Wednesday, May 6, 2009

According to Their Deeds by Paul Robertson

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

According To Their Deeds

Bethany House (March 1, 2009)


Paul Robertson


Paul Robertson is a computer programming consultant, part-time high-school math and science teacher, and the author of The Heir. He is also a former Christian bookstore owner (for 15 years), who lives with his family in Blacksburg, Virginia.


A Deadly Game of Justice Versus Mercy Charles Beale lives outside the shadow of Washington, D.C. Politics and power matter only when a client crosses the Potomac to visit his Alexandria Rare Books shop.

But that all changes when a former client--a man deeply connected in the Justice Department--is found murdered after a break-in gone bad. When Charles reclaims at auction the books he'd once sold, he quickly discovers he's bought more trouble than he could have ever imagined.

Inside one volume are secrets. A collection of sins that, if revealed, could destroy reputations, careers--even lives. Charles soon learns he isn't the only who knows. Going to the police means ruining a multitude of lives. But staying silent puts a target on his shop, his wife--and himself. Charles must decide: Should one mistake really cost you everything?

If you would like to read the first chapter of According To Their Deeds, go HERE

My Review:

According to Their Deeds is a page turner from start to finish. I loved it. It is interesting and has a unique tone to it. The main theme is justice versus mercy. Charles and Dorothy Beale own a used collectible bookstore. Charles buys back at auction a set of books and in one of them it is hollowed out with incriminating papers about government officials. He sold the books over to the years to an acquaintance Derek Bastian who was a government official. Charles sets out to discover the mystery behind the papers and uncovers a lot in the process. In the book there are little asides that are flashbacks to conversations that Charles and Derek had debating philosophy etc. from the old books that Derek bought from Charles. There is great dialogue throughout the novel. The author has a way with words. I especially loved the play on book titles between his employees and him. Although the ending is perfect for the story it is not what the reader might necessarily expect. I did not see it coming or who the bad guy turns out to be. Overall it is a great suspense/mystery read. I highly recommend it. :)

1 comment:

Amy said...

I really really loved this book!! It was so unique!

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