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Chad Zunker
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An Equal Justice

(David Adams #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  4,045 ratings  ·  255 reviews

Inside a prestigious law firm, a rookie lawyer is pulled into a dark maze of lies and violence.

An ambitious Stanford graduate, David Adams has begun a fast-track career at Austin’s most prestigious law firm. It’s a personal victory for the rising superstar—a satisfying reversal from his impoverished and despairing childhood. Now he has the life he’s always wanted: an extravagant

Paperback, 222 pages
Published November 1st 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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Congratulations are in order for David Adams! He just graduated from law school. As the new up-and-coming super-star, he’s taken a position at one of the top law firms in Austin, Texas. He has one singular goal. To be the best new attorney the firm has ever seen. If that means working himself to the bone, day and night - so be it. Even putting aside everything in his personal life as well. Including those valued traits that made him such an upstanding young man... morals... values...a sense o
Kathi Defranc
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an inspiring book! Yes it is about a lawyer, new to a high-powered firm, just starting his journey when he meets some folks who live on the street. There are murders. crime and plenty of back-stabbing individuals, but through it all you find a different way to go...A real connection to others, and a decision to go the tough but worthwhile route..
A simply amazing story by an author I have enjoyed since I read his very first book- And could Not believe it was his first! I enjoy legal
Laura Rash
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This one kind of reminded me of Grisham’s The Firm but with a different ethical level with homelessness. A quick and thoughtful read.
Ashley Lewis
Meh... 2.5/5 stars

This book was short. I wanted more. I wanted the story to be more flushed out and detailed. I wanted the characters to have more depth and know more about their background and why they are the way they are.

With that said, I think the bones are good here. This book could have been great if Zunker could have expanded on what he already had here.

I actually really want to pick up another novel by Zunker because again I think the plot was interesting and the characters
I like my crime/mystery books with a bit more meat on their bones than this one. At only about 200 pages, I flew through it in a couple of hours. David Adams is the poor-boy-made-good young hotshot lawyer who turns to drugs to keep himself working through the night. He falls in with a homeless man called Benny who saves him from an assailant in a dark alleyway.

People are getting killed off left, right and centre. David's boss is clearly a drunken, womanising 'wrongun', and there's a
Cathy Ryan
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, fiction, murder
This is a case of if it looks too good to be true, it probably is. From a poor background, newly qualified attorney David Adams has been recruited as an associate at Hunter & Kellerman, the most distinguished law firm in Austin, Texas. He was offered 20% more than much larger firms in San Francisco and New York, plus $20,000 for joining the team. Believing he has secured his dream job David makes the most of his change in fortunes. But the supposed suicide of another intern gives him pause f ...more
Bonnye Reed
Oct 01, 2019 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
October's First Reads
Jan Brattain
Received this as a free Amazon First reads book. I chose it because of the positive reviews it had. Maybe the reviews were written by the authors friends, I found it to be a poor imitation of a John Grisham novel, the Firm. The characters were poorly fleshed out, I was sick of the money grubbing aspect of this lawyer. The only reason I continued to read it was because it was short and I was able to finish it quickly. The story line was mildly interesting but predictable. Since I did finish it, I ...more
Sandy Foote
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Page Turner

He grabs you from the first page, you’ll be hooked. David is an awesome character a real life good guy. Actually all the characters are so well written it pulls you into the story you feel like your living the story real time.
Paul Cantwell
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so good. I read it in 24 hours because I couldn’t put it down. Definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat, wondering what is going to happen next. I highly recommend reading it - you won’t be disappointed!
Darcia Helle
An Equal Justice is like the perfect recipe with all the right ingredients, but then the chef forgets to add the spices.

The story starts with several unconnected narrating characters whose stories eventually converge. It's easy to follow, but the pace is slow, meandering along as we spend way more time than necessary dwelling on David's poor childhood and his current obsession with wealth.

When we finally get to the heart of the story, it feels too contrived, too much of a
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Similar to The Firm, but with a more human angle. I will definitely read the next one.
Schuyler Wallace

Attorney Chad Zunker has transformed an episode in his life into a novel that tells of real camaraderie among the unfortunate. After inspiration from a visit to a homeless camp on the outskirts of Austin, Texas, some thirteen tears ago, Chad and his wife have served the homeless on the streets and he has now has written a murder mystery about them in “An Equal Justice.”

The story, although somewhat old hat, is a revelation because the master planned community he has written about has
A fast, shallow criminal drama.
Not much depth to the main character (although the author would like us to think there is) and the story line is incredibly predictable and cliched:
Ambitious law school graduate who grew up poor has finally made it into the cutthroat world of corporate law, where he's ready to do whatever it takes to come out on top. But oh! He meets a homeless dude, who turns out not to have a drug, alcohol or mental health problem like probably 75% of chronically homeless
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I came across this book randomly recently and decided to pick it up, and let me tell you, I am so glad that I did!! I absolutely love crime/mystery books so this was right up my alley!

Firstly, I really really enjoyed the plot of this book. It was interesting, unique, and I had no clue what the end would result in, and for me, that’s very rare as I’m unusually good at guessing endings. I absolutely loved the mystery built into this book. I struggled to put this book down because I nee
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Well-written story in that the author gives us insight into MOST characters’ motivations. However, the underlying impetus for the murders and betrayals that occur is largely left in the background until near the end of the story. We are left with no insight into the puppeteer who is ultimately responsible for so much carnage! Of course, including that character in depth would have required writing an additional 50 - 100 pages. I get it. But t
Marythios (AkaSusanne )
I loved the story in An Equal Justice, a high-powered, rich lawyer named David, who remembers his humble beginnings, instead of having contempt for the homeless, befriending them as equals and wanting to help them achieve housing with dignity. Going out on a limb and risking his future for them. David is face with a dilemma do what is right or stay in a place that pays well but is corrupt.
David Adams who aspired only to be rich and discovered his morality was stronger than money. You do not see
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly Good Story!

