Summary Of Bad Faith

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Book Review The book I read was Bad Faith by Robert K. Tanenbaum. The copyright date is June 5, 2012 and the book has 392 pages. The story is about a ten-year-old boy, Micah, who dies from cancer. The death was easily preventable, but the parents, Nonie and David Ellis, choose to not bring their son to the hospital and used faith healing by the advice of Reverend C. G. Westlund. Westlund turns out to be a con artist and is plotting to earn money through the son’s insurance policies. However, the parents are charged with involuntary manslaughter and if they are found guilty, the insurance will not be paid to Westlund. To prepare for the upcoming trial, District Attorney Butch Karp and his wife Marlene Ciampi, a private investigator, dig into Westlund’s past to find out who he is and his true plans. Meanwhile, a Russian assassin and a leader of an underground army work the system to achieve their own goals. The plot is exciting, but not necessarily believable as there seem to be many outlandish things going on at once. For example, the presence of an entire army of homeless people in New York City seems unrealistic. The title Bad Faith is about how Westlund is using religion as a means of personal gain. He is abusing people’s faith in God and using it for his own benefit which also…show more content…
This passage is exciting because it acts as the nail in the coffin for Westlund, whose name turns out to be LaFontaine. This event even surprises LaFontaine and the defense who are left in shock, “He shook his head and glanced over at Rottingham, who stood with his mouth agape, and then up at LaFontaine. For the first time since he’d met the man, he saw fear in his eyes” (356). This acts as the climax of the book and lets the reader know that the defense has lost, the case is closed, and justice is

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