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The Deposit Slip

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  579 Ratings  ·  107 Reviews
This Gripping Legal Thriller Is a Perfect Summer Read
When Jared Neaton grew tired of the shady ethics of his big law firm and left to go out on his own, he never expected the wheels to fly off so quickly. One big case collapsing on him has pushed him to the brink and it's all he can do to scrape by. He can't risk another bad loss.
Erin Larson is running out of options. In
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Bethany House Publishers
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Oct 03, 2012 Jackie rated it really liked it
I have a friend who is an aspiring writer. He bemoans the fact that unless a book is filled with foul language or graphic sex or some other objectionable material, then it is impossible to get published. Here is proof that he is wrong.

This was a good read and I'm a bit surprised that it is a first novel. I didn't think it read like one. And how refreshing to find it so absorbing without the seemingly requisite foul language, graphic sex or other objectionable material.

I started it last night,
Morally-sound-legal-thriller. Sounds like an oxymoron, right? But it's an apt description for Todd Johnson’s - “The Deposit Slip.” Clean writing, enthralling legal case, complex plot, realistic dialogue, solicitous protagonist, and incremental suspense - all without being overly graphic or profane.

“I tell you that litigation is just war by other means. A war for the hearts and minds of the judge and jurors. Of course, in the courtroom no blood is spilled . . . At least none that reaches the flo
Meagan Myhren-bennett
The Deposit Slip
by Todd M. Johnson

Jared Neaton's law firm is about to go under when he is offered potentially career changing case. A case that could take care of all his financial problems. Seven months ago Erin Larson found a deposit slip in her late father's papers - a deposit slip worth more than $10,000,000.00. But the bank refuses to acknowledge the authenticity of the deposit slip or the bank account.

But Jared has a week to decide if he will take the case or it will be dismissed. Taking t
David Szpunar
Aug 04, 2015 David Szpunar rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I read this through in one evening, couldn't put it down. Pacing was good, though no seat-gripping action until near the end (that's good--too much suspense too early is too much for me). I'm satisfied with the ending, left me wanting to read a sequel that was lightly hinted at, if it exists.

I especially loved the helpfulness of the librarian (since I'm married to one) and the private detectives added good bit of intrigue to the story...if I had one complaint I'd almost have liked to hear more f
The Deposit Slip is nail-biting legal fiction. When an old man dies, his daughter Erin finds a deposit slip for ten million dollars in his safe deposit box. Erin can’t imagine where the money could have come from, and the bank denies the existence of the account. It goes to such lengths to discourage any lawyer from taking the case and convince Erin to drop it, that there is obviously more to it than a simple bank error. I found it a little hard to understand why Erin would go after the money so ...more
Aug 16, 2014 Missy rated it it was amazing
I hate suspense. I'm the one who reads spoiler alerts before starting a book. I have been known, when things get really tense, to skip to the end of a book to find out what happens so I can read in peace! I didn't do that with this book, but boy howdy, I wanted to! I ended up sacrificing my entire morning yesterday to read the last half of the book so I could just be done with it. I couldn't stand not knowing how everything was going to turn out. Now that I think about it, I don't usually read s ...more
 Northern Light
Jul 18, 2014 Northern Light rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, crime, kindle
After Erin's father dies she comes across a deposit slip for $10,000,000 but the bank has denied all knowledge so she needs a lawyer to fight for her.

Meanwhile fed up of corporate life Jared sets up his own legal practice with a shoe-string budget. Life is tough and he's just getting by so Erin's case could make all the difference.

To take up the case means returning to his home town, a place he left as soon as possible ashamed of his father's behaviour. The town however is against him as the ba
LLona Cunningham
Oct 19, 2013 LLona Cunningham rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
If you love a good legal mystery, courtroom drama, and the kind of background and drama that made Grisham famous, you'll find this one too good to put down. The premise is not new -- the young lawyer striking out on his own, underfunded and understaffed, taking on the established 'big firm' with a case he shouldn't be able to win, has been done by the big names. What makes it work again here is the interesting twists and excellent character development. A great read!
Cynthia Rodrigues Manchekar
Jan 26, 2016 Cynthia Rodrigues Manchekar rated it really liked it
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I would never have believed that this book was Todd Johnson's debut. He writes in an accomplished style you might well associate with someone who has published before. I admired the author’s research on the legal and banking industries and how things work there. Incidentally, Todd is a practicing attorney, and he puts his knowledge and experience to good use here.
The author must also be credited for the characterization. Todd ha
Jun 03, 2015 Wisteriouswoman rated it it was amazing
The Deposit Slip was intriguing. I enjoy a good mystery that doesn't use a formula. The legal knowledge seemed sound and the character's were well developed. The author knew a bit about small town life in Minnesota and the struggles that farmers and their families have. My favorite character was the librarian--liked her better than the main character who had a few lessons to learn. I really felt drawn into the game with its tight timeline that added anxiety to all the characters' agendas.

