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Summary

In this debut legal thriller, when Thaddeus Murfee agreed to defend a young woman accused of murdering the man who carved his name in her chest, he thought that he and his new law practice were on their way. However, the Chicago mob schemed to send the young woman to the death chamber in order to cover up its payola with the governor. Thaddeus craves the riches and fame that a successful trial lawyer can have, but he doesn't realize the price he is going to have to pay once the mob sends its enforcers after him. A hard-fought trial is followed by a face off on a dark night between Thaddeus and Johnny "the Blade" Bladanni. You never win against the mob, he is warned. Now the FBI has the lowdown on the players, and Thaddeus needs their help but is afraid they will come after his client ,too. Thaddeus is caught between a rock and a hard place with no choice - if he wants to live and set his client free. A tough, young lawyer in a heart-pounding legal thriller that will keep you up at night way beyond your bedtime!

©2014 John Ellsworth (P)2015 John Ellsworth

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  • Gena E.
  • 08-01-16

Loved it!

One of the best thrillers I've read in the oast couple of years! Didn't want to put it down! Narration was also great!

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  • meg
  • 30-08-15

Enjoyable

While predictable (because I have read so many mysteries and court room drama), the book was enjoyable. I enjoyed some of the twists and turns throughout the book. I felt anger and empathy toward different characters throughout. I was disappointed in the portrayal of the defendant. I felt she should have been a stronger character than demonstrated in the text.
The writing style reminded me of Carl Hiaassen, with the random introduction of a new character or event. Shifting gears in a new chapter or segment within the chapter.

I found the ending disappointing and too neatly wrapped up with a pretty bow.

Overall a good book and an easy listen.

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  • Faye Wiley
  • 26-08-15

So many surprises!

This story had so many surprises, not about what happened and who did it, but about the twists and turns within the who and what. Not many whodunits keep my interest when I guess the obvious and the obvious is simply obvious. John Ellsworth has kept my interest throughout the book with the most unlikely of suspects, human nature. The good, the bad, and the greedy all stay true to what I know about human nature with the surprising play of what takes place within the time frames of the story. Each time I thought the story was over, hero and heroine trapped, stumped and locked up, a new twist spins the story anew. Just a good read.

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  • Wayne
  • 16-01-16

Good legal suspense novel!

This novel is almost as much about corruption in Illinois politics as about a murder case; indeed, the corruption leads to the murder and the framing of an innocent defendant. In the end, the legal assistant solves the case. Worthwhile!!

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  • Kelly watley
  • 14-09-16

John Ellisworth does it again..

I received this audible edition for free for my honest review.. love this series.. expertly written with exquisite narration believable characters, fast paced action and intriguing story.. I would love to listen all day..to any thing by this Author

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  • Carol
  • 24-07-16

Narrator Ruined it for me

Would you try another book from John Ellsworth and/or A.W. Miller?

Yes

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Weak

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of A.W. Miller?

Richard Ferrrone

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not many. Decent storyline, no page turning excitement at all

Any additional comments?

Narrators attempt at different voices bordered on laughable.

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  • tsheatk
  • 11-09-15

Enjoyable Read

Book was too predictable !
It was an enjoyable read with several twist and turns. The main characters were interesting enough.