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Legal Thriller: The Defendants, a Novel: (Courtroom Drama) (Thaddeus Murfee Legal Thriller Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

John Ellsworth
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Book Description

From Kindle All-Star John Ellsworth, author of #1 bestseller in thrillers category


A lawyer who won't quit on you--

Thaddeus Murfee is 25, a lawyer of 18 months, and completely unprepared for the murder case that walks in. While Ermeline was passed out, her date carved his name in her breasts.

Her date is found murdered. Ermeline is arrested because she had motive and opportunity. She hires Thaddeus, who makes his debut defending his first murder case in this courtroom drama.

In The Defendants, John Ellsworth offers you a courtroom thriller that puts you right on the front row to witness how murder cases are defended. See the politics behind all criminal cases, and how love can grow out of the strangest beginnings anyone could imagine. In the end, Thaddeus is given a split second to save his own life. His reaction in this crime fiction is amazing!

"Fast-paced courtroom drama that makes the pages turn with its depiction of the American Legal Justice System, Mob rule, and the tale of one rookie lawyer who refused to quit!" - American Institute of Justice

"Legal drama in the first degree!" - Amazon Five Star Review

Thaddeus Murfee novel categories include:

- Legal Thrillers
- Crime Thrillers
- Legal Suspense
- Lawyer Mysteries
- Crime Fiction
- Mystery Series
- Romance Suspense


Editorial Reviews

Review

"Fast-paced courtroom drama that is stunning in its depiction of the American Legal Justice System, Mob rule, and a failed government"-- American Institute of Justice
"At last -- an author who understands English and is able to write believable dialogue.--Amazon Reader Review
"Great book. Filled with twists and turns. I am delighted to discover a new author. I would highly recommend this book.--ARR
"I'm going to start reading his next book now....it's a fun read...enjoy!--ARR
"John Ellsworth really knows how to capture the rapt attention of the reader.--ARR
"Literally couldn't put it down until the story played out.--ARR
"I bought this book just to pass the time while I was traveling and found that I couldn't put it down.--ARR

From the Author

All my professional life as a lawyer I have wanted to write legal thrillers.  Thaddeus Murfee very much reflects the kinds of struggles I went through as a new, young lawyer in my twenties.  I could strongly relate to his experiences with trying to learn how to do the nuts and bolts of law practice--something they don't teach in law school.  Most legal thrillers have a strong beginning, a fast-paced middle, and a thrilling ending.  The Defendants is written in that style.  Other attorneys who write legal thrillers have definitely shown me the way here and I am greatly indebted to them for their willingness to step up to the plate and try new things.  Mysteries, suspense, and thrillers are a joy to write and I plan to keep at as long as I'm able. Thanks for reading The Defendants.  And please, be sure to look for my new lawyer thriller, Beyond a Reasonable Death.  It's a follow-up to the Thaddeus Murfee series and I know you will love it.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1992 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Subjudica House (January 14, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HY2KLPG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Last April 18, 2014
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At last -- an author who understands English and is able to write believable dialogue. Mr. Ellsworth has created a good, if not always credible plot and has developed his characters far enough to make you care a bit about what happens to them. To top it off Mr. Ellsworth has a sense of humor. The bad guys in this enjoyable potboiler are a hoot.

Near the end of the book Mr. Ellsworth induces the testimony of a malefactor with a device that, to say the least, strains one's credulity, but he had to do something to get this vital testimony out and I can't see that there were any workable alternatives beyond the one he took. It's a flaw, but not a fatal one.

