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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,671 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brad Meltzer Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781600244803
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Prosecution vs. defense. Husband vs. wife. Life or death.

In his New York Times runaway bestseller The Tenth Justice, Brad Meltzer asked the insidious question: how much can you really trust your friends? Now he ups the tension, and the ante, in a new legal thriller that poses the most chilling dilemma of all.

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 begins a vicious battle in court and at home, for Sara, too, has a terrible secret, and both soon face an unthinkable truth: no matter who wins, the other may die.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Meltzer’s characters and dialogue are crisp and dead-on…Meltzer is so good at tapping into the yuppie psyches of Sara and Jared, their psychological game of cat and mouse, and the chilling office politics, that the book…races along like a great beach read.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • Dead Even is truly gripping. Brad Meltzer has created characters that are realistic enough to be believable, but quirky enough to be captivating…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.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Meltzer follows up his bestselling The Tenth Justice with this sleek, suspenseful, only slightly unbelievable story about two young New York lawyers in love and in danger…A compelling tale of legal and extralegal adventure.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Meltzer is…a vibrant and straightforward storyteller, bringing a fresh, young approach to the legal-thriller genre…Flush with interesting characters, this is an easy, fast-paced read.”

    Booklist

  • “Dark humor, legal action like Grisham, and nail-biting suspense make this a thriller in the true sense of the word. Meltzer gives the reader well-rounded characters; demonizing neither prosecution nor defense, he shows both as human beings doing a job.”

    Library Journal

  • A USA Today bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 2/15/2014

    " Fantastic book....it is a long book, but it is a page turner! :) Great! Very well written! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beve | 2/11/2014

    " Could not put it down.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia Hoige | 2/11/2014

    " It was my favorite of Brad Meltzer's so far. I liked the idea of the husband wife attorneys against each other in trial. I Highly recommend it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Craig B | 2/8/2014

    " I listened to the audiobook. The story itself is below average, uninteresting and on top of that Scott Brick's reading style is sloow and overly dramatic in almost every sentence. So imagine listening to it for over 11 hours. He killed my future interest to read other books by Brad Melzer. Or audiobooks read by him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvonne | 2/7/2014

    " Picked this book up at the library and it did not disappoint. I wanted a quick read with a good story. This legal thriller led you on a ride that had you guessing until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis | 1/29/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. It may have been a little longer than necessary but an easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zawani | 1/19/2014

    " extremely the best.well, this book is kinda real book. i mean the story didnt go much for fantasy. its the reality events happened to a couple of attorney, Sara n Jared. the conflict began when Sara start the 1st day ho worked as a D.A., he stale a case pointed to another attorney that ruined her days afterward. Sara n Jared had to go against each other. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 1/15/2014

    " Fast paced, easy to read, with great plot as expected from Brad Meltzer's judicial novels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 LikeTheDog | 1/15/2014

    " Completely implausible and too long, but the writing was pretty good. Some really good descriptions of New York and interesting details about the workings of the district attorney's office. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaymie-Rose | 1/7/2014

    " Pretty good! I don't know about the ending though... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Warden | 12/10/2013

    " Another great thriller by Brad Meltzer. Maybe other people have more luck in trying to guess who is good and who is bad, but every time I think I have the bad guys figured out, I've been wrong. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bev watts | 12/1/2013

    " Absolutely horrible book. The rules of law and ethics were ignored. Blind hunches solved the crime. Hated it. I was glad I got it from the library rather than buying it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly Nielsen | 11/18/2013

    " Not my favorite of his, but a good thriller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet Dahl | 11/15/2013

    " I enjoy reading Brad Meltzer's books. The story line in this book really drew me right in. It was hard for me to put the book down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 11/6/2013

    " Bad title, good vacation read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 8/26/2013

    " A quick read. My first exposure to Meltzer. Decent plot twists, although he lost me in a couple of places, including when he kills off a central character; interesting characters, scary villains. It's all there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Drew | 6/5/2013

    " Another excellent legal thriller from Brad Meltzer! Please Brad go back to writing these!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Khyma | 4/23/2013

    " I have read this novel years back..i'm trying to remember the story line just started few chapters yet... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill Brown | 12/2/2012

    " Loved this book. The twists and turns keep you guessing on what is going to happen next "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 11/20/2012

    " an interesting mystery "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 8/7/2012

    " Action legal thriller. Husband vs wife. Would make a good movie. As good as any Grisham novel I have read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 7/19/2012

    " Didn't like it at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 7/11/2012

    " Entertaining. A lot of silly banter. Overall, a decent court thriller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlie Hertel | 7/9/2012

    " Classic Brad Meltzer. Hard to put down, fast paced and surprises all along the way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 3/12/2012

    " Another great Brad Meltzer mystery. The husband-wife story line is amazing. You can't help picking sides but still rooting for them to be together. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 david | 11/15/2011

    " this was the second meltzer book that i read...it might be my last. a very lame and predictable ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jkrenik | 7/26/2011

    " Another good read from Meltzer. In a similar style to his Tenth Justice, it is a book of conflicts among his friends and associates. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 6/20/2011

    " This was a great idea, but poorly executed... I found that I was horribly frustrated with both protagonists- At one point I even said "enough already" out loud... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anna | 6/16/2011

    " Horrible. I listened to this book. The narrator was terrible. The prose was elementary at best and just soooooo.... fake. The plot was predictable. I kept waiting for the suspense, but it never happened. I was very disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cmm08 | 5/21/2011

    " i think that was a good story. but it bores me at the end...i don't know why.. (laughs)
    trust plays a big role. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anandh | 5/17/2011

    " Novel plot but the writing quality was quite poor. Also, the predictable end did not make this any better. The mystery elements in between make this quite readable, but not up there with the other top legal fiction books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christy | 4/19/2011

    " I've been really disappointed in his last two books. This was better than the last, but still not great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 3/29/2011

    " I enjoy reading Brad Meltzer's books. The story line in this book really drew me right in. It was hard for me to put the book down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 3/6/2011

    " The wife's a new assistant DA, the husband's a defense lawyer, and she ends up prosecuting one of his clients. Some really despicable characters in this one, along with plenty of action. I'd give it 5 stars but the dialogue gets a bit hokey at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 1/18/2011

    " It was my favorite of Brad Meltzer's so far. I liked the idea of the husband wife attorneys against each other in trial. I Highly recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 12/2/2010

    " Not my favorite of his, but a good thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 12/1/2010

    " Great read!! Well done, Mr. Meltzer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 11/13/2010

    " Another great thriller by Brad Meltzer. Maybe other people have more luck in trying to guess who is good and who is bad, but every time I think I have the bad guys figured out, I've been wrong. "

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About the Author
Author Brad Meltzer

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous thrillers, including The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Zero Game, The Book of Fate, and The Book of Lies. He is also the number one bestselling author of the critically acclaimed comic books Identity Crisis and Justice League of America and is the cocreator of the TV series Jack & Bobby. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School, he currently lives in Florida.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.