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The First Counsel
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Massive US bestselling thriller, compared to Grisham by reviewers and readers.

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Brad Meltzer wrote his first novel while completing law school and writing for the notoriously demanding Law Review, and managed to remain one of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Cori, who was his childhood sweetheart and is also a lawyer.

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With his third thriller (after The Tenth Justice and Dead Even), Meltzer has concocted another winner. While on a date with the President's daughter, White House attorney Michael Garrick believes he may have stumbled onto a blackmail scheme involving his direct supervisor. All is not what it appears in this tale of deception and cover-ups, however, and the plot intensifies as Garrick's search for the truth quickly entangles him in a murder investigation as the prime suspect. As is common in his work, Meltzer shows how easily solvable problems can become insurmountable when trust among colleagues and friends yields to suspicion and doubt. One might quibble that Garrick's romantic interest in the First Daughter is distracting and difficult to fathom, given her unseemly behavior, but otherwise, this is an engrossing and suspenseful novel that allows the reader to glimpse life inside the White House. For all public libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/00.]DJeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

'Breakneck... an action-packed read' Mail on Sunday on Dead Even; 'Gets the blood pumping' New York Times on Dead Even; 'Grisham had better beware, for there's a new kid on the block. In the Tenth Justice young Brad Meltzer - all of 26 - has formulated a thriller that fairly crackles, having pace, confidence and velocity-charged story-telling' The Irish Times on The Tenth Justice; 'Legal mega-thriller which plumbs the dark depths of deceit, greed and treachery' The Northern Echo; 'A thriller to rival Grisham' Peterborough Evening Telegraph

A man faces a lot of pressure when dating the first daughter of the U.S., especially if she is sexy, rebellious and maybe a little bit crazy like Nora Hartson. But young White House lawyer Michael Garrick thinks he is up to the task. Their first date begins with a wild car chase to shake off Nora's ever-present Secret Service tail and ends when Nora and Michael see something they were never meant to see something that will put Michael's career, and his life, in danger. As witnesses to an ever-widening conspiracy, Michael and Nora find themselves tangled in a web of intrigue and under suspicion for murder. As the pressure increases, Nora makes herself scarce; when she does surface, she seems even more vulnerable and crazed, leaving Michael to decide if she is, in fact, part of the conspiracy or, like him, a victim of it. As he tries to make sense of the trap surrounding him, he finds himself not knowing whom, if anyone, to trust. Sweeney's reading is the perfect match for Meltzer's fast-paced and witty writing. With a raspy voice reminiscent of a young Martin Sheen, Sweeney brings to life Michael's anxious cockiness in a palpable manner. Simultaneous release with the Warner hardcover (Forecasts, Nov. 6, 2000). (Jan.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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