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Bad Faith
by Robert Tanenbaum
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Simon & Schuster, 2012 (2012)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

This legal thriller finds New York District Attorney Butch Karp intent on convicting David and Nonie Ellis for the death of their son, Micah. When the ten-year-old was battling a rare but treatable cancer, his misguided parents relied solely on prayer and the guidance of Reverend C.G. Westlund to save the boy.

Westlund, the head of the End of Days Reformation Church of Jesus Christ Resurrected, had convinced Nonie Ellis to take out a life insurance policy on her son that listed the reverend and church as beneficiaries. But the sinister minister wouldn't be able to collect if the parents are convicted of reckless manslaughter.

While Westlund mounts a highly visible protest outside the DA's office, Karp's wife, private investigator Marlene Ciampi, goes to Memphis to see what she can dig up on the shady clergyman. What she uncovers will blow the con man's faux halo heavenward. But Marlene has to make sure she doesn't end up with the angels, since there are those who don't want Westlund's past revealed.

Toss in a back story involving a terrorist plot to shake up the city and you have an action packed novel that reaches its explosive conclusion during the city's Halloween festivities. You'll find there are no tricks here, and from start to finish Bad Faith offers a special reading treat you'll long savor.

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