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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 beautifA 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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Number of Pages : 464 Pages
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The Trial Reviews

  • Jerry
    2019-05-04 15:25

    This one took me a while, but I enjoyed it! It was full of suspense and plot twists.

  • Suze
    2019-04-19 19:24

    THE TRIALI watched the movie a few years ago, it was very good. But this book is so very much better. Good characters, good story.

  • Susannah Carleton
    2019-04-24 21:39

    A very good, tautly paced, and suspenseful legal thriller. It's the first book by this author I have read, but I'll be looking for others.

  • Yo Leo Ficción Cristiana
    2019-05-02 16:44

    RESEÑA COMPLETA*NOTA: Este libro fue llevado al cine en el 2010 con el mismo nombre. Tanto la película como el libro están disponibles en español*Increíble narrativa.El juicio es un libro que he visto varias veces en la librería, pero por una razón inexplicable, no me animaba a comprarlo. Ahora me arrepiento de no haberlo leído antes.Este libro es magnífico. Me encantó la narración del autor porque no sólo es ficción para disfrutar, sino que está muy bien escrito. Además, la historia tiene tantos misterios por resolver, que justo cuando creía saber la verdad sobre lo ocurrido; el autor me sorprendió con un inesperado giro en los hechos.

  • Cassandra
    2019-04-29 21:38

    3.5 starsWhy did I choose this novel? It won a Christy award and I have an informal goal of reading all of the Christy winners.I have two different opinions about this book. First 3/4's of the book - well-paced, good character development, interesting look at preparing for a trial.Last 1/4 of the book - rushed, character development was a stretch, ending required slightly more than a suspension of disbelief. Maybe if the ending had more of a build-up throughout the novel...That said, I couldn't put it down and read it in less than three days. Definitely more of a legal thriller than a mystery thriller. The cleanness of the Christian novel was a welcome relief from the normal violence in a legal thriller. I might have to read another novel by this author.

  • Jaci
    2019-05-08 15:24

    De principio a fin quedé enamorada de este libro. La historia, la narración, los personajes, todo es perfecto.La historia hizo que quiera ser abogada, inocente, culpable, mejor dicho, estar dentro del libro y convivir con los personajes. No sólo los hechos fueron increibles en la historia, sino también el mensaje. Siempre hay perdon para el que de veras decide arrepentirse.Me enteré que también tiene adaptación cinematográfica, así que ya quiero ver la peli :)

  • Jannie
    2019-05-18 16:52

    Whitlow reminds me of a Christian John Grisham. Excellent writing. The details of the case and the murder investigation had me on the edge of my seat. The spiritual development of the main character and others was skillfully woven into the storyline. Mac was very sympathetic and likable even during those moments of bitterness and anger toward God. When he finally surrenders to Jesus and lets go of the pain and guilt, I wanted to celebrate. Can't wait to read more of Whitlow's books.

  • Uncommon Student
    2019-05-17 18:26

    The only thing worse than being accused of murder, is not being able to remember whether or not you did. The daughter of Alex Hightower, business tycoon of Dennison Springs, Angela is found at the bottom of a cliff and someone has to pay. All eyes turn to Pete Thomason, who finds himself arrested, accused of murder, and assigned a state appointed lawyer. Attorney Mac McClain lives an empty life in an empty house, daily missing his wife and two sons. Suicidal thoughts haunt him through the day, until he receives a phone call that brings an exciting challenge into to his life - prove the perfect crime didn't happen. Mac begins chasing down any details that might have been overlooked, drug tests, lie detectors, and paint chips off the car. Along the way he meets a brand-new lawyer, with a heart for challenge and an outlook on life that amazes Mac. He also meets Anna, a psychiatrist who encourages Mac to let go of guilt and trust God. Masterfully told, The Trial keeps you on the edge of your seat from the very beginning. Whitlow balances multiple characters and storylines, keeping it twisting but not confusing. The story of faith redeeming even where there seems to be despair was refreshing to read and it was sobering to see how often we place the fate of a man into the hands of mortal men and women. The Trial touches on continuing to trust God, even when we don't understand how He is working. He works it all for the good of those who love Him. Greatly enjoyed The Trial. Highly recommended!

