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Dead Even

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  3,748 Ratings  ·  259 Reviews
When faced with the choice of saving your own life or the life of the person you love the most, how do you choose? Sara Tote, a Manhattan assistant D.A. is very much in love with her defense attorney husband, Jared, but is on the verge of losing her job. So her colleagues coerce her into taking a case marked for the star prosecutor in hopes of securing her future at the D. ...more
Hardcover, 401 pages
Published May 13th 1998 by William Morrow
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Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting plot.

Husband and wife team, one is ADA, the other is working in big law firm. These educated lawyers acting like emotional teenagers. There dialogue are boring and long. Murder and mayhem, and who to trust or believe from the start to finish.
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
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
Jan 15, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
A Girl Has No Name
This was my first Brad Meltzer and I definitively liked it. The plot was great and I couldn't lay the book down. The pace was fast and breathtaking. Maybe the characters could have been a bit better developped, but all in all the story about Jared and Sara was great! 4 stars!
Jan 13, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Started off good, then spiraled into a stupid non believable mystery. I'm tired of Meltzer
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
Wendy Jones
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and nine other bestselling thrillers. In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list for nonfiction (History Decoded), advice (Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter), children's books (I Am Amelia Earhart and I Am Abraham Lincoln) and even gr ...more
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