Saturday, August 04, 2007
The Trial by Lindsey Phillip Dew
Thursday, June 28, 2007
I've read this book several times and picked it again because it's the only book on my shelves published in the 80's that I really felt like re-reading. While the book gives a small glimpse into the Mormon culture, it is truly deals more with our judicial system and making the hard decisions. John J Lindsey III is an attorney and Mormon bishop who lives in a small town in the middle of Utah. He is very happy with his life; enjoys his job, loves his wife and seven children, and finds his calling as a bishop to be challenging and fulfilling. Then two well-loved people are found brutally murdered, and Lindsey is appointed attorney for one of the suspects. In a small town, an attorney is almost as well-respected as a bishop, but Lindsey soon finds that his friends and fellow church members are struggling with his association with a killer. There is a lot of dialog in the novel about doing the right thing, and deciding what is the right thing. Lindsey is a great character, a decent man trying to live a good life who is thrown into a very difficult situation. He is intelligent, humourous, honest with himself and imperfect. All in all, this is one of the best LDS fictions I've read.
Posted by Framed at 5:23 PM
And you read this twice. I'm impressed. I wish I was a better person so I could stand to read about choosing to do the right thing. Is it preachy or just though-provoking? it does sound good, in a way.
6/28/2007 6:07 PM
It's not preachy at all. It's just a good story about a man who has to make some really difficult decisions.
6/29/2007 12:16 AM
The author has got to be related to Sheri Dew, right?
7/02/2007 9:46 AM
You know, that never occurred to me until I was writing this review, and I've had this book for ages. The cover only says that he has a BA in English and a Juris Doctor from the University of Utah. Would Sherry Dew's brother go somewhere other than the Y? But it was published by Deseret Book so .....?
7/02/2007 10:26 PM