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Dead Even

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  2,252 ratings  ·  173 reviews
Prosecution vs. Defense
Husband vs. Wife
Life or Death

In his New York Times runaway bestseller The Tenth Justice, Brad Meltzer asked the insidious question: How much can you really trust your friends? Now he ups the tension, and the ante, in a new legal thriller that poses the most chilling dilemma of all...

Sara Tate, Manhattan district attorney, has grabbed a case that cou...more
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Published September 2nd 2008 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1998)
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Linda I
This is my second disappointing stab at reading a Meltzer novel. I'm simply underwhelmed with his weak writing ability. The actual story behind "Dead Even" is really quite good, but Meltzer's characters are so utterly annoying that reading about them is the literary equivalent of enduring nails raking down a chalk board. Ugh! In "Dead Even" the female protagonist, Sara, is a complete witch (or think of a rhyming synonym) but we, as readers, are supposed to sympathize with her. Her husband, Jared...more
Wendy Jones
I got this book from the library and it has sat there some time waiting to be read. When I started reading I was sorry I had left it so long. The storyline is well laid out in the book description so I won't go Into it again, but suffice to say the idea of a husband and wife up against each other in the courtroom works well. However, there is so much more to this book than that, it is not only a legal novel, but is a thriller and a murder mystery. It is also about people finding who they are and...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Summary: Sara Tate starts her job as a New York City assistant district attorney the day before massive budget cuts. To keep her job, she grabs a case slated for one of the DA office's hot shots, thinking it will be the kind of showpiece that'll make her a hero. The next day, she learns that the defense attorney on the case is her husband, Jared Lynch. To make matters worse, what appeared to be a simple breaking and entering is beginning to look more like a murder.

Someone is pitting Sara and Jar...more
Lulu Rahman
This is my first Brad Meltzer book. I've actually been looking for it ever since I read an excerpt of it online somewhere and when I saw this at my local bookstore, I didn't think twice and just grabbed it. A mistake actually - I should have at least read the online reviews.

The story started off pretty normal, two lawyers in love and married, hubby is a hotshot defense attorney, wifey is the new ADA. The first few chapters were pretty interesting. Then it reached a plateau for the next 8-10 chap...more
I enjoyed this book however; I didn’t think this was as good as The Tenth Justice. Not that I know anything about the inner workings of a New York City ADA’s routine, but I had a hard time accepting that an ADA would be left so unchecked. It took a few chapters for this story to get momentum with me and I almost put the book down. I’m glad I kept reading because the story picked up speed and unraveled an interesting conspiracy.
For his second novel, I feel as though Meltzer was trying a little too hard to pull off a suspenseful story. The downfall of this book is its length. There was a lot that could have ultimately been cut out of the story and would have, perhaps, strengthened the overall product.

Be that as it may, the story was still captivating and it gave me enough head scratching moments to keep me going forward to the end.
A legal mystery sort of in the style of John Grisham, but not nearly as good. I sort of liked the main characters - a married couple who are set up by some bad guys so that they are going against each other as prosecutor and defense attorney in a murder trial. Each thinks the other will be killed if they lose. At least their relationship remains intact in the end. Just so-so.
Started off good, then spiraled into a stupid non believable mystery. I'm tired of Meltzer
This is my first time reading Meltzer and I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery and suspense presented. A new ADA, Sara, has grabbed a case that could make her career and through a great deal of manipulation, her defense attorney husband is slated to represent the defendant in that case. Sara is warned to come up with a conviction or her husband dies. Her husband is simarily warned to get the case dismissed or win or his wife will die. A vicious battle rips apart the formerly happy married couple and...more
Debbie J
Dead Even is a romance-novel-ish legal thriller and a step or two above qualifying as an airport book. It’s not so much a whodunit as a "who'll do it," with the primary question being who's going to bring down whom.

I’m always ready to look askance at female protagonists written by men because in my literary experience such characters are usually stereotypical and shallow. Author Brad Meltzer seems to have tried hard to make heroine Sara extra tough but her internal voice isn’t realistic and come...more
Adarsh Kota
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Ryder Islington
Review by Ryder Islington, Author of ULTIMATE GAME A Trey Fontaine Mystery

I thought, after reading the cover blurb, that I would be reading a courtroom drama. You know, like the typical John Grisham. NOT!

Imagine, if you will, a wonderfully happily married couple: he is a defense attorney in a large firm; she is a brand spanking new assistant district attorney. Now let's make them both a little crazy. He needs to bring in new clients and win more cases to make partner, maybe even to keep his job....more
Melzer hits another one out of the park as far as I am concerned with this really tense page turner.

The heroes in this book are husband and wife, both lawyers. The wife, after an extensive search for work has finally landed a job as an Assistant D.A. and desperately manages to steal a simple burglary case from another A.D.A. only to creat a huge conflict. The husband is retained by the defendant. The conflict and tension grows as both lawyers are threatened with the murder of their spouse and f...more
Starr Griggs
Dead Even by Brad Meltzer
First Meltzer asked the uncomfortable question “what if you can’t trust your friends?” Now he is back with another uncomfortable and life altering question, “how far would you go to protect the one you love?” It’s a question that new Assistant District Attorney Sara Tate and husband Defense Attorney Jared Tate have to answer. Sara took a case that she thought would show the DA that she is someone that he would want to keep around. Jared stumbles across a client he think...more
I had just read his first book, the Tenth Justice and enjoyed it that much I went straight into his second book, Dead Even. Both books are brilliant, but are also very different to each other.

