The Tenth Justice

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600244797
  • Publisher: Hachette Audiobooks
  • Publication date: 9/9/2008
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

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.

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Interviews & Essays

On Wednesday, July 9, barnesandnoble.com welcomed Brad Meltzer, author of THE TENTH JUSTICE.


Moderator: July 9, 1997, BarnesandNoble@aol welcomed Brad Meltzer, whose first novel, THE TENTH JUSTICE, was just published. Our interviewer was Jesse Kornbluth BookpgJK, editor of The Book Report. Our online host was BookpgXena.



BookpgJK: Great to have you here, Brad. May I call you Brad?

Brad Meltzer: Of course. Though I will also respond to "Shirley."


BookpgJK: How annoying is this scenario? A law school student gets an idea. Despite a heavy work load and the presumption of a real life, he writes a book. It turns out to be good and the next thing you know, a hotshot publisher has multi copies out and it's on the NY Times bestseller list. Brad -- be honest -- wouldn't you dislike a guy like that?

Brad Meltzer: It's so sickening it makes me want to vomit.


BookpgJK: Seriously... Are you terrified to have to write a second book? Shouldn't you quit while you're ahead?

Brad Meltzer: It's the easiest thing to quit, but I'd be a fool if I ever did.


BookpgJK: Had you ever written any fiction before?

Brad Meltzer: The first novel I ever wrote, I wrote when I got out of college. All I got for it was 24 rejection letters.


BookpgJK: What was it about?

Brad Meltzer: What I knew at the time... a tale of friendship set on a college campus.


BookpgJK: Friendship seems to be a large issue for you.

Brad Meltzer: It's something everyone can relate to. We all have friends who are old friends, we have new friends we don't trust yet, and competitive friendships we don't like to admit are competitive. That will always be fascinating.


BookpgJK: I was very impressed in TENTH JUSTICE at how much these young careerists think friendship is important. We are led to believe that young careerists think only careers are important.

Brad Meltzer: Anyone who thinks friendship is not important is writing a two-dimensional character. On this planet, there is no one who doesn't think at least one friend is important.


Question: Are there any writers you look to for inspiration? Grisham? Diehl?

Brad Meltzer: When I write, I NEVER read within the genre I write in. So during this book, I read a lot of science fictionAllen Moore's WATCHMAN and Gaiman's SANDMAN. Not reading other writers' stuff is the best way to keep my voice honest and true.


Question: How long did it take you to write TENTH JUSTICE?

Brad Meltzer: About a year, 18 months. It was hard to tell because in that year I was in law school, got married, and took the bar exam.


BookpgJK: How many hours a night did you sleep?

Brad Meltzer: Few. I tried to write from 8-11 every night, but never on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, about 5 hours each.


BookpgJK: When did you know this one was "working?"

Brad Meltzer: There is a point in every novel when you stop telling the characters what you want them to do and they start telling you what THEY want to do. That is when you know it is working.


BookpgJK: What kind of research did you do?

Brad Meltzer: No one on the Supreme Court would talk to me. So I tracked down as many former clerks as I could. One of them told me, "This plot could happen." With that, I knew I was headed in the right direction.


BookpgJK: If your brand-new wife had not liked the book, would you have dumped her?

Brad Meltzer: Not a chance -- unless she REALLY didn't like the book.


BookpgJK: When did she read it?

Brad Meltzer: She is the ONLY person who reads it as I write it. And it doesn't go out the door unless it gets past her BS meter.


BookpgJK: Which character do YOU identify with?

Brad Meltzer: I'd say "Lisa" -- but I'd probably be lying. In many respects, the easy answer is true... I identified with every one of them. Tell MHanlon I do have a very strong feminine side! I know all about pantyhose!


BookpgJK: Watch out lurkers! Brad Meltzer is EVERYWHERE! Back to the book... you DON'T see yourself doing what your main character did? Making an innocent mistake that almost ends his young career?

Brad Meltzer: Everyone has been in a position where they wished they could take back what they just said. I probably did that about five minutes ago. So, of course, you could blow it at a second's notice.


Question: Do you think all the advance publicity will hurt or enhance your future as a novelist?

Brad Meltzer: Hurt, hurt, hurt, hurt, hurt -- let the backlash begin.


BookpgJK: Ok, so what have you bought with the money?

Brad Meltzer: With my first check, I paid off my college and law school loans. All we bought besides was a new couch and a new computer.


BookpgJK: Is there a film deal?

Brad Meltzer: Yes. But if you want to know what TENTH JUSTICE is about, read the book.


Question: Did you always want to be a writer? Did you always have the inkling?

Brad Meltzer: Never saw it -- even though it was in front of my face. In college, I did all my essays, regardless of the course, in dialogue form. When I graduated college, I had so many student loans to pay off that I took a job at GAMES Magazine. My boss's offer was Stay here for a year... if you like it, continue... if you hate it, leave. The week I got to work, my boss got a call from an old friend named Bill Clinton. And Clinton said, "How about running my campaign for President?" My boss left. I was alone in Boston. I knew almost no one. I figured "I have a lot of free time. Everyone has one novel. I'll take my shot." I took my first paycheck and instead of paying loans, I bought a Mac. I pumped out an 800-page monster over a year. I threw out the first 300 pages and got an agent. We sent it out to publishers and got those 24 rejection letters. That novel is still sitting on my shelves... "Published by Kinko's."


