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Review: The Tenth Justice

May 9, 2009


Ben Addison has just graduated from Yale Law School and has landed the enviable position as a clerk for U. S. Supreme Court Justice Hollis.  He becomes good friends with his co-clerk, Lisa.  Ben shares an apartment with his three best friends from high school – Nathan, Eric and Ober.

Shortly after taking the job, Ben is tricked into revealing a Supreme Court decision before it’s announced.  The person who tricked Ben makes a fortune in the stock market since he had prior knowledge on the ruling.  Worried about his job, Ben vows to fight back and enlists the aid of Lisa and his roommates.  The bad guy always seems to be one step ahead, though, so Ben isn’t sure who to trust.

Ben finally decides that he has no choice except to turn himself in and cooperate with the U. S. Marshals office, but it seems like he can’t trust them either.  The book comes to an exciting climax when all the parties involved come together.

I listened to the audio version of The Tenth Justice by Brad Meltzer.  It was read by Scott Brick and his narration had a noir feeling to it.   I found it a little distracting at first but, after a little while, I didn’t notice it anymore.  I enjoyed the book and found myself prolonging chores or walks so that I could listen to more of it.  The audio version is approximately 14 hours long.

The Tenth Justice was Brad Meltzer‘s first book.  He wrote it while he was a student at Columbia Law School.  He has gone on to write numerous books, comic books and even a TV show.  His newest book, The Book of Lies, comes out in paperback on May 26.

Review copy provided by Hachette Books.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. May 9, 2009 7:34 am

    I read this book years ago! I don’t remember much about it, but I do recall liking it.

  2. May 9, 2009 8:20 am

    I guess any book that helps one perform chores or walks is worth reading – I need all the help I can get in those areas!

  3. May 9, 2009 8:47 am

    I don’t think I have read this one but I really do like Meltzer. Great review. Have a good weekend.

  4. May 9, 2009 9:31 am

    I have seen this author’s other books predominantly displayed in the bookstore, but I have not read them. This book sounds right up my ally (I love a good law mystery) – so it will definitely be put on the TBR pile (probably the paper version rather than the audio version).

    Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  5. May 9, 2009 10:30 am

    Great review. My brother has the paper book. I will nick it from him!

  6. May 9, 2009 12:20 pm

    I haven’t read or listened to this one, but I’ll look for it. Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators.

  7. May 9, 2009 3:09 pm

    Sounds good. It seems like one I might enjoy on audio.

  8. May 9, 2009 4:05 pm

    Sounds good. I will have to look for this one.

  9. May 10, 2009 1:42 am

    I haven’t read anything by this author, but I see the ads for his books on the subway and a lot of people read them on the train. Maybe I’ll give them a try.


  10. May 10, 2009 10:10 am

    This is one I want to read. Sounds a bit like a good John Grisham story.

  11. stacybuckeye permalink
    May 10, 2009 6:42 pm

    I have this one and look forward to reading it . Thanks for whetting my appetite!

  12. May 10, 2009 10:08 pm

    I loved the trailer for BOOK OF LIES. I didn’t realize he had written a book before this; I’ll keep my eye out for TENTH JUSTICE as well.

  13. May 11, 2009 12:43 pm

    Nice Audio Review. “prolonging chores!” Love it… I find myself pulling into the garage and sitting in my car a few extra seconds when I am listening to a good audio. 🙂

  14. May 12, 2009 12:45 am

    🙂 Isn’t it funny that we can get used to voices and not notice the things that bugged us in the beginning of an audiobook? I find the same thing true of subtitles on foreign films.

    ~ Wendi

  15. May 12, 2009 2:37 pm

    I’m a huge fan of Brad Meltzer after seeing him speak at the National Book Festival last year. Thanks for the review.

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