Item description for Trial (Repack) by Robert Whitlow...
Overview Years after losing his wife and children in an awful accident, attorney Ken McClain sinks deeper and deeper into a suicidal depression, until taking the case of accused killer Peter Thomason, which gives the despondent lawyer a sense of purpose.
A lawyer ready to die takes one final case...the trial of his life.
Attorney Kent "Mac" MacClain has nothing left to live for. Nine years after the horrific accident that claimed the life of his wife and two sons, he's finally given up. His empty house is a mirror for his empty soul, it seems suicide is his only escape. And then the phone rings.
Angela Hightower, the beautiful heiress and daughter of the most powerful man in Dennison Springs, has been found dead at the bottom of a ravine. The accused killer, Peter Thomason, needs a lawyer. But Mac has come up against the Hightowers and their ruthless, high-powered lawyers before -- an encounter that left his practice and reputation reeling.
The evidence pointing to Thomason's guilt seems insurmountable. Is Mac defending an ingenious psychopath, or has Thomason been framed--possibly by a member of the victim's family? It comes down to one last trial. For Thomason, the opponent is the electric chair. For Mac, it is his own tormented past--a foe that will prove every bit as deadly.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.46" Width: 5.44" Height: 1.22" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Oct 6, 2004
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0849945194 ISBN13 9780849945199 UPC 023755023711
Availability 0 units.
More About Robert Whitlow
Whitlow is a Merit Scholar graduate of Furman University and the University of Georgia School of Law. He has been in private legal practice since 1976.
Robert Whitlow currently resides in the state of North Carolina. Robert Whitlow was born in 1954.
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The Trial Mar 17, 2007
This was an outstanding legal mystery. The exploration of personal guilt and professional obligation overlayed with the character development of the major players made it an extremely enjoyable read.
MY FAVORITE WHITLOW ....... Jul 21, 2006
book so far.. A very easy book to read and understand. Well developed characters. A ending with twist....If you have time to read just one book- read the TRIAL..
It's not a "Trial" to read this great book... Dec 27, 2003
Attorney Kent "Mac" MacClain is on the brink--nine years earlier, he was at the wheel in a horrible accident that took the lives of his wife and children. Mac is having a spiritual crisis--feeling unable to deal with the deep pain and hurt the accident placed upon his heart and soul and decides the time has come to end his own lfie, when the phone rings in his office. He has been asked to take on the case of Pete Thomason, a man who is accused of killing Angela Hightower, the daughter of a family of high power and prestige in the small town in which Mac lives and works. Against Pete is not only a mountain of compelling evidence but also the fact that he cannot recall any details of the events leading up to the death of Angla.
Both men face a spritual crisis. Both men are fighting for thier lives.
So begins Robert Whitlow's second novel, "The Trial." After thoroughly enjoying his work on "Lfie Support" I was eager to find more of Mr. Whitlow's work. I'm happy to say that the great storytelling, character development and page-turning suspense of "Life Support" are also very much at work here in "The Trial." Whitlow balances a lot of separate story threads--Mac's spiritual crisis, his budding relationship with Anna Wilkes, a pyschologist who evaluates Pete, the story of Pete and what is happening to him in the prison and the pain and suffering of the Hightowers as they try to make sense of what happened on that night to take their daughter. "The Trial" is more than just a legal thriller, it's also a murder mystery that will keep you turning the pages to find out who did it and why.
But, as with "Life Support" the greatest parts of "The Trial" are not the moments in which we have the stunning revelations of who commited these acts and why, but insted Whitlow's character creations and the building of his setting for the novels. As with "Life Support" it's the little details that make this books so compelling to read. It's easy to see bits and pieces not only of yourself but people you might know in your daily walk in the characters who inhabit Whitlow's novels. Mac is a man who goes to church on Sunday, but his attendance is dictated on how the Gerogia football team did the following day and he has a Sunday School class full of fellow fans (and despite my beign a die-hard Tennessee fan, I didn't mind this too much...esp. since the Tenenssee-Georga game that Whitlow tells about his book has the Vols winning...but I digress). We see prayer circles that pray for Mac, we see Mac meet Anna and her young son, who awaken some long forgotten feelings deep inside him.. We see Mac serve as a mentor to a new young attorney and we see him fight for the life of his client. All of this while struggling with his own internal demons. Mac is a compellng character, as are all the characters in this novel. "The Trial" resists the urge to give us one-dimensional characters. Instead, each character is uniquely human with his or her own strengths and weaknesses, all of which are on display here in the novel.
"The Trial" of the title not only refers to the court case that Mac wants to win but the spiritual war that goes on in both his and Pete's soul. The novel features a lot of twist and turns, but Whitlow always keeps them grounded and feeling authentic, something that can be difficult to do.
The other great strength of this novel is that Whitlow superbly uses the elements of a typical Christian thriller and makes them fresh and new. He never strays into the cliches. As the novel progresses and certain events happen, they feel natural, coming out of not only the flow of the narrative but also on what we know about the characters from the previous chapters.
All in all, "The Trial" is a compelling and dynamic read. It is a novel that I heartly recommend to anyone looking for a great legal thriller inhabited by compelling and interesting characters. Whitlow has captured the imagination of this reader and I cannot wait to read the next of his novels. If I wasn't a fan before, I most certainly am now...
Hmm... This is awesome! Nov 4, 2003
This is a book that keeps the pace moving. This was the third Whitlow book I'd read, and I consider it his personal best. Warning to all readers: You will get caught up in this book!
Gun or pills? Pills or gun? How do you kill yourself when you have nothing to live for? Those are the questions that attorney Kent "Mac" McClain asks himself one Friday afternoon. Pills or gun, gun or pills.....
Then the phone rings!
Mac is offered the case of a lifetime. Killing yourself can wait until later, because Mac is offered a case against the Hightower family, a family he took on once before, and lost against. He meets a Christian psychologist to do some evaluations on the accused, Peter Thomason. The question is this; Did Peter Hightower really kill anyone, or was he somehow set up?
Whitlow is always a winner. Whitlow is always a supreme witness for Jesus and he doesn't leave you bored between pages either. This is a good book to start with if you want to read Robert Whitlow!
Gripping, Engaging and Inspiring! Mar 13, 2002
Move over, John Grisham! Now we get a suspenseful courtroom drama, engaging characters, an enthralling plot and a real-life look at the power of a loving God all in one book! Whitlow's first book, "The List" was a great read, but in "The Trial" his writing style has become smoother and more professional. The characters are real and believable, and they grow and change in a satisfying manner from the beginning of the book to the end. If you pick this book up, I hope you don't have any plans for the rest of the day!