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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,461 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: 9781600244797
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A conscientious Supreme Court clerk.

The young Washington professionals who share a house.

A minor slip-up.

A major thriller.

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 fledging 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 up 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 out-snake 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 may ultimately cost them their lives.

Where does loyalty end?

Where does greed begin?

And how much can you really trust your friends?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Told with a flair that belies the author’s youth, the plot dips and turns…Thoroughly enjoyable…The plot is inventive, and Meltzer has a good ear for dialogue. His writing style is fresh, and the care he devoted to his craft is apparent throughout.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • Brad Meltzer is one of my favorite writers to narrate, primarily because when we're recording, it feels like he's there in the studio with me. Not just because his books are usually written in the first person and dynamically voiced, but because Brad was the first author to show me just how much he cares about the audio versions of their work. Scott Brick
  • Brad Meltzer's latest entry to the NYT Bestsellers list sounds as good as it looks, thanks in large part to Scott Brick, who brings a sense of urgency to the characters. Wes Holloway is scarred in body and soul after the failed assassination of his boss, the President of the United States. Brick brings out the humanity of Meltzer's hero, who isn't a superman who laughs in the face of death, but a regular guy. You can hear his confusion when he sees a friend he thought was dead and his fear when he learns that the man who scarred him is back for a second try. And no one does icy villains like Brick. Better allow some extra drive time--you won't want to turn this off." Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award

    --AudioFile Magazine, on Book of Fate
  • “Fast-paced…A quick and intriguing ride, full of blind alleys and hints of betrayal among friends…The Tenth Justice, with its youthful dialogue and carefully developed characters, refreshingly breaks the mold of legal thrillers.”

    USA Today

  • “The action spirals to the highest reaches of influence peddling and insider trading…The behind-the-scenes glimpse into our highest court is fascinating.”

    Newsday

  • “In The Tenth Justice, young Brad Meltzer has formulated a thriller that fairly crackles, having pace, confidence, and velocity-charged storytelling.”

    Irish Times

  • “Completely absorbing.”

    Scientific American

  • “Meltzer’s debut novel is a crafty legal thriller set in Washington, DC…Meltzer moves the story along at a crisp pace, spicing the action and legalese with lively banter and intriguing DC arcana. Meltzer’s shadow-filled world will entertain…readers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A witty, almost violence-free, fresh, and satisfying page-turner.”

    Booklist

  • “A barn-burning first novel…Meltzer spins a mean paranoid fantasy that’ll have you turning pages in a frenzy.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris Holland | 2/18/2014

    " This was a tough read for me. I knew that there would be twists. In a well developed novel, I believe the story where it is and then get to the twist. Here, I felt I needed to suspend all belief in what I was reading and wait to see what was really happening. Additionally, I never really felt like I got to know the characters well enough, adding to the suspension of belief. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/26/2014

    " New author for me. Came up as someone compared to Grisham and that's probably pretty close, though Grisham tends to throw some dry humor in and I didn't really see that here. Pretty good book overall, though. Good characters, good plot. The only odd thing was usually I kind of miss the characters at the end of a book, but in this case I was ready for it to be done. Not sure why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 1/22/2014

    " Brad Melzter has a unique way of staying simple in his plot, but keeping the reader interested in all that the story has to offer. Crazy twists and turns do not have to be extravagant, as Meltzer so wittingly shows us in his first novel. There is no doubt that Meltzer did his research on every aspect of this story as the details about the characters lives drip with reality that, in my mind, remain unquestioned. For a political thriller, it delivers in a quick read that makes the reader *want* to continue reading to figure out just what is *really* going on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Didi | 1/17/2014

    " You can't stop wondering till the end of this book... as a debut, Tenth Just is just awesome... Grab it and read it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KungFu Drafter | 1/12/2014

    " A fun and interesting read. The main character is not terribly likable, but I think that was the intent. Being as this was Meltzer's first book there are some rough edges but overall definitely worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 1/7/2014

    " This book was a lot of fun. I found myself laughing, while completely drawn into the suspense. Brad Meltzer has easily become one of my new favorite author's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gilles | 1/4/2014

    " Absolute page turner. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ahk | 1/3/2014

    " So bad. Pigs don't sweat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lara | 12/8/2013

