This is both a suspenseful mystery and a deeply felt examination of truth and faith. The latter is not unexpected, since Arvin (The Wind in the Wheat) is a producer of Christian music. But the legal aspects will surprise readers, because in this regard the book is on a par with anything John Grisham has written in recent years. Henry Mathews Jr. has come to a second crossroads in his life. The first occurred when, while attending seminary school, his faith was shaken, and he chose to become a lawyer instead. Henry is working his way up the corporate ladder at one of the largest, most powerful law firms in Chicago when he is called back to Council Bluff, KS, to deal with a will his father drafted. He finds himself defending an extremely vulnerable client against some of the most powerful men in Kansas. What dismays him is how much he wants to help Raymond Boyd and how much he's willing to give up to do so. Readers who want a little heart in their legal thrillers will enjoy this one. Recommended for all public libraries.ÄJane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
"Arkansas Democrat-Gazette"In Reed Arvin's second novel, we are taken on a fast-paced, high-stakes ride...."The Will" is a thriller that moves swiftly and keeps the reader turning pages so quickly that we may not notice we are actually doing some pretty good thinking about what values we place first in our own lives and whether the present we believe is firm and solid is actually safe against the unfinished business of our lives and the past of our fathers.