  • Barbara
    2019-05-18 18:51

    The idea of defending a client so that he doesn't receive the death penalty for a murder he says, and you've come to believe, that he didn't commit would be stressful for anyone, let alone a lawyer who is feeling his life has no value right now. Robert Whitlow does a marvelous job exploring this issue, adding in some clean romance, a curious family dynamic, medical emergencies, spiritual growth, salvation, the power of prayer, and the question of how far our forgiveness can extend itself when we have been very wronged. Even the more minor characters, especially Henry, are delightful. This plot demonstrates just how far the greed for wealth will carry some individuals down the wrong moral path. I highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys a good legal thriller.

  • Terri Lytle
    2019-04-24 14:29

    I borrowed this book from a friend, and at first I considered returning it right away after reading about 5 chapters, as it was kinda "Jesus-y"....I'm not into that. But aside from religious overtones, the storyline was awesome! It was a compelling read, for sure! Even when I thought I had the bad guy pinned, I ended up being wrong! A solid four stars!

  • ReBecca
    2019-05-13 17:34

    This book was so so.... I think I would have liked it more, if there wasn't so much religious reference in it. I just felt there was so much of it, that it took away from the actual trial and story line....because of that, I wouldn't recommend this book to others, unless they are more on the religious side.

  • Jan Murphy
    2019-05-11 17:34

    Touching and inspiringI really liked this book. It was inspiring to read. I liked the characters and how the author fleshed them out; you really began to care for them. I also liked the religious aspects of the book. It is refreshing to read a book with a good story line that isn't filled with sex and profanity. Thank you sir. I will certainly read more of your books.

  • Gabbie
    2019-05-10 19:52

    This was a great book - but am not a reader that enjoys my fiction written with religious undertone. Jesus and prayer don't appeal to me and I don't pick up any books labeled as such. I am not sure how books or writers get the Christian label, but if it wasn't for that I would read more by this writer.

  • Karen A Owens
    2019-05-05 18:51

    Book so much better than the movie!I began the book and when mid-through saw that there was a movie available. What a disappointment. Did not do the book justice, poor acting, not all the same characters in either, so I went back and finished the book. Really glad I did. Mr Whitlow, don't let the movie moguls ruin your books ever again.

  • Nathan
    2019-04-24 15:49

    I am genuinely surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It drives forward with the fervour of a racecar, and yet pauses for moments of thoughtfulness. The Gospel truth is presented in an honest and authentic way that does not come across as peachy, corny, or disengenuos.

  • Anita
    2019-05-12 16:36

    If I could eliminate the over the top religious pages..this would be a 5 star story! I absolutely loved the writing unless people were saying things like "how did you help him with the burden of the lord?", or going on 15 day fasts so they could help someone (?). Again, top-notch otherwise.

  • Deb
    2019-05-02 17:28

    Intriguing story about the trial of a falsely accused man that God uses to work in the lives of the lawyer and some prisoners

  • Jacob Phillips
    2019-05-14 18:38

    It was meh.

  • Michael
    2019-05-06 20:25

    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...

  • Nancy Davidson-Bishop
    2019-04-26 14:45

    This book is excellent, I loved it. Happy Ending but good detail throuhout

  • Melinda
    2019-05-01 13:26

    IncredibleI love the writing of Robert Whitlow. As I read this book, I could see, hear, and feel the experiences of the characters.