    " Engaging thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cris | 12/3/2013

    " Meltzer's first novel is by far his best.. if you like early Grishman (Time to Kill, Pelican Brief), you will enjoy this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynda | 12/3/2013

    " I couldn't put this down......it kept me on my toes the entire time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/24/2013

    " My favorite book - ever. A must read for anyone who enjoys legal thrillers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K1d2 | 9/14/2013

    " A fast-paced legal thriller. Hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carey | 9/5/2013

    " I read this a long time ago, but if memory serves, I really liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 8/9/2013

    " Pretty good book for those fans of Grisham. A new Supreme Court clerk gets tricked into disclosing the decision on a case with big economic implications. He tries to find out who it was that tricked him, and at the same time getting coerced into giving out more decisions. Definitely worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 4/25/2013

    " I really enjoyed reading this story and I laughed my butt off at some of the witty comments and scenes. I read somewhere that Meltzer is like a young Grisham, and maybe even better, and I agree. I liked that it kept me guessing and that it was so over the top that I just had to see how it ended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 12/6/2012

    " This is a great book if you like a lot of twists. I didn't have it figured out until the very end!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/6/2012

    " I thought the story was interesting but the writing was weird. There wasn't any one person in the story telling the story so there was a lot of Ben said, Lisa said that made it very wordy. I'll try another one of his books but if they are the same I'll probably move on to someone else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 5/23/2012

    " Fast-paced and gripping. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 5/9/2012

    " Fast-paced, a bit over to top at the end. Lots of humor and voice reflected in the amusing 20-something dialogue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee Ann | 4/20/2012

    " Nice mystery with lots of clues that lead you in the wrong direction. I enjoyed the descriptions of what happens in the Supreme Court. It was a great airplane read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rusk Dorsett | 2/26/2012

    " I was introduced to Brad through his comic books...most noticeably :Identity Crises". I also enjoy his TV show "Decoded", it's a great guilty pleasure. This was his first novel...and a very fun legal thriller. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Philip Porter | 1/12/2012

    " I did not find the characters believable or the dialogue authentic. They actually became a block to my suspended disbelief. I thought - no way would x do y or say z... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana "DWJ" | 12/24/2011

    " Interesting book, quick read. Weird ending that I wasn't anticipating. Still digesting this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zach | 11/11/2011

    " If you enjoy legal thrillers, you won't be able to put this book down. The character and plot development are fused into the very first pages, and you never get to relax until you reach the last page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jared | 10/3/2011

    " Only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is the language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvonne | 6/30/2011

    " Another fast paced thriller tied to the Supreme Court. Great to read after several heavy duty reads. Read a paperback copy I found on paperback swap. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 6/27/2011

    " Intriguing story for a first-time author. Sometimes the decisions of the protagonist are a little quirky which prevented me from giving this 5 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 5/14/2011

    " So smart yet so dumb! Ben's character was said to be intelligent but he seemed to lack the ability to think logically under pressure. Ultimately his ego got the best of him. Aside from his flaws, I found the book enjoyable. The author did a great job keeping me wondering how it was going to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 4/21/2011

    " It was a page turner. Kept me reading. Plot twists and unexpected turns. I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon | 4/10/2011

    " The plot was well done, the writing was easy to read, its fast paced and enjoyable. I was satisfied with the book overall. It was a fun read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jared | 4/7/2011

    " Only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is the language. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 4/4/2011

    " I enjoyed the book, now I going to have read the rest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anandh | 3/26/2011

    " Amazing book. Filled with suspense and thrill till the very last end..amazing climax. A must read for legal fiction(and actually any kind of fiction) fans! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 3/9/2011

    " Conspiracy, betrayal, and intrigue develop within the Supreme Court in this Meltzer thriller. It's a psychological game in which the protagonist must question who to trust at every turn. Friends become enemies, the hunter becomes the hunted, co-workers become lovers. This novel has it all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 2/28/2011

    " This mystery was spiked with humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rusk | 2/15/2011

    " I was introduced to Brad through his comic books...most noticeably :Identity Crises". I also enjoy his TV show "Decoded", it's a great guilty pleasure. This was his first novel...and a very fun legal thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 2/10/2011

    " Very suspenseful, a real page turner. I got totally wrapped up with the characters. "

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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.