insists Quinn second chair her local lawyer’s strategy.

Singer does a great job presenting the ins and outs of the very rare, yet newsworthy insanity defense. He also shows the degrading and dehumanizing system surrounding our jails. Not an apologist for easy treatment, the book does show how quickly the need for survival usurps manners and morals. Singer also looks at how God may speak in visions and dreams, revealing truth. The dreams and visions Catherine experiences are so far out that even she begins to doubt her role in the murders. And if you like for a book to keep you guessing, By Reason of Insanity will have your puzzled up to the very end. A good book to take with you on vacation, I recommend By Reason of Insanity.


(I purchased this book for my Kindle. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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