Both are very fast paced, loads of good dialogue, believable characters and most important of all, a good storyline/plot.

But this was different as there was far more detail about how the legal system works in the USA and specifically New York. As I am fascinated by the US legal system, I found this book bet...more
Husband and wife team Jared and Sara are both attorneys. In Sara’s first case as a new ADA, guess who is defending counsel? You guessed it, Jared. But that is the only guess you can make in this tense legal drama.

Sara was fired from her last firm and took six months to find her new job. But the day before she starts, the NY Times publishes an article about budget cuts and downsizing all over the city, including the DA’s office. But Sara is determined to keep her job, so she her assistant find a...more
Aug 01, 2013 Chrissan added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes msytery
Recommended to Chrissan by: my aunt
I read this book in the summer when i was bord, i thought it was stupid at first; but then as you go on it gets better.Sara Trate, Manhattan District Attorney, has grabbed a case that could change her career. She's smart, tough, and sure to get a conviction.....until Jared, her husband and a prowerful defense attorney, is hired by the other side. But Sara doesn't know Jared has been warned to get his client off or she will be killed. Hiding desperate motives, the couple begina vicious battle in...more
Ryan Madland
This is an older Meltzer book dating back to the late 90's, but its definitely a story that could happen in the present.

Husband Jared is pitted against wife Sara in a battle in the courtroom, but the verdict not only effects the the defendant, but the couple as well. See, they have both been told that if they lose the case, their spouse will be killed. Neither knows that their spouse has been threatened in this way.

Both lawyers are very competitive and with this new incentive, they hold nothing...more
Joyce McKune
Husband & wife lawyers, she just got a job as ADA & he is a defense atty! Her first case they hire him to defend and threaten each of them if they quit the other will be killed.
Meltzer's first book - The Tenth Justice - was one of my all time favorites. This second one is another goodie. Sara Tate got screwed over by her big time law firm and ended up getting fired. She looked for a new job for months and finally got one in the DA's office. Meanwhile her husband's law career soared as everything he touched did. But her first case nearly broken them both. It's a simple burglary but he's representing the defendant and, it turns out, there's nothing simple about the crime...more
this is the first title I've read by this author. The audio book was abridged so it felt a bit choppy but I enjoyed the legal thriller aspect as a departure from my typical reads.
I was first introduced to Brad Meltzer's work via his graphic novel Identity Crisisi and because he's a friend of another comic book professional I admire, Judd Winick. The first Brad Meltzer novel I read was The Book of Lies several weeks ago. And so I started Dead Even (bought a couple of years ago, but misplaced among my many books) again and found it a (yes, a cliche) real page turner. The characters are very well-drawn and the whodunit and whydunit gets revealed a layer at a time. Quite enj...more
Sara Tate, a brand new assistant District Attorney, has grabbed a case that could make her career. She’s smart, tough, and sure to get a conviction…until Jared, her husband and a powerful defense attorney, is hired by the other side. But Sara doesn’t know that Jared has been warned to get his client off or Sara will be killed. Hiding desperate motives, the two begin a vicious battle in court and at home. For Sara has a terrible secret too … and both soon face an unthinkable truth; no matter who...more
Larry Lange
It seemed too similar to The Tenth Justice so I couldn't finish it.
The Tates are both lawyers. Sara left her last firm with some drama and has finally landed a job with the DA's office. On her first day, there are rumors of job cuts due to the budget and she is determined to keep her job. She takes on a case and her husband is hired to defend the client she is trying. Soon they are both receiving threats to win the case or else their spouse's life is in danger. This book is full of suspense and drama as the reader knows who some of the bad guys but not all of t...more
I usually enjoy Brad Meltzer's books but I was a little disappointed with this one. His books can be fun reads, a little political intrigue, a who dunnit, and a few financial shenanigans. Normally I have a difficult time putting his books down once I begin but this one took me a little to get into.

Dead Even concerns a married couple who are both lawyers. One is a defense lawyer and the other is a prosecuting attorney. Through a weird series of events they are both assigned to the same case and...more
Wendy Burke
I hate the idea of giving DEAD EVEN less than 4 stars, but I really want to give it 3 and a half. While the story was good, there was a constant irritation to be regarding the main male character, Jared. I guess I'm not accustomed to reading or dealing with men who seem submissive to their women -- in this case his personality was much more demur than that of his wife...and at times I thought he became a bit whiny. Was that intentional -- I don't know.

The story is good -- but I couldn't get away...more
Kimberly Guzzi
Wow, a gripping edge of your seat crime thriller. Very well written and holds your attention the entire story.
Entertaining, well-paced story about married lawyers who end up on opposite sides of the same case. Why would they ever agree to this conflict of interest? Because unbeknownst to the other, each has been promised that dropping or losing the case means the death of their spouse. Though the premise is clever, I had hoped for slightly better writing and more fully developed characters. I've read several of Meltzer's newer novels, and he's clearly come a long way since 1998!
Barry Bridges
Picked this up from the reading shelf at the hotel we were staying in and got through it in the two days we were staying there. The style is very much Baldacci (or Balducci as the inner credits say!) with description abandonned when there is no need for it and once you get past the initial "do people really talk to each other like this" element the dialogue is fast paced and moves the story along nicely. A good ending and I'll most likely read another Meltzer one day...
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Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, as well as the bestsellers The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Zero Game, The Book of Fate and The Book of Lies.

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