BookpgJK: Will it get published now?

Brad Meltzer: I don't see the need to clean my closet yet. I think you should put your best work out.


Question: What do you in your free time -- when you are not writing?

Brad Meltzer: I'm a movie freak. And I spend a lot of time with friends.


BookpgJK: And these friends -- do they suddenly like you more? Do they hope to be in your next book? Or do they see themselves in TENTH JUSTICE?

Brad Meltzer: My friends are smart. They certainly don't like me more.


BookpgJK: When I interviewed John Grisham, he said, "The best thing about the law was getting out of it." So did Richard North Patterson. What is it about the law that makes lawyers not like it, and will you ever be the lawyer you were trained to be?

Brad Meltzer: The worst part is all the noogies and purple nurples. As for practicing law... I'll do everything in my power not to.


BookpgJK: Did you know this while in law school?

Brad Meltzer: I went to law school because I thought it would be intellectually interesting. But I much favor my creative side -- which I get from writing.


BookpgJK: Really annoy us and tell us you're halfway through your next novel.

Brad Meltzer: I will now annoy you. I've been working on it for awhile.


BookpgJK: Are friends in it? Is the law?BMeltzer

Brad Meltzer: It's a legal thriller, but I'm bound by contract not to talk about the plot. You know how those lawyers can be!


Question: What has been the most rewarding result of being a published and critically acclaimed writer?

Brad Meltzer: Watching my wife open the book and read the dedication.


Question: Do you watch Court TV?

Brad Meltzer: Never.


BookpgJK: Why not?

Brad Meltzer: Too many lawyers.


Question: Where do you get your ideas?

Brad Meltzer: Good ideas are usually right in front of your face. You just have to know where your face is.


BookpgJK: It often happens that a young writer turns out a popular book and is besieged by offers that seem terrific write for VANITY FAIR, do a script. Has this happened to you?

Brad Meltzer: Nope.


Question: What do you think of the online chat format? Are you much of a surfer in your free time?

Brad Meltzer: E-mail fiend. But I surf rarely.


BookpgJK: Do you use the Web for research?

Brad Meltzer: Yes. That's what I use it for most.


BookpgJK: So if we could hack your account, we might figure out the plot of the new novel.

Brad Meltzer: That's cute. And yes, SMDMDW, I agree... my picture is way too serious. And they airbrushed my birthmarks!


BookpgJK: Should Matt Perry be in this movie when he gets out of rehab?

Brad Meltzer: Ask the director. I'll play that one safe!


Question: Do you write for the sake of plot and intensity, for the sake of entertainment? Or do you write with the intention of educating, or addressing justice, morality in the O. J. age?

Brad Meltzer: I enjoy it the most when I'm writing characters. If the characters are real, everything else takes care of itself.


BookpgJK: I thought we'd get through this without any mention of O. J., but as long as we didn't... let's find out. How many O. J. books have you read?

Brad Meltzer: Zero.


BookpgJK: If you won a date with Marcia Clark, would you go?

Brad Meltzer: Depends on who pays for the date.


BookpgJK: Her advance was bigger. Can you handle that?

Brad Meltzer: As I said, I have a strong feminine side.


BookpgJK: On the strength of this experience, do you see yourself haunting chat rooms in search of characters?

Brad Meltzer: Who says I haven't?


BookpgJK: On that ambiguous note, let me say how much fun it's been to have you here.

Brad Meltzer: Thanks. And thanks to everyone who has supported this book.


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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    SO GREAT!!

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2003

    Escapism at its best

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    A Legal Thriller for Young Adult

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2009

    The Tenth Justice

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2002

    One Mistake can blow it... that is not to read this book

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2010

    good read

    worth reading

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2009

    Excellent!

    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--

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2008

    I am in love with Ben Addison.

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2008

    couldn't put it down

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2006

    the pages turn themselves

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2006

    Overall....very good.

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2002

    Excellent

    This book got me reading again

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2001

    The BEST book!!

    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!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2012

    ...with liberty and corruption for all -- actually 3.5stars I h

    ...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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2011

    Absolutly Amazing

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2006

    Better then Grisham

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2004

    Great Book!!!!!!!

    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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  • Posted October 23, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    This was the third book that I've read by Mr. Meltzer in the las

    This was the third book that I've read by Mr. Meltzer in the last few weeks. I have to say that if you're looking for a good mystery with plot twists turns and the unexpected around every choice made this is the book for you to read. It's not often that a book brings me to tears so when that does happens I give that author Five stars.

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  • Posted July 31, 2013

    Perfect summer read

    Although I kept thinking I had read this before it was a good summer book. The characters were likeable and I wanted positive things to happen to them. The plot kept you guessing til the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    quick-moving first novel

    A good quick-moving first novel by a young Meltzer

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