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THE RESURRECTION FILE
Chambers of Justice Series, Book #1
Craig Parshall
Harvest House
Legal Thriller
ISBN: 0736908471

Author Interview

This first book in the Chambers of Justice series introduces Will Chambers, attorney at law. THE RESURRECTION FILE refers to the case that down-on-his-luck attorney Chambers is working on. As a matter of fact, it's the only case that he has to work on since his law firm recently "disengaged" him and the only clients who he has had lately were "slow pays" or "no pays." All of this trouble only serves to feed the depression that Will has been nurturing since his wife was murdered. The fact that he keeps trying to solve his problems with alcohol has only made things worse.

Like Will himself, the case seems hopeless. A small-time preacher, Angus MacCameron, has written a scathing commentary on the recently published scientific findings of Dr. Albert Reichstad. Here he reports findings that claim that the Resurrection of Jesus Christ was only a myth, further stating that he has proof that the body of Jesus is still in the tomb. Reichstad hires a high-powered attorney to sue the preacher. It certainly raises the question, "Why would a renowned scientist be so upset over the words of an unknown preacher in an even lesser known publication?"

As the answers to that question unfold, so does this thought provoking tale. It's a compelling, realistic story right off the front pages. And, as Will is pursuing truth, God is pursuing Will and the author easily incorporates Will's spiritual awakening without ever being preachy.

   --- Reviewed by Maggie Harding

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CUSTODY OF THE STATE
Chambers of Justice Series, Book #2
Craig Parshall
Harvest House
Legal Thriller
ISBN: 0736910263

Author Interview

CUSTODY OF THE STATE by Craig Parshall is the second in the Chambers of Justice series. Attorney Will Chambers continues to regain the ground he lost when he allowed alcohol and despair to pull at him as he grieved over the murder of his wife. He has had a spiritual awakening and is truly experiencing what it means to be born again.

Life gets hectic as his reputation for championing lost causes spreads. He is on the verge of a breakthrough in an international case involving terrorist activity against American missionaries when he gets an urgent plea to defend a Georgia farm family against charges of child abuse. Between these cases and getting his law practice back on track, he has little time to pursue the fair Fiona who played a big part in his recent conversion.

Once again the forces of good vs. evil are explored and we see that power-hungry executives with the backing of corrupt politicians make a formidable foe. In fact, the very ones charged with protecting the innocent are part of the problem. This is the arena in which our hero, bolstered by his newly found faith, does battle. Chambers' determination never falters as he works to uncover the plot formed against the innocent young Fellows family.

Parshall draws from his twenty-seven years as a lawyer to provide authentic courtroom machinations and drama. The reader gets an inside look at the fine points of law and how they can be manipulated to serve the guilty as well as the innocent.

   --- Reviewed by Maggie Harding

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THE ACCUSED
Chambers of Justice Series, Book #3
Craig Parshall
Harvest House
Legal Thriller
ISBN: 0736911731

Author Interview

Power hungry politicians, fiendish terrorists, treacherous drug dealers and corrupt police supply the gripping events that plunge Will Chambers into the most dangerous case of his life. A highly respected special forces Colonel is accused of killing an innocent family during a daring rescue operation. The fact that Colonel Marlow cannot reveal all of the details makes defending him complex. What is really going on?

In this, his third book in the Chambers of Justice series, Craig Parshall weaves headline events, courtroom drama, human relationships and emerging faith in God into a powerful and thought provoking story. It begins joyfully with Will and Fiona on their honeymoon in Cancun. Having worked out some of their earlier communication problems and having set aside their busy schedules, they are ready to settle into married life. However, before the honeymoon is completed, the kidnapping of an American official begins a series of events that may once again awaken the demons that Will thought he had defeated.

Parshall deftly pulls together characters and events from the first two books, giving justice another chance to prevail against those who escaped her power before. Cops and Christians don't believe in coincidence, so once again we also see the role that God plays in the lives of those who put their faith in Him.