Una Tiers
Oct 27, 2013 Una Tiers rated it really liked it
An interesting plot with characters who were over thought in parts and shallow in others. There was one plot stretch that simply did not work for me and a few spots where the pace slowed to a crawl. The author has some lovely phrasing.
Carol McClain
Apr 17, 2013 Carol McClain rated it it was amazing
Excellent book--and it surprised me that this is a debut novel. Todd M. Johnson writes a wonderful legal suspense, and if you like John Grisham, you'll like this.
Jun 02, 2015 Patricia rated it it was ok
I did finish reading this book (automatic two-star minimum) but I scan-read a good portion of it (also a two-star factor). I just did not really enjoy it. I am law trained and I just did not enjoy the legal part of it. Maybe I have a mental block about stories involving attorneys. I found myself double checking any legal procedures (just sayin': affidavits are often used in support of summary judgment where I practiced). Besides that, I was not drawn to the personalities of the characters and I ...more
Nikole Hahn
Sep 08, 2012 Nikole Hahn rated it it was amazing
When Jared Neaton left Missions Falls, he left behind the gossip and a father who spent time in prison for embezzlement. When Erin Larson picks up the pieces of her father’s estate after his death, she finds in her father’s safe deposit box a deposit slip dated 2008 for 10 million dollars. The Deposit Slip by Todd M. Johnson is a story of legal intrigue.

Suing the bank in Missions Falls proves dangerous. Erin’s first attorney backs down from the bullying tactics of the big law firm. Money is runn
Gail Welborn
Jan 02, 2013 Gail Welborn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
Tom Johnson, attorney and debut novelist, unveils The Deposit slip, a gripping legal thriller set in the small Minnesota town of Mission Falls. His well-crafted story concerns a beautiful client, an unusual deposit slip, shady ethics, greed, malice and murder, constructed with the expertise of a seasoned novelist. From the authentic dialogue to the gripping diabolical plot and unraveling chain of events, readers are kept guessing until the last page is turned.

The story begins with Erin Lawson se
Nov 24, 2012 Dawn rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
When Jared Neaton is handed a lawsuit involving a deposit slip and a large sum of money, he sees this as a chance to put his struggling law practice in the black for a long time. With the opposition throwing everything they have at him and trying to stop him, Jared is determined to get to the truth. Yet even with the outcome becoming increasingly not in his favor, Jared still struggles to find answers for his client. As he searches for answers, he finds himself back in his hometown and trying to ...more
Feb 21, 2013 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: from-library
Attorney Todd M. Johnson is a first time author who mines the area he knows best--the law--for his debut novel. Like a contract, it's complex and full of things that while dry are worthy of your attention.

Jared's mentor who like Jared left a big time Minnesota law firm convinces Jared to take what should be a break through case but ends up nearly being a back breaking case. Erin Larson discovers her deceased father left behind in a safety deposit box a deposit slip for $10,000,000. The local sma
Aug 08, 2012 Trish rated it liked it
In The Deposit Slip, the debut novel by Todd M. Johnson, Jared Neaton is a lawyer looking for his breakthrough case–that is, the case that will bring in enough money to keep his fledgling law firm from going under before it really gets started. He thought he had found it, until a big loss in the courtroom left him struggling to make ends meet. Just as he is wondering if it was such a good idea to leave the big firm and strike out on his own, his old mentor calls with a mysterious referral that p ...more
This is one novel I did not want to put down until I finished it, once I had started reading. I knew that Legal Thrillers do that for me, and so it was a while after I got it I read it. And I was right. This is a edge of the seat type of novel, drama on almost every page, drawing in the innocent, as well as targetting the guilty. With twists and turns and ups and downs and arounds throughout the story, it is difficult, though not impossible to figure out who wants the lawyer and client quiet. An ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Just when things can't possibly get any worse for her, Erin Larson discovers a deposit slip in her father's safe deposit box dated for February 10, 2008, three years earlier before her dad died. It's drawn on Ashley State Bank for the amount of $10.3 million dollars and Erin has no idea where the money is or how her father obtained it.

As she begins to inquire to the whereabouts of the funds through the bank, she is only told that no such deposit was ever made, and there is no account with that n
Christian Fiction Addiction
Jul 10, 2012 Christian Fiction Addiction rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this debut novel from Todd M. Johnson and can confidently say it’s my favourite debut novel of the year, so far!

