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The Defendants: A New Thriller (Thaddeus Murfee Legal Thriller Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
He's a frightened lawyer who's newly graduated from law school, and she's an Army Silver Star winner from Iraq. He teaches her about the law. She teaches him how to make war...
A high-profile murder defendant comes into the office. Thaddeus is stunned by the story she tells. There's nothing like this in law school. He remembers his lawyer's oath to do everything he can to help. But then he loses huge the first time he goes to court, and the district attorney runs rings around him. Paralegal Christine, a retired Army squad leader who knows all about fighting, watches the district attorney dismantle Thaddeus. She can't stand what she's witnessing, so Christine steps up and teaches him how to go toe-to-toe with bullies. Then a hitman comes to town. Christine drives Thaddeus to the shooting range, where she teaches him to stay alive. Again he returns to court, this time ready for war.
If you like John Grisham's Jake Brigance, Michael Connolly's Mickey Haller, and Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne, you'll love Thaddeus Murfee. So scroll to the top of this page and click to buy, where you'll join 3 million other readers who've already met Thaddeus and Christine and gone on to read the rest of their 15 books. See what happens when feelings develop. Grab The Defendants today and lose yourself in this exciting series.
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Thaddeus Murfee is the lawyer who sues the mob and wins their casino. After that, it's jet airplanes, ranches and surf, and clients in trouble. But still, the kind of guy who would rather get it right than make it rich.
|Beyond a Reasonable Death||Attorney At Large||Chase, the Bad Baby||Defending Turquoise||The Mental Case|
|Thematics||Mob, Justice, Revenge||Long Lost Sibling, Murder, Bloodthirsty Mob||Corrupt Hospital, Malpractice, Coverup||Redemption, Freedom||Missing, Sanity, Truth|
|Series||Thaddeus Murfee - Book 2||Thaddeus Murfee - Book 3||Thaddeus Murfee - Book 4||Thaddeus Murfee - Book 5||Thaddeus Murfee - Book 6|
|The Girl Who Wrote the New York Times Bestseller||The Trial Lawyer||The Near Death Experience||Flagstaff Station||The Crime|
|Thematic Elements||Relentless Journalist, Esteemed Lawyer, Skyjacked to Moscow||Drunk Driver, Scandalous Wife, District Attorney With a Vendetta||Near Death Experience, Skepticism, Believing the Unbelievable||FBI Chase, Trial on the Reservation, Sudden Death||Whodunit, Two Trials, Death Penalty|
|Series||Thaddeus Murfee - Book 7||Thaddeus Murfee - Book 8||Thaddeus Murfee - Book 9||Thaddeus Murfee - Book 10||Thaddeus Murfee - Book 11|
|La Jolla||The Post Office||The Contract Lawyer||RICO Rocky||Full Metal Jury|
|Thematic Elements||Boy Band, California Beach Murder, Tech Billionaire||Right to Die, Deadly Past, Campfire||Man on a Mission, Human Trafficking, Lost in a Jungle||Corruption, Rogue Cops,||Run For the Border, Embezzlement, Murder He Wrote|
|Series||Thaddeus Murfee - Book 12||Thaddeus Murfee - Book 13||Thaddeus Murfee - Book 14||Thaddeus Murfee - Book 15||Thaddeus Murfee - Book 16|
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Shortly afterward, Victor is found shot dead, and Ermaline, though liked and trusted in the town, has after all a towering motive. She is arrested and jailed, and asks Thad to defend her. The rest of the narrative deals with all the legal maneuvers associated with courtroom drama, but is enlivened by the fact that Thad barely knows what he is doing, being only a few months out of law school. As a result, he needs a lot of help, much of which comes from Christine, his secretary. She is an Iraq war veteran, with considerable dark-side judicial experience she can’t discuss. Further, when Thad agrees to defend Ermaline, he becomes a threat to the Mob, and justifiably goes in fear of his life.
The book is a good introduction to what became a successful series. Mr. Ellsworth is an experienced writer, so the words go down smoothly. Read it; you’ll like it.
Thaddeus is struggling in his new home of Orbit, IL. All the lawyers there are, because the uptick from The Great Recession has not yet hit this very small town in a very small county in Illinois.
Thaddeus, however, has made trustworthy friends. And when a well-known and liked young woman suffers a horrible injury, one of those good friends sends her to Thaddeus.
And the book is off to the races. His experience as an Assistant United States District Attorney (see book one) stands him in no better shape than any other wet behind the ears lawyer.
Thaddeus does have one secret weapon - his paralegal, Christine. She had served in the United States Army. Two tours in Iraq, one in Germany. The first two as an MP, the third and last as a paralegal - trained by her time in the JAG Corps.
Between the two of them, this is an exciting legal thriller, shaking up lives across the the state. There's even a FISA Warrant involved, which is incredibly interesting in today's political environment.
This is another unputdownable book by Mr. Ellsworth. The characters are fully shaped, without a single extra word, the narrative is taut and exciting. There nothing superfluous, but time is given for Thaddeus to have a life outside of the practice of law.
Enjoyable to the last word.
One side note: the joke herein has the incorrect punchline. "Your Honor."
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I have three criticisms; Firstly the text is written in American slang/grammar. You would expect the speech to be written that way but not the prose. Sometimes I had to read a sentence three times to understand it. Very annoying. Secondly it was not edited properly, we had the District Attorney referring to the defendant as "my client" and a witness looking at the dead man in the witness box (because the wrong name was used). Lastly, is it really feasible that this lawyer, young and green though he is, to need his secretary to tell him how to run the case or file a subpoena?
It drags along with pages of irrelevant detail and then it all starts to happen at around 82% in.
I would certainly recommend this book, and look forward to the next in the series.
My one complaint (and it may be the fault of my Kindle) is that the text is in a typewriter typeface (all letters the same width) which I could not change,and which does not add to one's reading pleasure.