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Publisher's Summary

“Meltzer has earned the right to belly up to the bar with John Grisham, Scott Turow, and David Baldacci.” (People

The young attorneys who clerk for Supreme Court justices wield extraordinary power - privy to sensitive material that could prove disastrous in unscrupulous hands, making decisions that could change lives...or destroy them. They are...the 10th justice.

Landing a prestigious position as a Supreme Court clerk fresh out of Yale Law, Ben Addison is on the ultrafast track to success - until he inadvertently shares a classified secret with the wrong listener. And now the anonymous blackmailer who made a killing with Ben’s information is demanding more. 

Guilty of a criminal act, his golden future suddenly in jeopardy, Ben turns for help to his roommates - three close friends from childhood, each strategically placed near the seats of Washington power - and to his beautiful, whip-smart fellow clerk, Lisa Schulman. But trust is a dangerous commodity in the nation’s capital. And when lives, careers, and power are at stake, loyalties can shatter like glass...and betrayals can be lethal.

©2011 Brad Meltzer (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Re-release

I believe that there were some updates from the original release. I wish this would be noted in the details. I started to listen and it seemed familiar and outdated fir a 2921 release with phone booths and payphones as well as numerous little things. I finally looked it up and saw that it was from the 90's. Of course all those references made sense now, but they did revise to include cell phone references.
Overall a good story. When you find an author you like and go back to read old novels to gain perspective, you do that with that knowledge that you are going back in time. This update leaves a bit of room for improvement.

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Good story….bad music

Really enjoyed the idea of the story, but the music at the end of the “Chapters” was distracting.

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Predictable and boring

Perhaps it’s because I’m an attorney, but the implausibility of the storyline combined with the predictability made it boring.

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don't bother

I downloaded this because I like Scott Brick as a narrator and usually like David Baldacci. I give this to Star simply for Scott Brick. The characters in the story in the story itself have no redeeming value. They are unlikable and it's hard to care how they end up. Been a while since I've disliked a book this much. I held on till the end hoping for better. I don't recommend that you do.

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Too much bickering between the characters

If this book had somewhat engaging story, one might get past the incessant arguing and bickering between the characters. Save yourselves 14 hours of irritation.

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Very disappointed

I cannot believe I finished this book. Throughout the read, I kept imagining it to be a freshman writing assignment to pen a Grisham-styled “suspense thriller” featuring the cast of St Elmo’s Fire.

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Very good, not fantastic.

Good story but too many things required accepting an after the fact explanation. Plus the authors does too much Nathan said… Erik said…. The reader should be able to follow some conversations without constant telling you who is talking. I still enjoyed the book but I don’t think it would have taken too much to make the book great.

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mind candy

good story line. twists and turns. would have liked a bit more background on characters, but entertaining.

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not realistic

Not realistic no way this could happen just is not my kind of book

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Very strange story

Bought this because Scott Brick is one of the best narrators
Story was ok ending a little far fetched but entertaining

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