Right from the start and in small ways, the author begins dropping clues to this focused and suspenseful story of a young lawyer suddenly confronted with a dangerous world of manipulation and lies. David Adams, the protagonist, is a likable character that drives the storyline. The tight plot keeps allows the mystery to unfold quickly and in an engaging way.

I always like a good story without the distractions of unnecessary sex, graphic violence, and overly c
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Too much "religion" ???

I can't help but wonder if the reviewers who complained about too much "religion" in this book have ever been to an AA meeting - because the only difference here is that in AA you're not allowed to name names! Get over it...
I picked this book because it was the only Prime choice that didn't seem offensive or a genre I don't like much anyway. And I'm glad that I did!!! It was a quick and easy read, after reading two historical novels in a row with syntax errors!
Beth Birnbaum
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the story of An Equal Justice, a high-powered, rich lawyer, remembering his humble beginnings, instead of having contempt for the homeless, befriending them as equals and wanting to help them achieve housing with dignity. Going out on a limb and risking his future for them. It was, I considered, a lovely fairy tale of empowering the homeless, but not going to happen.
So I enjoyed the story, David Adams who aspired only to riches and discovered his morality was stronger than money, h
Nancy Anne Martin
So nice to enjoy reading a mystery without dodging immoral situations or filthy language.

I've seen the reviews accusing the author of being blatantly religious with the intent to convert the reader. This was not my take. He does mention faith as being a guiding force, but it's not crammed down the readers throat, and the truth is that there are some mild curse words in the verbiage of the characters, which lend authenticity to the situations they find themselves in.

I foun
Judy F Hovis
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deserves 10 stars

I feel privileged to have read this book. As a Kindle First reader, I usually go for thrillers and mysteries. This is a story of a young man just beginning a career in corporate law. He's landed at a prestigious firm where money is the driver and it's clear he fits the mold. One night in a dark alley, his life is changed, taking a direction that may lead him in a circle back to the lifestyle he had growing up. An old man comes into his life, and the mystery begins. I am a Ch
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very much enjoyed the story and the characters in An Equal Justice. I read this during my first trip to Austin, Tx which is the scene of the story. Lots going growth and prosperity going on in Austin, but lots of social issues are being dealt with too. Author, Chad Zunker, captures the multi-faceted aspects of Austin and weaves it into an exciting legal thriller.

After reading the book, I explored a bit more about the author’s background and his inspiration for writing and support of
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story begins with David Adams arriving in Austin from California. The firm he is joining is having a dinner to welcome the new associates. At the conclusion of the dinner as David is leaving, he spots a member of the firm that has had to much to drink. He offers to take him home and upon leaving he sees a figure outside of the house.

The next day, it is discovered that Nick, who David had taken home had committed suicide. This leads to a major adventure where David gets involved i
Nov 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read this one based on the marketing (even through my emails) and I do like legal thrillers, after all. I found it a very fast read without much explanation or insight into motivations. The main bad guy seemed to be a stick-figure villain and even in the end we didn't see much of anything but were only told. The plot initially felt like a knockoff of Grisham's early hit, The Firm. This ended differently, but still felt contrived to me, like a recipe or formula that the author follow ...more

This is a great book. I loved the variety of characters in the story. I enjoyed the fact that the characters themselves were a bonus mystery to an already intriguing story. I am reluctant in saying that I didn't understand the end of the story, which was the key to everything. I've re-read it once but still didn't get it. I'm thinking maybe I was distracted by something that was going on around me or my mind drifted off somewhere. It does tend to do that at times. I'm determined to get
Greg Kerr
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been here before ... kinda

Without giving away too much I thought the incident that involved the sailors in the early 1970's was serious but not enough to lead to murder. Likewise, I thought there would have been a closer hidden or unknown relationship between two of the main characters that would have led to their involvement into resolving the mystery.

I did enjoy the book, and I found the character development sufficient to understand their motives and actions. I felt like
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What is happening?

From the start the author sets in motion a string of events that you have no idea if they are connected or if this will have some short stories unrelated.

I wasn’t sure I was ready to read this after getting through the first couple of chapters. Having just completed reading “Tell no lie”, a true story about a psychopath killer, my mind was still recovering. I am glad I stayed as the plot thickened and the pages kept me engrossed.

Truly a mystery with twists. You may
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my Amazon First Reads pick for this month and it is by far one of the better books I have picked from there. I really liked this story. It's a legal suspense/thriller that focuses on a young, newly-minted, ambitious lawyer who gets his dream job but it turns out to be more than he bargained for. The story is short so that may be why it felt like parts of it were kind of rushed. I do wish the book was fleshed out a bit more and that there was some more character development. Also the end ...more
Di Worley
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story with a heart

Having struggled and worked harder than he thought possible, David Adams was on the brink of all the riches he had dreamt of during his poor background. All is not as it seems and he is drawn into a situation that is both dangerous, but also opens his eyes to what constitutes a rich life. There is a moral dilemma in the plot, which have a good feeling about the character and the hope that in some cases money and power do not corrupt everyone. I enjoyed the pace of the sto
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CHAD ZUNKER is the author of the David Adams legal thriller, An Equal Justice, as well as The Tracker, Shadow Shepherd, and Hunt the Lion in his Sam Callahan series. Chad has worked for some of the country’s most powerful law firms and serves at Community First! Village, a 51-acre master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for men and women comi ...more

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