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The Tenth Justice

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by Brad Meltzer
 

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In The Tenth Justice, 26-year-old Columbia Law grad Brad Meltzer brings his dynamic voice to unexplored legal thriller territory -- the Supreme Court -- in a firecracker debut that will challenge your expectations of the genre.

Fresh out of Yale Law, Ben Addison is a new clerk for one of the Supreme Court's most respected justices. He's as bright and

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In The Tenth Justice, 26-year-old Columbia Law grad Brad Meltzer brings his dynamic voice to unexplored legal thriller territory -- the Supreme Court -- in a firecracker debut that will challenge your expectations of the genre.

Fresh out of Yale Law, Ben Addison is a new clerk for one of the Supreme Court's most respected justices. He's as bright and conscientious as they come -- and just as green. When Ben inadvertently reveals the confidential outcome of an upcoming Court decision, one of the parties in the case makes millions. Needless to say, Ben starts to sweat.

Ben confides in his co-clerk and turns to his D.C. housemates for help. The young Washington professionals offer Ben their coveted insider's access -- at the State Department, a senator's office, and a Washington newspaper -- to help out snake the blackmailer who holds Ben's once-golden future hostage in exchange for more information on upcoming Court decisions. But it's not long before the inseparable friends discover how dangerous their misuse of insider power can be. When a suspicious leak develops from within their circle, they find themselves pitted against each other in a battle of shifting alliances and fierce deceptions that threatens their friendships, their careers -- and ultimately their lives.

With dialogue as true as it is sharp-witted, characters as likable as they are familiar, and a plot so addictive it will keep you listening into the night, The Tenth Justice is the one thriller you and your friends will find yourselves talking about this year, from an undeniably original writer you'll be following for years to come.

Editorial Reviews

bn.com
When Ben Addison, a young law clerk for a powerful Supreme Court justice, is tricked into revealing the confidential outcome of an upcoming court decision, his career -- and life -- may come to an abrupt, premature end.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The high price of ambition is explored in Meltzer's debut novel, a crafty legal thriller set in Washington, D.C. Ben Addison, a Yale Law School grad, is working as a clerk for a highly respected Supreme Court justice and being aggressively courted by a prestigious law firm. But this golden boy is brought down to earth when a wily con artist dupes him into revealing the confidential outcome of an upcoming Court decision involving millions of dollars. Terrified of ruining his career, Addison refuses to go to the authorities and admit his mistake. Instead, he enlists the aid of his co-clerk, Lisa, and of his conveniently well-placed D.C. housemates-Nathan, who works for the State Department; Eric, a reporter for the Washington Herald; and Ober, who clings to a menial job in a senator's office. Addison's friends also circumvent the law to help him, putting themselves at risk as lies, suspicions, accusations and betrayals threaten to tear the group apart. Addison is a difficult character to root for, not only because he is so willing to risk his friends' careers and lives to save his own, but because he seems too immature, petulant and self-absorbed. But Meltzer moves the story along at a crisp pace, spicing the action and legalese with lively banter and intriguing D.C. arcana. Meltzer's shadow-filled world will entertain most readers but it will rivet few; as Lisa says of some early threatening events: "This isn't The Firm." Major ad/promo; Literary Guild "Super Release"; author tour; audio rights to HarperAudio; foreign rights sold in the U.K., Germany, Japan, Israel and Finland; film rights to Fox 2000. (May) FYI: Meltzer, 26, wrote this novel while attending of Columbia Law School.
Library Journal
This debut novel, a legal thriller, is also the first in a trendy new imprint.
School Library Journal
YA--This story of friendship and betrayal is set in Washington, DC, where four young men who have grown up together become housemates, each with his first big job opportunity. One of them, Ben Addison, is a brand-new clerk for a Supreme Court justice. Ben and his co-clerk Lisa are two of the best and the brightest of the legal community, their intelligence only barely exceeding their egos. But early in the Court session, he is tricked into revealing the confidential outcome of an upcoming decision to a man posing as a former clerk, and one of the parties in the case uses the information to make millions. Ben is in danger of losing his job, his reputation, and any chance for a place on the ladder to legal fame and success. Desperate to find the man who tricked him, he enlists the help of Lisa and his housemates. When the elusive villain tries to blackmail Ben into revealing further Court decisions, the search becomes even more intense, and Ben realizes that one of his friends is leaking the group's plans to the blackmailer. The story builds to an action-packed and satisfying conclusion, but lives are shattered in the process and the fabric of friendship is torn apart. YAs will be confronted by issues of loyalty, integrity, and trust, and at the same time will learn much about the decision-making process of the Supreme Court.--Molly Connally, Kings Park Library, Fairfax County, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Loose lips sink careers in this barn-burning first novel about a Supreme Court clerk who runs his mouth to a disastrously ill-chosen confidant.

