Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Character Spotlight ~ Randy Singer's Quinn Newberg and Aussie Giveaway

Today the spotlight shines on..........................................................Quinn Newberg


Randy Singer is one of the best writers of legal thrillers I know. I have devoured every one of his novels but By Reason of Insanity eclipsed them all. I have selected By Reason of Insanity as my book club's June selection - its going to be fun!

I love this insight into Quinn Newberg, a quintessential skeptic and lawyer extraordinare!
Over to you, Randy:~

Brief physical description

Quinn Newberg is a Las Vegas criminal defense attorney, described by the media as a “legal magician.” He is a little over six feet, angular and lean, with the fluid movements of an athlete. He has the mysterious look of a Vegas illusionist, with straight black hair and a trim goatee. Dark eyebrows shade expressive almond eyes that seem to dance and spark in ways that have you nodding your head when he speaks.

Think of a taller version of Apolo Anton Ohno, the Olympic speed skater.

Rel:~ It wasn't how I pictured Quinn but now I have thought about it, Apolo is just right!


Strengths and weaknesses


Strengths

Quinn is a showman from Vegas, the show capital of the world. He learned his theatrics at Vegas magic shows and applies them in the courtroom—combining the flair of a performer with the unpredictability of a high stakes gambler.

Underneath the flamboyant exterior is a guy incredibly loyal to his sister and niec
e, a man with a strong (though misguided) sense of honor and justice, and a tenacity that pretty much knows no bounds. He is also extremely practical and realistic, unafraid to confront enormous challenges head on.

Weaknesses


He doesn’t see the spiritual dimension in life. Everything is fair game for his legal manipulations and maneuverings. The insanity plea is nothing more than a tactical maneuver. He also has deep-rooted insecurities that spring from an abusive childhood.

Quirk (if any)

He loves to gamble and he’s pretty good at it. He’s not above teaming up with another Vegas card shark to cheat wealthy out-of-towners for a good cause. He is more calculating than most compulsive gamblers, but he still has a hard time knowing when it’s time to fold—in cards or in life.

Your inspiration for the char
acter

With Quinn, I wanted to dive inside the mind of a spiritual skeptic. I decided that Las Vegas would be a good place to find one. And what occupation would be
better than that of a trial lawyer—not just any trial lawyer, but one who specializes in the insanity plea for criminal defendants?

I wanted to shine a sliver of light in the darkness. To do that, I needed it dark. The work of criminal defense lawyers is dark.

The work of a criminal defense lawyer with an abused
childhood representing an accused serial killer—that’s real dark.

But if it’s going to be dark, I wanted a protagonist whose personality would help lift him above that a little. So, I pulled together a composite. The passion of a friend who practices criminal defense law and always believes he has justice on his side. The showmanship of Tom Cruise in A Few Good Men. And the intensity of David Blaine, a famous Vegas illusionist. Add two cases that are very personal in nature, shake vigorously and bake—and out pops Quinn Newberg.


Backgrou
nd to the story

I wrote By Reason of Insanity to help readers think about whether a spiritual dimension
exists. Quinn doesn’t think so. But then, how can he explain the supernatural visions that his client has about serial murders? Either she’s guilty or there’s another dimension—a God who speaks to those who are willing to listen.

Prior to writing this book, I was intrigued by reports of Muslims who have been led to Christ after seeing visions (typically during Ramadan). Does God sometimes communicate with us in extraordinary ways right here in the United States? I think He does. But we must also realize that God has already fully revealed Himself to us through His written Word and would never show us anything in visions or dreams inconsistent with His Word.

Putting all that together, here is a brief synopsis of the story:

Quinn’s latest client is Catherine O’Rourke, a Virginia Beach reporter accused of being the serial killer named the Avenger of Blood. Catherine maintains her innocence, though she claims to have seen visions with graphic details of the crimes—details only the killer would know. Quinn doesn’t believe in the supernatural and thinks these “visions” are nothing more than the product of a fractured personality disorder, triggered by a traumatic event in Catherine’s past.


Quinn knows insanity cases are unpredictable, but nothing in his past has prepared him for this one. To win, or even survive, he’ll need more than his famed legal maneuvering and biting sarcasm.

On this case, he’ll need a miracle.


Loved this, Randy ~ thanks for giving us some of your valuable time to share this spotlight!


Aussie Giveaway

I have a copy of Randy's book to giveaway!

To be eligible to enter you MUST have an Australian mailing address, leave contact details and a comment before midnight on 15th March, 2009


Relz Reviewz Extras

Review of By Reason of Insanity

Visit Randy's website

Help render a verdict for Randy's next book, The Justice Game

Buy Randy's books at Amazon or Koorong

12 comments:

Beth said...

I'd love to win this.
I got into Randy's books after reading the voting thing on the ending of a book he was writing on your blog. Since then I've been borrowing them from the library.

bethstitch09(at)yahoo(dot)com(dot(au)

southeastcountrywife said...

i read this and planned to comment because it was a randy singer book and i hadn't even noticed it was a giveaway! bonus points. :)

i've only bought and read one of his books but was very impressed and always had intentions of buying more. it mostly hasn't happened because koorong seemed to be regularly out of stock in the adelaide store. lol

i have to tell you, though, i bought "the convenient groom" yesterday (online so don't have it yet) after reading your review and also liking both denise hunter books i've previously read...so your reviews do have impact. :D

Rel said...

That's great,Beth!

Glad to hear that Kristy but oh the pressure!!! Hope you like it :)

jaana said...

Please enter me in the draw!

Deborah said...

no need to enter me but i just wanted to say Rel!! Va Beach!! that's where I'm from!!! so after read this and Christy Barritt's books you can picture what life is like for me!

C.J. Darlington said...

By Reason of Insanity was a FANTASTIC novel. Kept me going all through as to who was good and who was bad.

Nora St. Laurent said...

I LOVED Randy Singers books especially Direct Verdict.I brought a copy and sent it to my entire immediate family who don't know Jesus as their Savior. The story was so powerful, engaging.Randy talked so honestly about Jesus in the story I had hoped my family would get involved in the story and get the powerful message in this amazing story.

No one ever said a word to me about the book. I'm sure they didn't want to get me started in talking about Jesus. Thank you Randy for doing it for me. :D

Nora :D

Tracy said...

Would you put me in the draw for this one. The book sounds completely thrilling!

Jewelz said...

I don't think I've read anything by Randy Singer, but this sounds really good!!
Please enter me :)

HeatherH said...

I haven't read any of Randy's books before either. I'm always keen to discover new authors - I've discovered a lot of new authors through your site Rel. Thanks so much for taking the time to do all your posts - I don't know how you do it.

ad said...

Please enter me in the draw as this book sounds quite enthralling!

Allison said...

Hi Rel, Sounds like a fantastic read. Please enter me in the draw. Hope you are all well.
Alli

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