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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 Bric Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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

  • “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.”


  • “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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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