The Solicitor General is often called the Court's tenth justice, but don't tell that to the Court's 18 clerks, who are convinced the world revolves around them. So it's not surprising that Justice Mason Hollis's clerk Ben Addison, who knows the results of all the Court's decisions long before they're announced, mentions one of them to Rick Fagen, one of Hollis's old clerks. Alas, Rick is an imposter who never clerked for Hollis, but who's just wormed his way into Ben's confidence to get a tip that will allow him to make millions on the insider info. Worse, Rick seems to know everything about Ben's puny efforts to find out who he really is. Does he have an in with Ben's fellow-clerk Lisa Schulman? Or could he be getting the skinny from one of Ben's roommates—senatorial assistant William Oberman, State staffer Nathan Hollister, or Washington Herald reporter Eric Stroman—all of them childhood friends? Ben determines to nail Rick for his perfidy, but Rick simply responds by stepping up the pressure, demanding further tipoffs on sensitive cases and threatening to reveal Ben's involvement to the U.S. Marshals, who are already suspicious on account of a news story Eric filed on possible Court leaks. The more Rick's noose tightens, the more suspicious and shrill Ben grows about his old friends, whose fear of their bosses and parents and whose unfailingly juvenile dialogue ("Drop it" and "He's dead" are Ben's stock responses to every new threat) suggest the Washington branch of St. Elmo's Fire.

Meltzer spins a mean paranoid fantasy that'll have you turning pages in a frenzy to learn whether Ben and his equally strung-out buddies ever grow up.

From the Publisher
"Brad Meltzer is one of my favorite writers to narrate, primarily because when we're recording, it feels like he's there in the studio with me. Not just because his books are usually written in the first person and dynamically voiced, but because Brad was the first author to show me just how much he cares about the audio versions of their work." -Scott Brick"

Brad Meltzer's latest entry to the NYT Bestsellers list sounds as good as it looks, thanks in large part to Scott Brick, who brings a sense of urgency to the characters. Wes Holloway is scarred in body and soul after the failed assassination of his boss, the President of the United States. Brick brings out the humanity of Meltzer's hero, who isn't a superman who laughs in the face of death, but a regular guy. You can hear his confusion when he sees a friend he thought was dead and his fear when he learns that the man who scarred him is back for a second try. And no one does icy villains like Brick. Better allow some extra drive time—you won't want to turn this off." Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award

AudioFile Magazine, on Book of Fate

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446606240
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.12(d)

Meet the Author

BRAD MELTZER

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Fate, as well as the bestsellers The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Zero Game, and The Book of Lies.

He is also one of the co-creators of the TV Show, "Jack & Bobby" – and is the Eisner Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed comic book, Justice League of America.

His first non-fiction book, Heroes for My Son, is a collection of heroes – from Jim Henson to Rosa Parks – that he'd been working on since the day his son was born. This December, he'll be launching "Brad Meltzer's Decoded" on the History Channel. And his newest thriller, The Inner Circle, will be released on January 11, 2011.

Raised in Brooklyn and Miami, Brad is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School. The Tenth Justice was his first published work and became an instant New York Times bestseller. Dead Even followed a year later and also hit the New York Times bestseller list, as have all six of his novels. The First Counsel came next, which is about a White House lawyer dating the President's daughter; then The Millionaires, which is about two brothers who steal money and go on the run. The Zero Game is about two Congressional staffers who are – literally – gambling on Congress. The Book of Fate is about a young Presidential aide, a crazed assassin, and the 200-year-old code created by Thomas Jefferson that times them together. For authenticity, The Book of Fate was researched with the help of two former Presidents, Clinton and Bush. His last book, The Book of Lies, is about the missing murder weapon that Cain used to kill Abel, as well as the unsolved murder of Superman creator Jerry Siegel's father. Brad is one of the only people to interview Jerry Siegel's family about the murder and, with his charitable site, OrdinaryPeopleChangeTheWorld.com, has been the driving force behind the movement to repair the house where Superman was created.

