Book Review: The Deposit Slip

27 Nov

209864When Jared Neaton grew tired of the shady ethics of his big law firm and left to go out on his own, he never expected the wheels to fly off so quickly. One big case collapsing on him has pushed him to the brink and it’s all he can do to scrape by. He can’t risk another bad loss.

Erin Larson is running out of options. In the wake of her father’s death, she found a slim piece of paper — a deposit slip–with an unbelievable amount on it. Ten million dollars. Only the bank claims it has no record of the deposit and stonewalls her attempts to find out more. This lawsuit, her last chance, has brought only intimidation and threats. Now she needs to convince Jared to take a risk, to help her because the money is real. And both need to watch their backs as digging deeper unleashes something far more dangerous than just threats.

14de351636d085353b7c693b2bb4e121_f45Todd M. Johnson has practiced as an attorney for over 30 years, specializing as a trial lawyer. Todd’s career experience blends with his passion for writing in his novels published through Bethany House.

A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Minnesota Law School, he also taught for two years as an adjunct professor of International Law, and served as a US diplomat in Hong Kong.

The Deposit Slip, Mr. Johnson’s first novel, debuted in 2012.  Todd’s second novel, Critical Reaction, will be released in November 2013.

Todd lives outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife Cathy and children Ian and Libby.

My Impressions:

I love legal suspense and am so glad that I came across a new author to add to my favorites. From the opening sentences of The Deposit Slip, I knew this was a book I would love.

Jared Neaton is still trying to recover emotionally and financially from the break-out case that didn’t happen. When he is approached with another legal puzzle, he is intrigued. But as he gets to know the people and facts involved with a mysterious deposit slip, he finds he can’t step away. Adding to the legal maze, is the return to his hometown and the strained relationship with his father. Danger also starts to dog his steps, but Jared is determined to see justice served.

The Deposit Slip has a lot to recommend it — underdog client, conspiracies reaching from small town to Washington, D.C., and a lawyer struggling with forgiveness. Johnson’s novel is right up there with the best of Randy Singer and Robert Whitlow. So if you are looking for a new voice and a great read, check out The Deposit Slip.

(I purchased this book for my Kindle. All opinions are mine alone.)

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