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The Tenth Justice

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  10,089 Ratings  ·  360 Reviews
A conscientious supreme court clerk. The professionals who share his house. A minor slip-up.

Ben Addison, fresh from Yale Law, is a new clerk for one of the Supreme Court's most respected justices. But when he accidentally reveals the secret outcome of an upcoming decision, a blackmailer makes millions and Ben starts to sweat. Big time. He turns to his co-clerk, Lisa, and h
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Published September 2nd 2008 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 1997)
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Oct 11, 2015 Ami marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ami by: Didi
DNF'ed at 29%

At one point, Ben and Lisa's arguments went like this ...

"...Second of all, even if I do go to a firm, I’ll be going for ten thousand dollars more than you will.”
“You will not,” Lisa said.
“I will too.”
“Will not.”

And I realized that I couldn't take it anymore. I know that this is Meltzer's first book and I commended him for being able to write this when he was still in law school. But I found the writing to be rookie-ish and lacked edge which I usually look forward to when I pick up
Apr 05, 2011 Sue rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I had to keep reminding myself that this was an earlier book of Meltzer's because I could not think of a dumber main character. Ben Addison, newly graduated from Yale Law School, is chosen to be a law clerk for the Supreme Court. On his first day, during orientation, the clerks are told to keep their mouths closed about cases being decided. Shortly thereafer, Ben blabs a decision ahead of time to someone he only talked to on the phone and is meeting for the first time. Surprise, Surprise! This p ...more
Mar 19, 2012 Mirjam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was my second Brad Meltzer read and it did nothing to improve my opinion of him as an author.
The main character is unbelievably unreal, he is supposed to be this highflyer , just out of college young legal egal but has the maturity of an adolescent, his constant responce to just about everything is.... i don`t want to hear it/ i don`t want to talk about it....
The conversation between the 4 friends is haltingly, hackingly written without a natural flow.
Mr. Meltzer has been likened to John Gr
Jan 14, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not at all sure how I missed this when it first came out but what a treat to find it now. This is a fabulous story. Ben Addison and Lisa Nathan are two of the very few chosen to clerk for the Supreme Court. They are the crème de la crème. But, one small mistake takes them into a book full of trust and mistrust. This story has characters who are so real, I swear I would recognize them on the street. And this mystery plot is so good that the pages turn themselves and there isn't even one singl ...more
Mar 30, 2011 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the plot of this book because I worked as a law clerk after finishing law school. The themes hit close to home. It was a good, fast read, though somewhat predictable. My main complaint is that the style is just super cheesy---very Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew---simple language; lame dialogue. I've started The Millionaires and it seems even worse haha.
Oct 28, 2009 Ang rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm. Okay, so I bought this book at the airport. Maybe it's better if you read it during vacation rather than starting it on your way home. The characters seemed really undeveloped. So much effort went into making the characters seem clever and funny that they really just seemed to be snarky little brats. As for the plot, I found it to be very predictable. I give Meltzer credit. I certainly couldn't have written a book while attending law school. Maybe that was his problem--he was surrounded by ...more
Una Tiers
The books begins with an inviting premise, an innocent, if particularly stupid mistake. Then it unravels into shallow characters, obnoxious eye rolling dialogue and took me to a point where I didn't care about the outcome.
May 05, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First impression? I couldn't put it down. The main character, Ben Addison, didn't come across as the brightest star in the sky, but I couldn't help but want more of his story at the Supreme Court and the inevitable lessons he could eventually learn. The dialogue was a bit choppy and distracting for me in the first few chapters but things got better and I really couldn't wait to get back to it every day that I was reading it. I love the narrator's style, especially in the second half of the book. ...more
Meltzer, Brad - 1st book

A Washington-based thriller about four ambitious twenty-something housemates, fresh out of college and eager to make their mark in their careers. When one of them, Ben Addison, is tricked into leaking a Supreme Court decision on a corporate merger in advance, he lands them all in big trouble.

I found the protagonist just TSTL (too stupid to live) and could not even finish the book.
May 24, 2016 Ed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal, thriller, political
Legal thriller - 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, ...more
Don Nunn
Apr 28, 2011 Don Nunn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
Inelegant writing, unrealistic dialog, and shallow and unlikeable characters. I gave up about a third of the way in.
Apr 21, 2015 Alison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the opening premise was exciting - a new law clerk for the US Supreme Court violates the Code of Ethics within the first months of his employment. The violation results in his providing someone who used to clerk (or did he) with valuable information about a Supreme Court decision that would be announced in a few days; the manipulator makes money off of this knowledge and now has the clerk in his net. The twists and turns the story took from there, were far too many to be believable. So ...more
Nov 27, 2008 Honor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: legal thriller fans
Always start with the positive... So, yes. I read it, lasted all the way through, and don't think of it as time lamentably and irretrievably lost.

That having been said... Is it too much to ask for books in which the Perilous Plot is advanced by means other than abject stupidity on the part of the primary characters? Particularly characters who are supposed to be so very, very smart in the first place?

It's not fair or intended that this be taken -primarily- as a slight on this particular book, i
Mark Louderback
I actually read some of the Graphic Novels that Mr Meltzer before reading this book. It is because of his reading his comic books that I wanted to read his novels. In many ways I was not disappointed at all — his dialogue is terrific. I can see how he easily makes the transition to graphic novels. He has an ear for dialogue.

In addition, the plot is fairly tight. It snakes up on you and the various acts in the book (it most clearly is divided into a three part novel) are terrific.