   --- Reviewed by Maggie Harding

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MISSING WITNESS
Chambers of Justice Series, Book #4
Craig Parshall
Harvest House
Legal Thriller
ISBN: 0736911758

Author Interview

MISSING WITNESS, book four in the Chambers of Justice series, presents Will Chambers with the most difficult challenge of his career. Talk about cold cases! He has to prove that Isaac Joppa, who lived more than 300 years ago, was innocent of piracy.

If Isaac Joppa's innocence can be proved, Reverend Joppa will inherit Stony Island off the coast of North Carolina, left to him by Randolph Willowby, a distant cousin who was also related to the alleged pirate. Of course there are those who benefit if Will loses the case. Enter the dastardly Blackjack Morgan, who is certain that the secret to Blackbeard's buried booty is hidden on the island. Morgan is a good ol' boy godfather type who seems to have everyone in his debt, including Judge Hawsley Gadwell who is trying this unusual case. But loyalty through intimidation seldom lasts and one wonders which of Morgan's lackeys will be plotting to betray him first.

Without the benefit of Google and the myriad of research sources available today, Chambers begins this seemingly impossible investigation. He skillfully follows the few threads he has and starts to unravel the mystery that surrounds the most infamous dweller on the Reverend Jonathan Joppa's family tree.

Once again Parshall has a cast of interesting characters that play against a backdrop jam-packed with history, suspense and legal maneuverings. Among the plotlines --- Chambers' beautiful wife, Fiona, is having serious difficulty carrying their first child, there are intermittent chapters that detail Isaac Joppa's adventures, and then there is the drama surrounding Reverend Joppa's struggle with his faith. These are back-stories that intrigue but never distract.

   --- Reviewed by Maggie Harding

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THE LAST JUDGMENT
Chambers of Justice Series, Book #5
Craig Parshall
Harvest House
Legal Thriller
ISBN: 0736912924

Craig Parshall has created a fitting finale for his "Chambers of Justice" series in this fifth book. THE LAST JUDGMENT incorporates all of the elements that made us wish this series would continue indefinitely: mature and likeable characters, topical timeliness, and electrifying courtroom drama, all built on a firm, Biblical foundation of values and truths. Historical detail about the cults and offshoots of ancient religions help put current events into perspective. In addition, Parshall's skilled descriptions deftly transport the reader from the midst of Mideast mayhem to tropical island nations to the Oval Office without ever losing the thread of the story.

Long a champion of lost causes, Will Chambers is called upon to defend a young Christian convert against charges of terrorism. Will had first met Hass-an Gilead Amahn when he was accused of inciting a riot at a Muslim convention. Having successfully defended him against those charges, Will was drawn to the second case against his better judgment and against the pleading of his wife, Fiona, who had just lost her Father and did not want her husband traveling to the Middle East, putting himself in harm's way. But, as a man of God, Will believed he was called to defend Gilead just as Gilead believed he had been called to preach to his former countrymen. When the Dome of the Temple Mount was destroyed, while Gilead preached, the fallout threatened more than the fragile peace talks between Israel and Palestine.

Over the years, Will has gained the loyalty of many who are now more than eager to help him as he faces the most difficult challenge of his career. While not scriptural, you might say that Will is the recipient of some really good karma! Friends like private investigator Tiny Heftland, newsman Jack Hornby, and Special Forces hero Caleb Marlowe are people who we would all like to know and be able to count on if we got into a jam. And Will's old nemesis, Warren Mullburn, is back with another evil scheme designed to increase his wealth and power while dealing a death-blow to Christianity and the Israelis. Mullburn has power that goes beyond his corporate holdings and his island's political sanctuary. He personifies evil with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. It is rousing good fun to watch our hero take him on in the courtroom and to see him squirm as he is hoisted on his own petard.

Fans of the series will recognize faithful friends and treacherous enemies from previous stories, but the book easily stands alone as an outstanding work of suspense, courtroom drama, and diligent research. Like saying goodbye to an old friend, we hope that we will meet again. If you have never read any of Craig Parshall's books, I recommend you begin with the first in the series, THE RESURRECTION FILE.

   --- Reviewed by Maggie Harding, a substance abuse counselor in Phoenix, AZ who wanted to be Brenda Starr before life intervened. She reviews for www.bookreporter.com and www.womenonwriting.com. To contact Maggie, e-mail Magster2@cox.net

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