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When attorney Ian Wells is hired to determine whether three men qualify for a nine million dollar trust, he discovers the fund is linked to a decades-old art heist. As stolen money from the theft surfaces, Ian becomes the target of a criminal investigation. Can he clear his name before he loses his life? 384 pages, softcover from Bethany.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764212354
ISBN-13: 9780764212352

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Riveting Legal Suspense from Lawyer Todd M. Johnson

Ian Wells is a young criminal defense attorney struggling to build a Minneapolis law practice he inherited from his father while caring for a mother with Alzheimer's. Nearly at the breaking point, everything changes for Ian when a new client offers a simple case: determine whether three men qualify for over nine million dollars of trust funds. To qualify, none can have been involved in criminal activity for the past twenty years. Ian's fee for a week's work: the unbelievable sum of two hundred thousand dollars.

Ian warily accepts the job--but is quickly dragged deep into a mystery linking the trust with a decades-old criminal enterprise and the greatest unsolved art theft in Minnesota history. As stolen money from the art theft surfaces, Ian finds himself the target of a criminal investigation by Brook Daniels, a prosecutor who is also his closest law school friend. He realizes too late that this simple investigation has spun out of control and now threatens his career, his future, and his life.

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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 has also taught for two years as an adjunct professor of international law and served as a U.S. diplomat in Hong Kong. He is the author of The Deposit Slip and lives outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife and daughter. He can be found online at www.authortoddjohnson.com.

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  1. Kris
    Fairfax, VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Clean suspenseful novel
    August 14, 2017
    Kris
    Fairfax, VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book had more twists and turns than a roller coaster! Seriously, several times I had to go back and reread different parts because I wondered how I had missed certain things!

    The novel begins with a scene from the end of the book so from the get go the reader is wondering how mild Ian Connor could end up in a scene like that! And then the author unravels the story, with bits from the past, and dreams, and even from the view points of different characters. What a suspenseful novel with hit men, armed robberies, shootings, etc.

    I liked how this book was a clean suspenseful novel no profanity or sex. But I will say I was expecting there to be some mention of God, since the publisher is Bethany House, but I did not find any. I do highly recommend Fatal Trust as a clean, suspenseful legal thriller but wouldnt say it is Christian Fiction. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I am freely writing a review - all thoughts and opinions are my own.
  2. Reenie
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    loved this book!
    August 13, 2017
    Reenie
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I really enjoyed this book. I love suspense. I watch lots of crime shows. I love action. This book had it all and was placed in my home city, to boot. It was fun reading about places and suburbs and streets I know.

    Ian's week started out pretty bleak and it got worse and worse and worse. Soon everything is imploding around him and he wonders if he'll make it out alive. There are several twists and turns that keep the tension high. When questions come up that only his mom with alzheimers can answer, things get even more difficult.

    This is a hard book to put down. Things don't let up but build in a steady, tense progression right up until the end. Johnson's background as a lawyer shows in the authenticity of the book. I would highly recommend it.

    Thank you to Bethany House for providing me with a free e-copy of this book. I was not required to leave a review. All opinions are my own.
  3. The Modest Maiden
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved this Book =)
    August 13, 2017
    The Modest Maiden
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I pretty much loved this book.

    Todd Johnson has been my favorite legal thriller author since I read his first book ("The Deposit Slip") a few years back, and I've devoured every one that he's written since. That being said, I do believe that "Fatal Trust" is arguably his best novel to date.

    The story was filled with plot twists that kept me turning pages - a few were predictable, but by the end of the book I was left amazed at the skill that the author used in really weaving this story together. Even events and characters that seemed insignificant all turned out to be vital to the plot and story line - I was completely blindsided during the last couple of chapters (but I won't give anything away ;)! There were a couple of parts that I needed to read back over in order to fully understand, but I think a little healthy confusion is to be expected when it comes to mysteries.

    I also enjoy the way that Todd Johnson uses his adjectives - he really paints word pictures for his readers. It makes it so much easier to *really* experience the story when the author takes the time to bring the characters, locations, and events to life. And he did an awesome job with that! One of the things that I really appreciated about this book is the relationship that Ian Wells has with his mother. He is always looking out for her, protecting her, and selflessly taking care of her, even when it means making some personal sacrifices. The romance aspect of the story was very low-key. Personally, I would have liked to have seen more of a ...permanent... resolution in Brook and Ian's relationship.

    The only part of "Fatal Trust" that disappointed me was the lack of a genuine Christian message. I mean, it was a "clean" novel, and you could fish morals and virtues out of the story line for sure, but the Gospel was noticeably absent. I probably wouldn't call it a "Christian" book, per say. Still, it was definitely a well written page turner, and I would have no problem recommending it to other thriller enthusiasts.

    *I recieved a complimentary copy of this book for posting this review. I did not have to enjoy or endorse the book.*
  4. joyful334209
    FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Trust in JESUS
    August 7, 2017
    joyful334209
    FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Fatal Trust - eBook.
    Fatal Trust is abundant in mystery, suspense, action and a wee bit of romance. It is eye-splitting in gut-wrenching thrills and chills in this book - the characters are daring, dashing, cheeky, bewildering, embellishing and emotional. They bring out the best in each other. Ian is caught up in a corner mystery He took over his father's practice after his father's passing - he has made it from wills and trusts to criminal defense - now - you think the mystery and suspense all started when he took on a criminal case right:???? Wrong!!!! It was when he took on a trusts case - How do you get into a trust case since you have only criminal cases - awesome question - MoooolAAAAHhhh - Money - his Mother is deteriorating because of her Alzheimer's - so this case - the more he delves into it - the more dangerous it becomes for him - there is a trust, murder, theft, do I need to go on - because I could - I really could? There are so many bends and turns in this one - punches in the guts - like his parents have some secrets - some serious crap man - then more gut wrenching bends and bows - this poor guy - you have no idea - you will get thrills and chills - and along with all of this there is get this - the best part - romance -- yay - romance - maybe - with Brooke (she makes him feels safe) - you have to read and find out - will his Mom make it? what is that gut wrenching secret? Will he make it through alive? if he does what does he come out on the other side to? What all is going on here? I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this review are all my own.
  5. joyful334209
    FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Trust in JESUS
    August 7, 2017
    joyful334209
    FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Fatal Trust is abundant in mystery, suspense, action and a wee bit of romance. It is eye-splitting in gut-wrenching thrills and chills in this book - the characters are daring, dashing, cheeky, bewildering, embellishing and emotional. They bring out the best in each other. Ian is caught up in a corner mystery He took over his father's practice after his father's passing - he has made it from wills and trusts to criminal defense - now - you think the mystery and suspense all started when he took on a criminal case right:???? Wrong!!!! It was when he took on a trusts case - How do you get into a trust case since you have only criminal cases - awesome question - MoooolAAAAHhhh - Money - his Mother is deteriorating because of her Alzheimer's - so this case - the more he delves into it - the more dangerous it becomes for him - there is a trust, murder, theft, do I need to go on - because I could - I really could? There are so many bends and turns in this one - punches in the guts - like his parents have some secrets - some serious crap man - then more gut wrenching bends and bows - this poor guy - you have no idea - you will get thrills and chills - and along with all of this there is get this - the best part - romance -- yay - romance - maybe - with Brooke (she makes him feels safe) - you have to read and find out - will his Mom make it? what is that gut wrenching secret? Will he make it through alive? if he does what does he come out on the other side to? What all is going on here? I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this review are all my own.
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