So, why only thr
After reading a few thick serious novels in a row, I wanted something light and trashy for my spring break reading. And I guess I got what I asked for, but as someone who has often enjoyed cheesy thrillers and even enjoyed other books by Meltzer in the past, I still found this one a bit too predictable and a bit too cheesily written. I know it was his first novel, and it definitely kept me engaged so maybe I shouldnt complain TOO much, but I would have preferred more realistic characters and dia ...more
Bethany Gosewehr
Decent read but went on WAY too long.
Dec 07, 2015 Jason rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I never thought this book would end. I kept hoping it would turn around. It didn't. I should have put it down at 100 pages. The dialogue was terrible and repetitive. The premise was interesting but there was never any build in the plot. Knowing that it was a first novel I'm hoping his later works get better. I'm not sure I'll risk an attempt to find out. It could have been a decent (if not simply far shorter) book with a skilled editor. I blame him/her as much as, if not more than, the author.
Aug 03, 2016 Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was about Ben who became a law clerk for one of the Supreme Court Justices. There are two law clerks for each of the nine Justices and he worked well with his law clerk partner named Lisa. He shared an apartment with three of his friends who were also in various degrees of the law except one who was with a newspaper. Ben met a prior law clerk he liked who asked him what the Supreme Court decision would be on a certain case. Naturally, Ben said he couldn't discuss the decisions with any ...more
Apr 14, 2010 Chuck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

This was Meltzer's first novel. I like this one so well I have read many others.
Jul 15, 2015 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
review next week
Feb 23, 2011 Annalise marked it as didn-t-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook, library-pioneer
I thought I was in the mood for a thriller, but this one didn't pull me in. The premise sounded interesting enough, and I liked what I learned about the inner workings of the Supreme Court in the bit that I read. However, I couldn't get past the supposedly witty, often sexual, banter of the characters. When I found myself rolling my eyes on every page I decided to just put the book down!
Chris Holland
Sep 20, 2011 Chris Holland rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a tough read for me. I knew that there would be twists. In a well developed novel, I believe the story where it is and then get to the twist. Here, I felt I needed to suspend all belief in what I was reading and wait to see what was really happening. Additionally, I never really felt like I got to know the characters well enough, adding to the suspension of belief.
Aug 22, 2016 Bert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story that would have been told better in 325 pages.

Three stars is being generous. If I could split the difference it would get 2.25...

We have a group of four friends, three of which who are written as being of above average intelligence, who act like a group of dysfunctional, spoiled, nagging teenagers.

Maybe (probably) this is how millennials act, but I would expect a bit more maturity from people supposedly in these employment positions.

Flawed from the beginning, the story line goes from ba
Kristina Seleshanko
Several times, I almost set this book aside and didn't finish it. I'm glad I kept reading, though.

The first half of the book was just plain awful. The writing was bad - full of unnecessary and boring conversations about everyday things - and predictable. It was hard to like the main characters; here they were supposed to be smart, Ivy League men and they were acting like stupid high schoolers. (Worse, the author was in law school at the time he wrote this novel, so I can only imagine the main ch
Aug 14, 2007 CLM rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
This is a riveting story about recent law school graduates clerking for the Supreme Court. It was the first novel for Brad Meltzer and helped launch Rob Weisbach's imprint at Morrow. Brad turned out to be an extremely nice guy, well deserving of his success.
Πάνος Τουρλής
Ο Μπεν Άντισον, απόφοιτος της Νομικής Σχολής του Γέιλ, δουλεύει στο γραφείο ενός από τους πιο αξιοσέβαστους δικαστές του ανώτατου δικαστηρίου. Όταν όμως από δικό του λάθος, μια κρίσιμη απόφαση του δικαστηρίου διαρρέει πρόωρα, κάποιοι κερδίζουν εκατομμύρια, ένας εκβιαστής τρίβει τα χέρια του κι ο Μπεν αρχίζει να ιδρώνει...Πού τελειώνει η αφοσίωση; Πού αρχίζει η απληστία; Και μέχρι ποιο σημείο μπορεί κανείς να βασίζεται στους φίλους; Δικαστικό θρίλερ, χωρίς αίματα και φόνους. Ποιος είναι ο πληροφο ...more
Aug 19, 2012 Zach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

If you enjoy legal thrillers, you won't be able to put this book down. The character and plot development are fused into the very first pages, and you never get to relax until you reach the last page.
Lisa Temple
Jan 02, 2014 Lisa Temple rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 16+ Thriller Fans
This was my first Brad Meltzer book. This will not be my last Brad Meltzer book, and I'll tell you why. I like his style: uncomplicated, clean and direct, while giving the reader enough information to form the proper mental images and emotions. Touches of humor balanced by some sadness make "TheTenth Justice" a well-rounded book.

Ben had worked hard his whole life to to get where he was going in the first chapter of "The Tenth Justice." Perfect grades and an ivy league education were the foundati
So I picked this book because I like Meltzer and the picture on the Overdrive page at my library indicated that it was a new book. This is the story of 4 20 somethings who were best friends all through High School in Boston and are now roommates in DC. Well, when Ben has to get up and go into the kitchen to answer the phone and Nathan is sitting at the diningroom table reading the newspaper...I became suspicious. The Tenth Justice is Meltzer's first published novel and was published in 1997. It ...more
Carl Kleinebecker
SO… The Tenth Justice was Brad Meltzer’s first book and it shows a bit. While it is a bit dated. Had a problems with several aspects of the book… maybe I’m jaded… but there were quite a few plot holes that do not stand the test of time… today’s technology would have made a HUGE difference in this book. Would have made short work of some of the issues the protagonist needed help with. The main character Ben Addison… is a Yale Law School graduate and a law clerk for the Supreme Court, but my STARS ...more
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