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The Record Keeper

By Charles Martin

A Richly Told and Riveting Story



Murphy Shepherd finds women and children who are victims of human trafficking. His mission in life is to help these victims find their freedom, but he goes the extra mile by assisting them to recover from the ordeal in a safely guarded location called Freetown. When his best friend and mentor Bones is kidnapped, Murphy will stop at nothing to find him. Murphy and his canine partner Gunner shift into high gear, racing across the country and the ocean to find Bones. Murphy quickly discovers that Bones' kidnapper is Bones’ jealous brother, who has eyes and ears everywhere. Murphy must up his technology game and hire computer experts if he wants to win the battle for Bones life.


The Record Keeper Is a richly told and riveting story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s both a heart-wrenching and action-packed tale with an admirable protagonist.

Murphy Shepherd, also known as David Bishop, will stop at nothing to save trafficking victims. He is bold, fearless, and determined. Gunner, the quintessential German Shepherd, takes the prize for the best partner/dog ever! The cast of characters is superb. I hesitate even to call them characters because, after three books they all feel like family. You can’t help but feel the intensity and heartache and even wonder how much of this story is true to life.

I love Charles Martin’s books and have read every one of them. This one, while stellar, gave me a little pause. There were a few portions of the story, such as Bones’ horrendous youth, that left me unsettled and uncertain. In this latest novel, Martin seems to push the envelope on the level of intensity of the drama that may have some readers needing an emotional rest.

The Record Keeper is a tale of two brothers, one good and one evil. One of these brothers is a major player in the sex trafficking of children, while the other tries to set these children free from this bondage. It is a well-told story of the shepherd who leaves his flock to go and find the one lost sheep. This book concludes the three-part series featuring the indomitable Murphy Shepherd. Other books in the series include The Water Keeper (2020) and The Letter Keeper (2021). You will want to read all three. Charles Martin’s stories are always eye-opening and fabulous.

Thanks to Netgalley and Thomas Nelson for an advance reading copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Publisher Thomas Nelson

Published July 5, 2022

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