Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Deposit Slip by Todd Johnson

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Deposit Slip
Bethany House Publishers (July 1, 2012)

Todd M. Johnson


Todd M. Johnson has practiced as an attorney for over 30 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 served as a US diplomat in Hong Kong.

The Deposit Slip is his debut novel. He lives outside Minneapolis,
Minnesota, with his wife Cathy, and children Ian and Libby.


$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.

How Far Will One Lawyer Go to Find the Money?

When Jared wearied of the shady ethics of his big law firm and started 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.

And How Far Will Someone Go to Stop Him?

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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Deposit Slip, go HERE.

My review:
I had read about this book before it came out, and was interested in it, but am sometimes afraid to try a new author, especially their first book, but it sounded like the kind of book I like to read, so I requested it to review, and was not at all disappointed in it. Far from it. I loved it. Legal thrillers that are written well are one of my favorite reading genre's, and Johnson did a great job of writing his first legal thriller. The book reminded me a bit of something Randy Singer would write, but Johnson has his own style.

The story revolved around a missing $10 million dollars that a bank refuses to admit ever existed, and there is quite the push on to stop it from being investigated. The author took that premise and wove a great story around it.

I really liked the main character, Jared. There isn't much indication given about his spiritual state, and I would have liked a little more done in that area, but he does struggle with unforgiveness which he has to deal with in the book. Overall, the book wasn't overtly Christian, but with the exception of one curse word I caught (another word for donkey), it was a great story. I was impressed with this debut novel, and look forward to reading more from this author in the future. This is page-turning suspense at its best, and is a book I had to devour in one sitting, a great test of a novel.