The Deposit Slip  -     By: Todd M. Johnson
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The Deposit Slip

Bethany House / 2012 / Paperback

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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. Ten million dollars. Only the bank claims it has no record of the deposit and stonewalls her attempts to find out more. This lawsuit, her last chance, has brought only intimidation and threats. Now she needs to convince Jared to take a risk, to help her because the money is real. And both need to watch their backs as digging deeper unleashes something far more dangerous than just threats.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764209868
ISBN-13: 9780764209864
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Publisher's Description

This Gripping Legal Thriller Is a Perfect Summer Read

When Jared Neaton grew tired of the shady ethics of his big law firm and left to go out on his own, he never expected the wheels to fly off so quickly. One big case collapsing on him has pushed him to the brink and it's all he can do to scrape by. He can't risk another bad loss.

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. Ten million dollars. Only the bank claims it has no record of the deposit and stonewalls her attempts to find out more. This lawsuit, her last chance, has brought only intimidation and threats. Now she needs to convince Jared to take a risk, to help her because the money is real. And both need to watch their backs as digging deeper unleashes something far more dangerous than just threats.

Author Bio

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. This is his debut novel. He lives outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife, his son, Ian, and his daughter, Libby. Visit his website at www.authortoddjohnson.com.

Publishers Weekly

Debut novelist Johnson, like fellow Christian novelists James Scott Bell and Randy Singer, has worked many years as a trial lawyer, a profession that seems to serve budding novelists well, perhaps not because they are accustomed to framing and structuring narratives of event but because they have seen much of the underbelly of society. When Erin Larson finds a deposit slip for $10 million in her recently deceased father’s safety deposit box, she hires Jared Neaton to help her find out where the money came from and why she never saw any signs of it. To take the case, Neaton must return to his hometown and face his father, who did time in prison for embezzlement. Johnson writes vividly; describing Neaton’s fathers eyes, he writes, “They showed no fight; only a rush of unexpected pain. It drained all the satisfaction out of the rage, seeing his dad like a fighter who wouldn’t raise his gloves.” With an irresistible set-up, suspense, a subtle love triangle, strong dialogue, characters, and a focused plot, Johnson makes a strong first literary case. (July) 2012 Reed Business Information

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  1. Wanham, Alberta
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    a fantastic legal thriller
    January 13, 2013
    Marianne
    Wanham, Alberta
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is one novel I did not want to put down until I finished it, once I had started reading. I knew that Legal Thrillers do that for me, and so it was a while after I got it I read it. And I was right. This is a edge of the seat type of novel, drama on almost every page, drawing in the innocent, as well as targetting the guilty. With twists and turns and ups and downs and arounds throughout the story, it is difficult, though not impossible to figure out who wants the lawyer and client quiet. And yet, I continued reading to find out how far they were going to go to do this, and why. Was there really a deposit slip that had been buried so far in bureaucracy that it would not see the light of day, or was there no money? And why did it matter to Erin and Jared?

    This is a well told novel that captivated my mind even when I was not reading it, and even now, after I have finished it. The book ends with Jessie, Jared's secretary, receiving a call for another case, and Jared accepting it. I will be watching for this next one with anticipation.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good read, looking for more from Mr. Johnson
    October 28, 2012
    Ruth
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Since I did not receive a review copy, I will say that I do have some concerns. - Still, the book IS a very good read.

    Bethany Hs. may be a "Christian" publisher, but in the past I have found that doesn't seem to mean too much. So the missing witness or stronger mention of faith is not so big a deal.

    My concern is with the language in anything written by or for Christians. Pg. 62 has a totally superfluous description. Whether the author himself or the editor(s) are responsible - sorry, that lost the fifth star.

    Another reviewer already mentioned Erin's absence at the bank. I wonder how the SUV turned into a sedan. (: )

    Not to spoil things but the last couple of sentences in the book seem to indicate another book? I hope so.
  3. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Book Was OK
    October 10, 2012
    rkokes
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Book Summary: This courtroom drama centers around Erin Larson-who recently lost her estranged father. As she goes through his estate, she finds a deposit slip made out to the local bank in the amount of ten million dollars. The bank claims the deposit slip is a fake, but determined to find out more about her father's life, she hires an attorney to investigate. Threats, lies, and rumors not only threaten Erin's life, but drive multiple attorneys and investigators away.

    Finally, she finds an attorney that is willing to take on the case no matter the cost-Jared Neaton. Together, they, along with Jared's assistant and friends, work to piece together what happened-and determine once and for all the truth about the deposit slip.

    My Take: You know, I love a good courtroom drama, but I have to admit, I was quite disappointed with this one. I thought the idea was good, and I liked the characters (both the good, and the bad ones), but the pace of the book wasn't great. The first 300 pages focused on how impossible the case was-to the point that I was getting bored, and really just wanted to get to what was going to happen! Finally, things started to happen, and it was almost like an afterthought to the rest of the story. It seemed a quick summary to try and tie things up super fast and be done. I would have loved to have had that part of the book drawn out a little more and taken more time to get to the conclusion. Also, for being a courtroom drama (at least that was what I thought it would be), there was very little time actually spent in the courtroom, which was kind of a bummer for me too.

    So, my bottom line for this book-good story idea, good characters-but kind of a snoozer until after page 300. Maybe skip this one.

    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House for my unbiased opinion.
  4. Chesapeake, VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Book
    September 15, 2012
    LETHER
    Chesapeake, VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    I found this book to be captivating from beginning to end. Never boring, the suspense only gets better from chapter to chapter. The author did a great job creating this story. The unexpected always presents its self. As more and more people become involved in uncovering the mystery behind the deposit slip and the efforts to maintain secrecy, the more dangerous it becomes, and an attorney who fights until the end. Even though he is at a financial disadvantage, overwhelmed by the large amount of documents received for review, yet, he has the determination to keep moving forward. Desperation and hardship leads to unfavorable results for one character in particular. I enjoyed reading this book at times becoming very anxious about the mystery behind the millions and it was not as I anticipated. As I mentioned earlier, the unexpected always presents its self and I am a bit confused about how Paul Larson was paid such a large sum. Overall, great book. Thanks Bethany House Publishing for allowing me to review this book at no charge.
  5. Lafayette, Indiana
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good not Great
    September 12, 2012
    Vicky
    Lafayette, Indiana
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Ten million dollars is missing after Erin Larson's fathers death. As she searches his deposit box at the bank, she finds a worn and tattered deposit slip saying he deposited that money in the bank. The bank has no record-now what. That is the storyline from a new book by Todd Johnson.

    Erin has hired lawyers in the past to help, but of no avail. She hires Jared Neaton who really wants to help but wants the money more. He is up against a shady law firm who is making Jared's life and work extremely hard. He wants to help Erin, but he could lose everything or he could gain a lot of money. As he digs deeper he discovers something very dangerous and the people who want this to never come to trial are making threats to both Jared and Erin.

    I found this a very good legal thriller, especially since the author is a lawyer. The storyline kept my interest, but one thing bothered me. Bethany is a Christian publisher and I found very little Christian emphasis or God working in their lives and that is what keeps me reading Christian fiction. Otherwise, this is a well written book.

    Thank you Bethany Publishers for sending me this book free just for my honest opinion.
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