The Tenth Justice Author:Brad Meltzer Fresh from Yale Law, Ben Addison is a new clerk for one of the Supreme Court's most respected justices. Along with his co-clerk Lisa, Ben represents the best of the fledgling legal community: sharp, perfectionistic, and painstakingly conscientious - but just as green. So when he inadvertently reveals the confidential outcome of an upcoming Court... more » decision, and one of the parties to the case makes millions, Ben starts to sweat. Big time. Ben confides in Lisa and turns to his D.C. housemates for help. They offer their insiders' access - Nathan works at the State Department, Eric reports for a Washington daily, and Ober is an assistant to a leading senator - to help outsnake the blackmailer who holds Ben's once-golden future hostage. But it's not long before these inseparable pals discover how dangerous their misuse of power can be. And when a suspicious leak develops from within their own circle, Ben and his friends find themselves pitted against each other in a battle of shifting alliances and fierce deceptions that strike to the weaknesses in their friendships, threaten to ruin their careers - and ultimately may cost them their lives.« less
The author committed what I consider an unpardonable sin. He withholds what the viewpoint characters know in order to ratchet up the tension and mystery. In my view, that's a cheat. I won't be reading anything further by Mr. Meltzer.
It took me a 151 pages to realize that I was not interested in this book. It just droned on and on but did nothing to capture you. Maybe the rest picked up but I decided that I had spent enough time on this read and it was over for me.