His books have spent over ten months on the bestseller lists, and have been translated into over 25 languages, from Hebrew to Bulgarian. In The Tenth Justice, the opening lines are: "Ben Addison was sweating. Like a pig." In the Hebrew translation, it became: "Ben Addison was sweating. Like a horse." We're not sure if it's a Kosher thing or what!

Brad has played himself as an extra in Woody Allen's "Celebrity," co-wrote the swearing-in oath for AmeriCorps, the national service program, and earned credit from Columbia Law School for writing his first book, which became The Tenth Justice. Before all of that, he got 24 rejection letters for his true first novel, which still sits on his shelf, published by Kinko's.

Brad currently lives in Florida with his wife, who's also an attorney.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Florida
Date of Birth:
1970
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Education:
B.A., University of Michigan; J.D., Columbia University
Website:
http://www.bradmeltzer.com

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Rach03 More than 1 year ago
A friend recommended this book to me, because I work in the legal field, and I just absolutely LOVED IT!! I think this book would even be great for people who aren't in the legal world loop, because Brad Meltzer does a really great job of working into the story the breakdown of what certain legal terms mean without distracting from the plot. I was really impressed with that. I almost couldn't put the book down. This book is definitely worth the buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While this novel isn't 'literature' in the traditional sense,it is escapist fiction at its best. If you're going on a long plane ride, have a leisurely weekend at the beach planned or just want to spend a rainy weekend in, this is the novel. Fast pacing, witty dialogue, suspense, paranoia, and some nifty insights into the workings of the Supreme Court make this a most entertaining read. Enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. I was reading it all over the place. At school, at home, at a soccer game, even while babysitting. This is my first lawyer book and it was wonderful. I couldn't stop reading it. I'm now reading Dead Even and then John Grisham's the Firm. Brad Meltzer has made me want to read all sorts of lawyer books.
Lyddz101 More than 1 year ago
The Tenth Justice is my first legal thriller, and I must confess that it was legally thrilling. Ok, bad joke, but I really did enjoy reading this book! The dialogue was completely realistic and humorous (if a bit mature) and the plot was uber mysterious. I stayed up late reading it! The twists and turns had me suspecting every one of the characters at some point. The characters themselves were so well developed it made reading a special treat. I didn't once think that Ben's, Nathan's, or any other character's reactions were fake, or questioned whether they would act a particular way. Even though it's a legal thriller, there wasn't a lot of confusing references to laws, and the cases were usually explained easily enough to understand. This coming from a girl who regularly confuses the democratic and republican parties, mind. My favorite character is Ober. He is the clown of the four close friends/roommates but he has a sensitive side. His quotes are the funniest, like when he was discussing the Batman Theory, which is basically his opinion that people's lives can be completely changed by one traumatic event. Think Catwoman, Joker, and other comic book characters. The lessons I learned from this book are 1) If you take an oath not to talk about something, don't talk about it! 2) Treat your friends with respect, you never know what favors you might need to call in. The negatives of this book are the language, sex and sex-related humor. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars, and I can think of at least one person to recommend this book to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In typical Meltzer form, The Tenth Justice was a fast weekend read. The dialogue was a little immature between the roommates but the last 200 pages made me cheer for them. It wasn't one of Brad's best books but I still enjoyed it.
J Webb More than 1 year ago
worth reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great! It was hard to put down. I couldn't wait to see what happened next. I definitely recommend this book. --K--
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most people believe that the Supreme Court justices are the only ones with power when it comes to making constitutional decisions ¿ but they are all wrong. Brad Meltzer¿s legal thriller The Tenth Justice provides an interesting prospective through which a reader can view the court: through the eyes of a Supreme Court clerk. Meltzer¿s protagonist, Ben Addison, is an ambitious Yale Law School graduate who decides to clerk at the United States Supreme Court for a year. Ben is under the impression that his job as a U.S. Supreme Court clerk will guarantee him a job at a prestigious law firm of his choice. However, Ben does not realize that he will accidentally involve himself in one of Washington¿s largest political controversies of all time. At the beginning of his job, Ben gets a phone call from an old Supreme Court clerk who says that he wanted to check in on the new clerks to make sure that everything was running smoothly. Ben slowly forms a friendship with the former clerk, Rick, and accidentally reveals the results of an upcoming Supreme Court decision to his new friend. The next day, Ben finds out that Rick was never a former Supreme Court clerk. Rick only used him to prematurely find out the Supreme Court decision so that he could make money off the results of a business monopoly case before the court released the results to the public. In an effort to find Rick, Ben involves his