Now, to be fair, I love legal thrillers, so that fact alone gives this book a significant advantage. However, not only is this book a legal’s a well-written legal thriller! The writing is taut and the pacing spot-on, and it did not at all feel like I was reading a debut novel. The story captured my interest from the first chapter, and didn't let go as
Nov 12, 2013 Claudia rated it it was amazing
Jared Neaton's law practice is on shaky ground when he is presented with Erin Larson's case against Ashley State Bank. He doesn't really need to take on another case that could very well drain his finances. Nor does he really want to go back to his hometown of Ashley. He hadn't been back there much since he left for college and there were reasons for that. Not only that but he will be trying this case against his former law firm. But Jared does take the case and he does end up in Ashley and he f ...more
Aug 24, 2012 Marissa rated it it was amazing
I was quickly sucked in as the characters had plenty of depth. I quickly was involved in their lives and interested in what would happen. There is Jared, who's story isn't just focused on being a killer attorney, but trying to find a way to live with a past he hasn't come to terms with. That whole side of him makes him so much more interesting than just a money-thirsty-attorney. And Jessie, Jared's assistant, she quickly became one of my favorites in the book - yes she probably falls into the mi ...more
Barb Klein
Nov 01, 2013 Barb Klein rated it really liked it
“The Deposit Slip” by Todd M. Johnson is a mystery novel that keeps you in suspense throughout the entire book. I found it reminiscent of “The Firm” by Grisham. The reason I say that is because this is the story of a young lawyer, Jared Neaton, a former member of a very prestigious law firm, who takes the case of a young woman who is trying to close her father’s estate. Erin is cleaning out his safety deposit box at the local bank and finds a deposit slip in the amount of $10.3 million dollars. ...more
Max de Freitas
Oct 01, 2012 Max de Freitas rated it liked it
This surprisingly good mystery novel piqued my interest and held it by moving quickly through scenes like a good movie with a dramatic and unpredictable end. It was obviously written by a knowledgeable lawyer. There is a suggestion of continuity so it might evolve into a series.

The book is set in Minnesota but one never quite gets a feel for the place. I was surprised to find that the author still lives there. I once did. It is a picturesque place with many lakes, lush forests, verdant farmland,
Mar 26, 2013 Verena added it
The Deposit Slip by Todd M. Johnson is the first novel by a local author who is following the rule of writing about something he knows. As an attorney and trial lawyer for over 30 years, Johnson uses the law firm culture of competition and dubious ethics as the background of his story. His protagonist, Jared Neaton, is a young Minneapolis lawyer who has left a large law firm to work on his own. He goes out on a financial limb in deciding to take a seemingly hopeless case in the small farming tow ...more
Jul 29, 2012 Ibjoy1953 rated it it was amazing

Wow, I just finished reading this book and my head is still spinning! If you like Randy Singer, then Todd Johnson is a must! So many times when reading this book I was so nervous at what was happening. There is no way to keep up with the twists and turns that happen in this story, it is full of them. And when you think its calmed down a bit, hold on to your seat because it takes another turn.

Todd Johnson will sure go on my list of favorite authors, and I will keep an eye
Lisa Johnson
Jul 11, 2012 Lisa Johnson rated it it was amazing
Title: The Deposit Slip
Author: Todd M. Johnson
Pages: 368
Year: 2012
Publisher: Bethany
Note: I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. Follow my other reviews at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... and on twitter @lcjohnson1988
This is a debut novel by Todd Johnson, which kept getting better the more I read. I just couldn’t put it down. The story has many twists and turns that keep the ending veiled until the last page. Unlike other novels, I liked that the chapters wer
Sep 15, 2012 Cecelia rated it liked it

I thought the premise for this novel was very exciting. After Erin Larson’s father dies, she goes through his safe deposit box at the bank. Erin is shocked when she finds a deposit slip for ten million dollars. However, the bank claims to have no record of the deposit, and they claim the bank account does not exist.

Erin is determined to find out what’s happened to this money. She attempts to hire a lawyer to take on her case – she hires several since most
As much as I love romance novels I also enjoy reading a good drama, and that’s what we’ve got here in this debut by Todd M Johnson. The story begins when Erin is clearing out the safe-deposit box that belonged to her recently deceased father. The documents and photographs she finds don’t surprise her, but the last item in the box does. For what account is this deposit slip and what happened to the money in it? More questions follow as she starts make inquiries. Why will no one tell her anything? ...more
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