  • Gloria
    2019-05-16 18:41

    This book covered the appointment of Mac McClain to defend Pete Thomason in a capital murder case where Thomason was accused of killing his friend - possibly girlfriend. The book covered from the appointment to the end of the case. As part of the case, Mac hired a psychologist to evaluate the defendant. After the evaluation took place, Mac and Anna, the psychologist, began exploring a friendship, possibly to lead to more. (view spoiler)[The author threw in some major hints that Pete was being set up and framed. Towards the end of the book, there were scenes from those people who were involved in the conspiracy as well as some of the results/what happened to them. (hide spoiler)]As this is a Christian book, the Presbyterian church's prayer group and their prayers featured heavily throughout, though in snippets, and created loose ends. (view spoiler)[One of the characters, Celeste, received an impression that she was to fast until told otherwise. The readers have to insinuate when the fast was lifted, but it popped up first when she was told to do so with lots of detail, and then as she continued, as the book notes, for at least fourteen days. The end of the fast is not quite so dramatic as the beginning of the fast. Other members received impressions that may have only been for that particular time to inform the readers, but in saying "she kept it to herself to pray about it later", it insinuates a thread that just isn't followed. (hide spoiler)] This is a book which emphasizes orthodox Christian theology and practice, which (view spoiler)[means that about three or more people, main characters, get saved. (hide spoiler)]I think the fact that (view spoiler)[the trial ended with a conviction and sentencing before the conspiracy was revealed (hide spoiler)] resulted in a book which made its grand point, then continued holding on and wasn't quite as concise as it could have been.

  • Brandie
    2019-05-08 18:43

    I was so disappointed in this book. I was thinking I was going to get a Grisham-like book, and instead I got some cheesy become a Christian, pray and all things will right themselves.It was billed to me as a legal thriller book - legal, yes; thriller - umm, no. Unless hiking through woods, everyone turning their lives around, finding true love, and everything wrapped up all nice and lovely counts as a thriller. Okay, so there was one semi-scary part in the book, but alas, I am scratching my head at the thriller part.Now, sometimes I want easy, happily-ever-after the book ends with everything being wonderful - but that is not what I thought this book was. I was so disappointed.And might I also add that Whitlow makes a huge mistake that I think so many Christian authors do - the book is predictable, the message is the same old, and gaining faith (or a deeper sense of faith) somehow makes everything so wonderful and perfect - including in this book a person with a mental issue being prayed over and suddenly the mental issue goes away. I'm sorry, but real life doesn't work that way and I think that mindset sets up too many people for failure - if I had more faith, I wouldn't be depressed. If God loved me I would struggle with anxiety. Suicidal thoughts would lead my mind if only I prayed more. No. It doesn't work that way. Bi-polar can't be prayed away. Becoming a Christian - or getting a deeper faith - does not mean all wounds will heal, true love will appear and all wrongs in your life will be righted. It's naive at best to portray faith in these terms.I wouldn't recommend this book. I doubt I will pick up any Whitlow books in the future. And as soon as I read this book, I promptly got rid of it.

  • Bob
    2019-05-14 19:25

    I'm pleased to have discovered Mr. Whitlow's work. This was a legal drama set against the intrigue of a powerful family, an innocent defendant on trial for his life, a damaged lawyer, an eager and upcoming legal eagle, and a sweet budding romance. But most importantly for me, as a disciple of Christ, it made much of the power of the gospel to make all things new and to give hope where none may be expected. I read one review that criticized the book (unduly in my judgment) for presenting the story in this context because "life doesn't work like that." To that, I'd say the very point of the book is that a life outside of Christ indeed does not "work like that". Therefore, I can well imagine that the life of the reviewer may give no testimony to these things, but I've seen much evidence in the lives of those who have "bowed the knee" that life does in many instances, in fact, "work like that" to the glory of God. I am reminded how a person who sits on the throne of their own heart would not be able to relate to this and I smile upon thinking how this gospel is for them, too.I intend to come back to Mr. Whitlow's work again in the future, DV.

  • Gemma
    2019-05-04 15:26

    There's a lot I could say about this book, and there's a lot I can't say about it. Mac McClain is a man haunted by the memory of his wife and sons, all three killed in a car accident nine years ago. In his law office one Friday night, he decides to commit suicide, but he gets a call appointing him to defend Pete Thomason, the man charged with the murder of heiress Angela Hightower.I can honestly say I was very moved while reading this book. There's genuine doubt as to Pete's innocence, and Mac's struggle with his past really hits hard. The action in the courtroom is intense, and the action outside it is equally so. The message of letting go and finding healing and salvation is a good one for everyone. Pete's time in prison is alternately dark and inspiring, and the efforts Mac makes to clear his name are paralleled in his own attempts to escape the guilt he feels about his part in the death of his family. The story is funny when it needs to be, and the whole thing has more than a touch of Southern charm. In summary, The Trial is moving, intense, inspiring, and a book I'd recommend to anyone. And I mean anyone.

