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.
Quick and witty, good plot too. 5 friends, among the brightest in Washington. One of them accidently reveals the secret outcome of an upcoming supreme court decision. A blackmailer makes millions and thus the beginning of a roller coaster ride for the 5 friends.
A conscientious supreme court clerk, the professionals who share his house, a minor slip up . . . Ben Addison is a new clerk for one of the Supreme Court's most respected justices, but when he accidentally reveals the secret outcome of an upcoming decision, a blackmailer makes millions, and Ben's life and career is on the line. This book is fast paced, engrossing, well written, a perfect beach read, but thrilling with good dialogue and lots of surprises.
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.
I am a Brad Meltzer fan, but this was not one of his best. I found the main character, Ben, to be extremely annoying; his actions were more like a 12 year old rather than a Supreme Court Clerk. The storyline was pretty far-fetched and I was happy when the book ended.
Ben Addison, is fresh from Yale Law school and is a new clerk for one of the Supreme Court's most respected justices... But when he accidentally reveals the secret outcome of an upcoming decision, a blackmailer makes millions and Ben starts to sweat... big time! He turns to his co-clerk, Lisa, and his housemates, Nathan and Eric and Ober for help. As Washington's best and brightest, they offer coveted insider access to the State Department, a major Washington newspaper, and the Senate. BUT before they realize it, their careers, and their very lives, are on the line !! An exciting read !!!
FROM THE PUBLISHER
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 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 coveted 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, even when accompanied by the very best of intentions. 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 strikes to the weaknesses in their friendships, threatens to ruin their careers - and ultimately may cost them their lives.