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  • Posted March 26, 2009

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    A Gripping Courtroom Drama

    The Tenth Case by Joseph Teller is a gripping courtroom drama for readers who love mysteries and legal thrillers. Teller's debut novel centers around attorney Harrison J. Walker, known as "Jaywalker". Although a bit of a cliché, the Jaywalker nickname is appropriate, as Jaywalker is known for playing fast and loose with the rules as well as the ladies. His propensity for recklessness gets him into trouble, earning him a three year suspension. He earns something of a reprieve, when he is permitted to complete ten of his pending cases before beginning his suspension.

    Jaywalker's tenth case is the murder trial of Samara Moss, a beautiful, apparently gold-digging young woman who is accused of murdering her wealthy husband. Accustomed to winning, Walker finds it increasingly difficult to defend his client, or to even believe in her innocence. He must not only find a way to defend her, but to resist the sexual tension between the two of them.

    Despite the stereotypical reckless hero with the irreverent nickname, Jaywalker is an engaging character. He has his talents and his flaws, and also some personal demons that add depth to his character. Overall, he is a well-crafted c haracter whose personality keeps the plot moving through the potentially slow portions of the book. Teller's background as an attorney is evident, as much of the book takes place in the courtroom, and he walks the reader through numerous details of the trial, and through Jaywalker's thoughts as he builds and tries his case. A couple of nice twists keep the story interesting.

    The downsides of this book would be the occasional slowdowns when Teller almost lectures the reader on courtroom procedure. The character of Jaywalker, and the story itself are interesting enough to give the reader reason to keep reading, but this component could have been handled with a lighter touch. Teller's writing style is easy to read, though not as accomplished as that of a more experienced novelist.

    While this is not the type of thriller I typically review, the highly accessible writing style, engaging main character, and healthy dose of suspense make for an entertaining read, and it is a solid entry into the courtroom thriller genre. Fans of John Grisham will love The Tenth Case.

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  • Posted March 21, 2009

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    Solid throughout but the ending was a letdown

    Joseph Teller spins a very realistic view inside the courtroom with legal murder mystery that keeps the reader rapt through most of the book but the ending left me shaking my head. It was like there was a different author that finished the book. Otherwise I would have given this book the full five stars.

    Jaywalker (J. Walker) is a very determined defense lawyer who wins the majority of his cases. Through an act of misbehavior, he is to be suspended from law for three years. However, he is allowed to finish 10 of his existing cases before he serves his suspension.

    His final case before his suspension is to defend a woman (Samara) who is accused of murdering her billionaire husband. All the evidence is stacked against Samara including the lack of an alternate possible killer. To top things off Samara is considered by the public to be a golddigger, who married a man who was old enough to be her father.

    The author uses his own vast experience as a trial lawyer to bring realistic dialogue woven in a compelling manner. After the end of the book there is a preview of the next Jaywalker book. As he is a very intriguing character, I will look for that book.

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