Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Deposit Slip Book Review

SUMMARY:  $10,000,000 IS MISSING.
     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.  Only the bank claims they have no record of the money, and trying to hire a lawyer has brought only intimidation and threats.  Erin's last chance is Jared Neaton.
When Jared wearied of the shady ethics of his big law firm and went out on his own, he never expected the wheels to fly off so quickly.  One big loss has pushed him to the brink, and it's all he can do to scrape by.
He's not sure if Erin's case is worth the risk, but if the money is real, all his problems could vanish.  When digging deeper unleashes something far more dangerous than just threats, both Jared and Erin must decide the cost they're willing to pay to discover the truth.

REVIEW:  After Paul Larson dies in a car wreak, his daughter Erin stumbles onto a small slip of paper mixed in with his important papers.  The slip of paper is a deposit slip to the local bank for over $10 million.  Every lawyer she talks to about getting information from the bank about the money runs away from the case as quickly as possible.  
     Jared is up to his ears in unpaid bills since his one big windfall case was lost.  Desperate, he offers to take this case when it is referred to him by his mentor and former co-worker.   But, the more he investigates, the more road blocks are thrown up by the opposing lawyers, his former co-workers from the Paisley Law Firm.
     This is a good book, filled from the beginning with questions that need to be answered.  The author twists and turns, throwing road block after road block up, keeping you from coming up with the obvious answers.  I like how Jared sticks with the case even though it looks like he will never get the information he needs to win.  I love Jessie, Jared's legal assistant and dear friend.  Even though she disagrees with Jared about taking the case, and even going so far as to quit at one time, she never fully gives up on the case or Jared, and even find two key pieces of information needed.  This book provided a good change of pace.  I like how the author leaves the end with the anticipation of a sequel or the possibility of a series.

This book was provided by Bethany House Publishers for review without compensation.

Todd M. Johnson has practiced as an attorney for over thirty years, specializing as a trial lawyer.  A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Minnesota Law School, he also taught for two years as adjunct professor of International Law and serves as a US diplomat in Hong Kong.  He lives outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife, his son, Ian, and his daughter Libby.  This is his debut novel.  Visit his website at

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