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The Tenth Justice

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  8,275 ratings  ·  295 reviews
Fresh from Yale Law, Ben Addison is a new clerk for one of the Supreme Court's most respected justices. Along with his co-clerk, Lisa, Ben represents the best of the fledgling legal community: sharp, perfectionistic, and painstakingly conscientious - but just as green. So when he inadvertently reveals the confidential outcome of an upcoming Court decision, and one of the p ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 483 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Warner Vision (first published January 1st 1997)
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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
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
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
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.
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
Don Nunn
Inelegant writing, unrealistic dialog, and shallow and unlikeable characters. I gave up about a third of the way in.
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
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.
Feb 23, 2011 Annalise marked it as didn-t-finish  ·  review of another edition
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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
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.
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
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

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 4 of 5 stars
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
Naimah Ismail
this book constantly had me on the edge of my seat I just couldn't put it down.
PepperP0t (
...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 littl
Nov 27, 2008 Honor rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Kathy (Bermudaonion)
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. Wor
Dominiek Leenknecht
Gewoon een goede old-fashioned turnpager in de traditie van pakweg John Grisham. "De tiende rechter," de titel van dit boek, slaat op de griffiers van het Amerikaanse Hooggerechtshof. Een nieuwe lichting griffiers heeft voor deze baan gevochten en mag aan een carrière binnen deze hoogste rechtbank beginnen. Tot één van die griffiers plotseling gechanteerd, gemanipuleerd wordt en in een wereld terechtkomt waarvan hij niet meer weet wie hij wel nog en niet meer kan vertrouwen en waarin de onverkla ...more
Lydia M
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 oth ...more
Starr Griggs
Brad Meltzer’s The Tenth Justice

I first heard of Brad Meltzer through his show “Decoded”. After watching an episode that dealt with the secrets of The Grove, I wanted to see what his books were like.

The Tenth Justice is a story of bad judgment, betrayal and ultimately mind games. Friendships are tested, sanity is questioned and one man finds himself digging a hole for himself and his career that he may not get out of. Four friends, who have moved to Washington to further their careers, find that
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Summary: 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.

On Ben Addison's first day as a Supreme Court clerk, he's tricked into leaking an important decision which leads to a fishy financial killing on Wall Street. With little choice, and not much remorse
I Thoroughly Enjoyed This Audiobook

The Tenth Justice is an interesting little morality play set at the Supreme Court. What do you do if you accidentally leak information about a supreme court case and someone uses that inside information to make a fortune? What do you do if they come back and threaten to expose your slip-up unless you provide more information?

In my opinion, Meltzer's character does the wrong thing but that is what makes the story so interesting.

Meltzer's dialogue works so well
Damiano Battaglia
Stavolta la magia dell'opera prima non c'è. "Il Decimo Giudice" di Brad Meltzer è un piccolo legal thriller, con una trama indiscutibilmente interessante, ma uno svolgimento tutt'altro che entusiasmante. I guai nei quali va a cacciarsi il povero Ben Addison sono inspiegabilmente stemperati da una serie infinita e stucchevole di battutine, sia da parte della sua collega che dei suoi coinquilini, più degne di un appartamento Erasmus che di un assistente alla Corte Suprema degli Stati Uniti. E le l ...more
kevin helbling
Excellent book

I will be honest, John Gresham is my favorite author but I read all his books. A friend told me to try out Meltzer and I did and he reminds me a lot of Grisham. This book was awesome. It kept me on my toes and I did not want to put the book down. This book did make me think if things happen like this!!I recommend this book for anyone to read!!
Fredrick Danysh
Ben Addison had just gotten his dream job as a law clerk at the US Supreme Court when he is contacted by a man claiming to be a former clerk. After he inadvertently reveals a court decision before the decision is released a financier makes a fortune in the stock market as a result. When Ben decides that he is the cause, he sets out to rectify the situation putting himself and three friends in danger.
Julius C.
I'm surprised I finished this book. I just couldn't stand Ben and his roommates. Specially Nathan. The way they fight is so unrealistic. With those outbursts you get the sensation they are teenagers.

I give it to Brad that he has a great writing style and for moments the book grabbed me entirely. Nonetheless, the characters weren't well developed. And I'm saying this after enjoying The Millionaires.

Three stars and I'm being generous.
Almost everything about this book seemed shallow. It was like having to be in the company of a group of high school boys who just couldn't get serious. Once in a great while there was a glimmer of substance but that never developed into the kind of complexity seen with Baldacci, Turow, etc. Meltzer was compared to writers of this stature, so obviously the book was a big disappointment. He would have been better compared to the likes of Evanovich. Since it was his first effort, I may read somethi ...more
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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.

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.

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