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The Tenth Justice by Brad Meltzer
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Jan 15, 2011

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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, Ben involves his co-clerk, the attractive and intelligent Lisa Schulman, and his three roommates -- Nathan Hollister, Eric Stroman, and Ober, all boyhood friends who hold entry-level DC jobs. Nathan works for the State Department, Eric for The Washington Herald, and Ober for a U.S. senator, and each is able to contribute something to Ben's campaign against his tormentor, who is now blackmailing him for further information. From that moment on there's little respite, as the plot turns into a deadly cat-and-mouse game in which no matter how hard Ben tries to be the cat, he inevitably ends up a mouse.

REVIEW: This is Brad Meltzer's debut novel. There are some looney plots involved, especially when you consider that these people are supposed to be the smartest of the smartest in order to get an internship with the Supreme Court. The plot itself is interesting, but the characters sometimes lose their way during the story itself. I started reading this book because I like to read legal thrillers by such writers as John Grisham who's stories are very similiar in style these days. There are some tedious moments as well; as when the clerks are together and babbling about nothing that makes any sense.

However, I still enjoyed the overall thought of the story, and thus rate this book a C.

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