Thursday, November 7, 2019

An Equal Justice
by Chad Zunker

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Pages: 217
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Inside a prestigious law firm, a rookie lawyer is pulled into a dark maze of lies and violence.
An ambitious Stanford graduate, David Adams has begun a fast-track career at Austin’s most prestigious law firm. It’s a personal victory for the rising superstar—a satisfying reversal from his impoverished and despairing childhood. Now he has the life he’s always wanted: an extravagant salary, a high-rise condo, a luxury SUV, and no limit to how far he can go in the eyes of the top partners.
But after the shocking suicide of a fellow associate—one who, in his final hours, offered David an ominous warning—he feels the pull of powerful forces behind the corporation’s enviable trappings. The suicide leads unexpectedly to David’s discovery of a secret enclave of the city’s homeless, where he can’t help but feel an affinity to these outcast souls. Nor can he ignore the feeling that they hold the key to the truth behind a dark conspiracy.
When one of his new street friends is murdered, David’s clear doubts about his employer start shifting into a dark reality. Now torn between two worlds, David must surrender all that he’s achieved to fight for a larger cause of justice—and become his firm’s most dangerous acquisition.

Kritters Thoughts:  The first in a series that centers around a rookie lawyer who moves to the big city of Austin and enters the workforce in a large competitive law firm and in his first week, another lawyer is found dead supposedly from suicide and before dying he gives David Adams some crazy advice.  David gets swept into a mystery and must use his new law school skills to investigate and get to the bottom of something.

With the first three chapters giving the reader glimpses, it takes a few chapters to get your bearings and understand who is what and how they could all be connected.  As a reader of the mystery/thriller genre, I have come to realize that when I find out the ending and I feel as though I got it too soon, I am disappointed and that happened in this book.  I could predict the ending early and I was bummed about it!  

Even though I knew the ending pretty early, I still enjoyed the book and mostly because I thought it felt it was unique.  The way the characters were linked was interesting and made for a good story.  I appreciated that you could see where David's unique past connected him to the mystery in this book, those where great moments.  

I would be intrigued to try book two in this series and see if there is some maturing from book one to the next and to see if the mystery has a little more hidden within it.   


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2019 Challenge: 48 out of 100


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Little Bird Publicity.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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