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Dead Even: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – June 28 2022
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“Heart-stopping intensity.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Meltzer has come up with a gem of a plot….It breezes along in high gear….[A] highly recommended suspenser.” —Chicago Tribune
In this second novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer, husband and wife face off in a legal thriller that poses the most chilling question of all: How far would you go to save the one you love?
Sara Tate, a Manhattan assistant DA, is on the brink of losing her job. But then she takes a case that may be able to secure her future. Trouble is, it’s much more complicated—and deadly—than it initially appears. While forces within her own office plot against her, an outside threat takes things to another level: Win the case or her attorney husband, Jared, will die. But Jared has received threats, too. Forced to defend the opposition, he learns that, if he loses the case, Sara will be killed. With everything on the line for both of them, husband and wife battle it out—at court and at home—while maintaining the terrible secret behind their motives. Caught in a struggle of rollercoaster emotions and shocking betrayals, Jared and Sara must face the unthinkable: No matter who wins, one of them may die.
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Lawyer Sara Tate is in danger of losing her new job with the Manhattan District Attorney's Office if she doesn't get noticed fast. Smart and tough—a fighter who makes things happen—she grabs a high-profile burglary case that could make her career. There are two problems: Sara's husband, Jared, is the attorney for the defense . . . and she's been warned that if she does not get a conviction, Jared will be killed. What she doesn't know is that her husband has received a similar threat. Unless his client walks, Sara's life is over.
Unaware of the stakes on the other side and forced to keep their secrets from each other, husband and wife become bitter adversaries, locked in a vicious head-to-head battle in the courtroom and at home. And there can be no victor in this struggle.
No matter who wins . . . someone dies.
About the Author
Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twelve thrillers including The Escape Artist, and nonfiction books such as The Lincoln Conspiracy and the Ordinary People Change the World series. He is also the host of the TV show Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel. He lives in Florida with his wife and three children.
- Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 28 2022)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 512 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0061978124
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061978128
- Item weight : 286 g
- Dimensions : 10.64 x 2.92 x 19.05 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #546,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The only thing that keeps this book from perfect is the same malady that plagues most thrillers and that is all the anti-climatic mish mash that detracts from the story being told.
Meltzer does a decent job of developing the main characters; however, he could have added a bit more on some of the secondary characters as we hardly get to know Conrad and Guff (just enough to want to know more). It was easy to picture Sara and Jared
I look forward to reading his next book, First Counsel. If you love fast paced legal thrillers (with less emphasis on the law and more on action) then you will love this book.
Dead Even came through big time! Meltzer's first book left me wanting a better ending. One that was slowly revealed instead of a quick, wrap-up. Dead Even did it! I would say that nearly 100 pages BEFORE the end, Meltzer begins to unwrap the conclusion. This is the way you would expect it in real life. A few hints here and there until the finale.
For a fiction, I would go out on a limb and say this is the most enjoyable book I have ever read. I hope you find as much pleasure in reading it as I did!
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I'm glad this isn't the first BM book I read as I wouldn't have read the others. BM would do himself a favor by discontinuing this one and letting the others shine.
Even more so when one of them must die, depending on the outcome of the case.
It's a fast-moving, comfortably easy to read story, and great for taking on holidays.