Book Reviews of Dead Even

Dead Even
Dead Even
Author: Brad Meltzer
ISBN-13: 9780446607339
ISBN-10: 0446607339
Publication Date: 3/1/1999
Pages: 544
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 167 ratings
Publisher: Warner Vision
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
Move over, John Grisham! Brad Meltzer is my new favorite! I loved what the Chicago Tribune had to say about it: "A gem of a plot ... so strong ... breezes along in high gear. Highly recommended!" I couldn't have said it better!
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Helpful Score: 2
I loved the premise of the book...husband and wife pitted against each other racing against time, each with a desperate secret. A book filled with great suspense, wonderful witty dialogue, great character development, and enough suspense to keep you turning the pages long after your bedtime. Enjoy!
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Helpful Score: 2
Brad Meltzer has a writing style similar to John Grisham. Although not a literary genius, he can craft a good story with alot of intrique, suspense and some simplistic action scenes. This book is one of his better works because it really tackles the tension of a married couple forced to take different sides on a high profile court case.
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Helpful Score: 1
wow - this was really a great book! can't wait to read his others!
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Helpful Score: 1
Great twists and turns. Quick read, fast paced.
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Helpful Score: 1
great suspense novel, keeps you reading to find out how things get solved. went back many times to reread sections because I knew it was important. ended better than I thought.
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Helpful Score: 1
Good book! Really kept me guessing. I'll definitely read more from this author.
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A legal thriller. Two brilliant atornies, man and wife, one on each side of a high profile case. "TERRIFIC . . . Reads like a Tracy-Hepburn movie . . . complete with cliffhangers at the end of every chapter and a truly scary ending." NEWSDAY
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Helpful Score: 1
I LOVED this book,
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Again an excellent book by Brad Meltzer. I love the way he pits the husband and wife against each other but makes it come out okay (sort of) in the end.
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I really enjoyed this one. A prosecuting attorney has a case, and her husband, a defense attorney gets hired as defense. Because of threats they are both doomed to stay on the case. Interesting plot twists, etc.
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Helpful Score: 1
Legal mystery...very good read.
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Helpful Score: 1
A fun, quick read. Brad Meltzer compares to Dan Brown or John Grisham in pacing and intrigue. Enjoy.
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This is an older Meltzer book dating back to the late 90's, but its definitely a story that could happen in the present.

Husband Jared is pitted against wife Sara in a battle in the courtroom, but the verdict not only effects the the defendant, but the couple as well. See, they have both been told that if they lose the case, their spouse will be killed. Neither knows that their spouse has been threatened in this way.

Both lawyers are very competitive and with this new incentive, they hold nothing back to win. They begin to question whether they can trust one another---or anyone else for that matter.

This is a great page turner and a highly recommended read.
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This book was a classic who done it til the end. I could have done without the language, etc, but otherwise I will be more than likely to pick up the next book in the series. I am glad I read the member reviews that led me to this find!
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This is probably my favorite Brad Meltzer book. The whole premise of a husband and wife going after each other as lawyers with the other's life in the balance if each lose is a thrilling premise and brought to life as only Brad can do.
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I thought this legal thriller was great. Well developed characters (none that you could really root for), face paced and truly impossible to determine exactly what was going to happen. I have always been a fan of Brad Meltzer, I am not sure why it took me this long to read this one, but I am glad that I did, it reminded me how much I enjoy his novels.
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Dead Even is truly gripping. Brad Meltzer has created characters that are realistic enough to be believable, but quirky enough to be captivating. The lawyers are especially determined and the criminals are especially sinister. Even more impressive than his characters is his don't-blink-or-you'll-miss-something plot, which grabs you on page one and doesn't let go until you close the cover. When reading Dead Even, you may find yourself holding your breath as you furiously turn the pages. It's a legal thriller that gives Grisham's books a run for their money
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4 cassettes, about 6 hours. A husband and wife both of whom a attorneys are placed in a perilous situation. Thne wife must prosecute a case and win or her husband will die and the husband, a defense attorney is threatened that if he does no not win the case his wife will be killed.
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This is the first of Meltzer's books that I have read. I will definitely be reading all of his others! Well written suspenseful story line, interesting characters, difficult to put down. An excellent read!
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Brad at his best.
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Fabulous read! The conflict that is set up between an wife and her husband, both attorneys for different sides is a wild ride! A must on anyone's TBR list!
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Meltzer's books are always exciting as well as interesting to solve the mystery.
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I JUST FINISHED READING THIS BOOK & HAVE TO SAY IT WAS FABULOUS! I AM NOT USUALLY FOND OF BOOKS ABOUT LAWYERS OR COURT CASES ......HOWEVER THIS BOOK IS NOT YOUR USUAL COURT
STORY! ONCE YOU START THIS BOOK YOU WILL FIND IT HARD TO SET IT DOWN WITHOUT FINDING OUT WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT........I FOUND THAT I WOULD STOP READING & TRY TO GET SOME HOUSEWORK DONE BUT THE STORY WAS STICKING IN MY HEAD MAKING ME GO RIGHT BACK & PICK UP THE BOOK & READ MORE!!!! I actually happen to know the author & was really
amazed at Brad's storyline for this book! He really knows how to keep the reader in suspense right up to the very last page of the book!!! If you love suspensful books then make sure you grab this one while you can......I promise you will not be sorry!!!
Kudos Brad for a wonderful book! Can't wait to read your new one!
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This legal thriller asks the question..."How much can you really trust your friends?" It pits husband vs. wife...prosecution vs. defense. An excellent read!!
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Sara Tate, a Manhattan assist. DA, is about to lose her job. But the case she nabs to secure her professionfuture is far more complicated and deadly than it first appears. While forces within the DA's office conspire against her, an outside threat looms larger: Win the case or her attorney husband, Jared, will die. But Jared has been threatened as well. Strong-armed into defending the opposition, he learns that Sara will be killed should he lose the case.
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This was a very good book! 529 pages. Sara Tate, Manhattan D.A., and her defense attorney husband, Jared, both are working on the same case...
Sara doesn't know that her husband has been told to get his client off,
or SHE will be killed! The couple begin a vicious battle in court, and one at home also where desperate motives are hidden. Sara, too, has a terrible secret... no matter who wins, the other may die! I give this 4 stars!
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This is a page turner, thriller, legal battle between husband and wife. Enjoyed it.
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This book is thrilling as you switch between the narrative of husband and wife as they both work to save each other's lives by fighting to win a case against the other. Each time one gets the leg up, you celebrate, but then realize it means disaster for the other.
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In my opinion, one of the best mystery writers right now. In his New York Times best seller The tenth Justice, Meltzer asked the question: How much can you really trust your friends? Now he ups the tension, and the ante, in a legal thriller that poses the most chilling dilemma of all....
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good read
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Sara Tate, Manhattan district attorney, has grabbed a case that could make her career. She's smart, tough, and sure to get a conviction...until Jared, her husband and a powerful defense attorney is hired by the other side. But Sara doesn't know Jared has been warned to get his client off or she will be killed. Hiding desperate motives, the couple begin a vicious battle in court and at home. For Sara has a terrible secret too...and both soon face an unthinkable truth: No matter who wins, the other may die.