I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and you will too, if you like legal thrillers. It had a little bit of everything from mobsters, murder/mayhem, lawyer/law issues, and politics. This is a thinking person's book with action thrown in everywhere, but it doesn't necessitate an analytical reader to enjoy this story. So, what did I like about this book? The writing style was crisp and the characters fully developed. There were no lag times, nor were there moments when a reader is arguing with the writer regarding plot development. It was a smooth read from end to end. I loved the ending, as it is a rare kind of ending (see below for further details).
What may detract from the story: the ending. (Now I know you'll say I'm contradicting myself, so please be patient.) Mr. Strobel developed a style of ending I call open-ended (leaving it up to the reader to decide the ending as opposed to most authors' style of tying up all the details, thus leaving no imagination for the reader to utilize). This is an ending style seldom employed, but is great to use as the author involves the reader all the way to the end. So, if you're not used to having the option in deciding the ending, be aware of this going into the story. It can change the flavor of the story slightly.
A corrupt judge in a mob murder case. A disillusioned pastor, hungry for power. A cynical reporter, sniffing for a scandal. A gambling addict whose secret tape threatens the lives of everyone who hears it. New York Times bestselling author Lee Strobel weaves these edgy characters into an intricate thriller set in a gleaming, suburban megachurch, a big-city newspaper struggling for survival, and the shadowy corridors of political intrigue. The unexpected climax is as gripping as the contract killing that punctuates the opening scene.