Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Deposit Slip by Todd M.Johnson

I remember my first legal thriller, The Firm, by John Grisham. I loved the genre and have since read many more Grisham novels. I am always on the look out for new authors with Grisham's style and ability. I was hoping that Bethany House's new author, Todd M. Johnson, could fit the bill with his debut novel, The Deposit Slip. The book boasts a compelling story line dealing with an inherited deposit slip and the search to uncover the truth about a (seemingly) poor farmer's windfall.

Jared Neaton is a young trial attorney who is trying to bounce back from a big loss--a case which cost him a bundle, when he is given the opportunity to work for Erin Larson, a young woman who has just inherited the mysterious deposit slip from her father.

There are forces at work in the small Minnesota town of Ashley that will stop at nothing to prevent the validation of Erin's inheritance.

I appreciated the accuracy and attention to the legal details that Todd M. Johnson employed. (My husband is an attorney who also represents trial attorneys in his governmental relations practice, so I know a little of what these guys go through.)  But Johnson doesn't bog the reader down in legalese, for which I was thankful!

Kudos to Mr. Johnson and Bethany House for a refreshing legal thriller with a message of hope and reconciliation.

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.


Jennifer Shirk said...

Oooh, goodie! I haven't read a good legal thriller in a loooong time!

Cheryl Klarich said...

Hi Jennifer! Yes! The Deposit Slip is Todd Johnson's first novel--I think he's got more on the way.

Bless you!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Its ages since I have read a thriller. The Deposit Slip sounds wonderful.

Cheryl Klarich said...

Hi Rachna. Thanks for stopping by!

This book had an interesting story line and was also a really good window into the court system.

Bless you!

Dana said...

I haven't read many legal thrillers, but this one does sound good!

Misha Gerrick said...

This sounds like a great thriller. I love when the characters willingly walk into nightmares because they don't see any other choices. ^_^

Karen Lange said...

Sounds like a winner. Thanks for the tip! :)

Michelle Wallace said...

Oooh! The suspense/thriller genre is my FAVOURITE! And Grisham is the master of the legal thriller...
This book sounds great - something I'd definitely enjoy! Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for sharing this new-to-me author. Looks like my to-be-read list has just gotten longer. Have a blessed weekend!