  • Amy
    2019-04-25 15:30

    Now hold it, hold it! Has everyone had their come to Jesus moment? Mhmmmhmm. Suitably G romantic interests drawn out from the main characters? Check. "Shocking" plot twists....that, um, sort of. Didn't go in expecting a "Christian" thriller, so perhaps I'm reacting with surprise because of that. Still, disappointing. The message is literally "become a Christian and everything good happens. You get out of jail, crazy people are healed, and you won't faint after not eating for over 14 days." Thus, it's faulty doctrine that good things happen as long as you are a basically good person who has a nice come-to-Jesus-moment. There is also misuse of Scripture, including taking verses out of context for a self-application that is sketch at best. Didn't find the Christianity in this novel that compelling. The actual court room scenes were incredibly dramatic, and the "thriller" takes place in the last maybe 1/4th of the book and seems at odd with the preceding 3/4ths. Overall, I'm ambivalent about the book. I found it mediocre on almost every level, to the point of boring. However, it was "clean", and makes a pass at being Christian. Not recommended, but don't violently oppose.

  • Lee
    2019-05-13 16:48

    "There are many ways to worship God. A song, a prayer, a word, a poem, a phrase, an emotion, a physical act, an intention of the heart, and countless other expressions can fix within the framework of accepted adoration. But this day, the women worshipped in the beauty of quiet holiness. It was the activity of heaven brought to earth."How often in a book of murder and intrigue, of law and court settings, would you find such a quote or many other examples of how the Lord Jesus Christ has influenced many for good. Or quote from the scriptures:"And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left." (Isaiah 30:21)I am not yet done reading this book but I will look for more books by this author. I enjoy a good mystery and one set in law even more. I used to read John Grisham but he became ugly in his language and I stopped. This is a great author and this book has been a great read.

  • Jane
    2019-05-08 21:26

    Mac McClain is a lawyer about to kill himself after 9 years of living with guilt of surviving a car accident that killed his wife and 2 teenage sons. He receives a phone call and ends up defending a young man Pete Thomason accused of killing Angela Hightower. The Hightowers are a wealthy, well-connected family. Pete can't remember anything. Turns out he was drugged. Mac hires a new lawyer named David who is a Christian and meets Anna, a psychologist he uses to interview Pete. She is a Christian with a young son. There is a lot of trial stuff and a supporting cast that is believable. Not too preachy but good Christian content. Pete is found quilty and sentenced but vows to make the best of his life even in jail. Eventually we discover that the psychiatrist handling Spencer Hightower's trust fund has been embezzling money for years and tried to kill the remaining Hightowers for all the money. The kidney transplant of Pete, the accused, to Angela's father Hightower was a little much, but finally a good story by a Christian writer.

  • D Carr
    2019-04-26 13:50

    I did not enjoy this as much as Jimmy but it was worth the read. If you are looking for something that is suspenseful, this is not it. But if you don't mind a meandering type story with glimpses of real life, this may do.For me, it would be nice if the innocent were never wrongly accused, people attended church (when they attended) so they would/could be changed and guilt/loss were not so crippling to those who bear it. But then, that would not be real life....Unlike this story, life does not always turn out for many as well as it did for most (if not all) of the characters, herein...But, for some of us, prayer has played an integral part in our lives and does work. As with this story, it is what helps us to grow past the hardships of life and embrace all that life has to offer (the good, the bad, and the ugly times.

  • Larisha
    2019-05-09 17:33

    Robert Whitlow does it again... Another book they draws you in and shows how God acts on behalf of HIS children! Attorney Mac MacClain and accused killer, Peter Thomason learn throughout the pages of this book that ultimate fulfillment & happiness is not based on length of days on earth or achievements recognized by flesh and blood but through relationship with the One who has redeemed us for eternal communion with Himself!!