friends and coworkers into the scandal, putting all of their lives in jeopardy. Although The Tenth Justice revolves around the central premise law and politics, Meltzer¿s novel will surely interest those who do not have an affinity for law or politics. Meltzer¿s novel is about far more than the mistake of a Supreme Court clerk, it is about friendship, trust, and naivety ¿ concepts to which everyone can relate. Not only does Meltzer touch upon a broad range of themes, his story is also fast-paced and sprinkled with original, witty sarcasm which makes the read quick and enjoyable. I would recommend this book to anyone, even someone who is not interested in law or politics, because I think it is extremely entertaining and has a powerful, useful message about trust to which everyone can relate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My sister passed this gem of a book to me at the end of last semester. She thought I needed to read something other than a text book over break. I told her I didn't have time, but then I couldn't put it down once curriousity made me read the first page! The pages indeed turn themselves. I read straight through in one day and laughed most of the way. The main character is so real to life and beleiveable that you can't help but emerse yourself in his story. Great read for any pre-law or law student or recent law grad as well as anyone who just enjoys a lighthearted mystery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i became a brad meltzer fan because of his work with DC comics, and I enjoyed those so much I decided to give his novels a try as well. the 10th justice is a great read and like books like the da vinci code the pages litterally seem to turn themelves in this fast paced thriller. the friendships portrayed in the book seem like your own old college/high school friends and with each double cross you'll find yourself questioning your own definition of friendship. a legal thriller without all of the drab courtroom stuff. great read
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the third Meltzer book I've read and I enjoyed it a great deal. The characters did some really stupid things that everyone except them could see was dumb (i.e., the thing with the photographs) but other than that, I enjoyed the storyline, the characters, and the inside look at the Supreme Court, (assuming it was accurate.) I could identify with the interaction among the 4 roommates/friends and really liked the dialogue in those scenes. I will definitely look for more from Mr. Meltzer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book got me reading again
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book and I recommend it highly. If you like Grisham and Baldacci you will loveeeeee this book. So many twists it left me dizzy. If you want a good, fast paced book this is it!!
ereadwithme More than 1 year ago
...with liberty and corruption for all -- actually 3.5stars I have a few Brad Meltzer books but this is the first one I’ve actually read and I can only say I am moving at least one more up on my TBR pile as I write this review. This multi-layered thriller set in the US Capitol gives us insight to America’s legal decisions. Naïvete, ambition and a lapse in judgment is a dangerous combination as Ben Addison proves with his second judicial clerk assignment. I would have liked the story to be a little tighter in the beginning. While easy to get into I wasn’t captivated by the world building in the very beginning. Also since the entire situation is because of Ben’s actions, I had a hard time being sympathetic to his character. Then when all of his friends got involved, I wouldn’t feel sympathetic to them either – because once again anything bad would be because of what they each did not a situation that that fell into. All of that being said I really did like the premise and the elements of the story. There was a perfect balance of supposition mixed generally regarded fact to involve me as a reader and pull me into the heart of the story. I am also a fan of the writing style and the many twists in the mystery itself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book this summer and thought it was absolutly amazing. Brad Meltzer does an amazing job with keeping you on the edge of your seats. No doubt i wil be reading more of his books and will be adding this to my Nook library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great first novel. This is the only one i have read by this author, and it sat on my bookshelf for at least two years. Why didn't anyone ever tell me how good it was. I went to half price books and bought two more books by him. Cannot wait. Very exciting, not as good as DaVinci Code, but a notch below as far as the pace
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a really good read. The characters are engaging and you really feel for them. The dialoge is fantastic, and there are a bunch of twists. Nothing really thought provoking. Just alot of fun.
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gdelbooks More than 1 year ago
Thank goodness I finally finished this book. I wanted to slap the main character upside the head so many times. Ben Addison is a star graduate of an Ivy League school, smart guy, but when he makes a mistake in judgement instead of owning up to it, he tries to "fix it", compounding the initial mistake. I had no sympathy for him or the juvenile dialog.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only rarely was there a break between scenes. Made it a bit confusing. Ben should have been mad at Nathan at the end not the other way around. Or did the author forget about the theft of one of the decisions by Nathan.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Difficult to finish, there was a lot of dialog. From the description I was expecting a real page turner, that is not what this book turned out to be.