Unfortunately, the book's editing leaves a lot to be desired; in fact, I doubt the book was edited at all. There are too many incomplete sentences that don't make sense, too many wrong or misspelled words, and too many places where the wrong name is used for a character. Time for the publisher to bring an editor on board.
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but has a few problems. May 20, 2014
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I was very torn between giving this book 4 stars or 3 stars. Since they don't allow the reviewer to give halves, the rating I actually give this 3.5 stars. The plot of the book is very interesting. I read a lot of legal thrillers, and can honestly say I have not come across a plot like this before. The problem I found is there are areas in the story that really held my attention and other areas that just seemed to drag. I found the characters entertaining, however some very unrealistic. I personal feel making the characters more realistic, grabs the reader as they are able to relate to the character to someone in real life. The authors knowledge of the law is very accurate. Being a legal fan, I would love to see more courtroom action.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. February 5, 2014
By Rebecca
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What do I like/love about this book? The characters, the setting, the plot and the voice. I enjoy reading books about crime/courtroom drama and this book did not disappoint. A great read!!
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51 of 64 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too much minutia July 6, 2014
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This could have been a good book but every time a new character was introduced there was page after page not only about the characters life but all of their ancestors. Every time a new structure was entered the author would give a home and garden tour. This is the first and last book by this author I will be reading.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Proof your work May 21, 2014
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Storyline was really pretty good. It was Ver difficult to read with all the grammar mistakes and even the characters were mixed up in some if the dialog.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rewrite this story, please July 10, 2014
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The plot line was sexual and titillating. Unfortunately the use of exaggerated stereo typical racial, business and government characters was sloppy. Many of the normal phrases used by people were misused. It looked as though nobody or edited the work. Not a bad read, but awkward. Author owes his writing and readers more!!!
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41 of 55 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So far, not so good April 10, 2014
By Judy S
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I have never read John Ellsworth, but thought I would take a chance. So far, "The Defendants" is slow and boring. I'm not sure if the author couldn't fill a book with well written dialog and/or plot so he filled the pages with long and tiring descriptions about the town the book takes place in and characters that have no meaning to the plot. I'm only about 25% of the way through the book, but it has yet to catch my attention. I wouldn't recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down. April 22, 2014
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Although kind of formulaic, I breezed through this book and will read the rest of the books in the series. I don't like to expose details and content because I feel it can spoil another reader's enjoyment of his or her individual experience. Very well written, although the writer's vocabulary is not expansive.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs work
This book had about as many twist and turns as a two-by-four. It seemed like the author always took the simple way out. Read more
Published 8 hours ago by Rellim
5.0 out of 5 stars Great legal thriller
The book was fast-paced. I couldn't put it down.
Loved the characters.
Will definitely read more of John Ellsworth's works.
Published 12 hours ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read...
In this story, it is Murfee's first murder trial, and he will face many unbelievable challenges throughout the trial. Read more
Published 15 hours ago by Fuzzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great legal thriller
Great read! Kept me hooked.
Published 2 days ago by KJ
1.0 out of 5 stars IN A WORD - AWFUL!!
I can't remember the last time I started a book and didn't finish. I couldn't get beyond the 4th chapter. Read more
Published 2 days ago by dmgebe00
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it thoroughly
Spell binding held my attention and couldn;t pit it down. Learned a little of the law while reading. Enjoyed it thoroughly
Published 3 days ago by Joan Hirneisen
3.0 out of 5 stars Everyone's a Stereotype
Too light weight. Everyone's a stereotype. This is the last book in the series for me.
Published 3 days ago by Snuzzy
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this fast paced legal thriller
I enjoyed this fast paced legal thriller. The characters are compelling and you are really rooting for the underdog. Love Thaddeus Murfee. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Kathleen Hogan
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly awsome. Want to read more by this author
First book I've read by this author. It is truly riveting. I could not put the book down wanting to know where it was going. I will certainly read more books by this author
Published 12 days ago by Luis M Santiago
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved that it was unusual without being crude
This was the first book I've read written by author, John Ellsworth, It held my attention and I found it original, suspenseful and entertaining. Read more
Published 12 days ago by D'Auby H. Schiel
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More About the Author

BOOKS IN ORDER OF PUBLICATION:
The Defendants
Beyond a Reasonable Death
Attorney at Large
Chase, the Bad Baby
Defending Turquoise
The Mental Case
Unspeakable Prayers
The NY Times Bestseller
I, Lawyer

John Ellsworth is from Arizona and practiced law nationwide. For thirty years he defended criminal clients across the United States. His first book, "The Defendants," was published by Amazon and Subjudica House Press on January 20, 2014.

What's next? I, LAWYER is John's first Christine Susmann book and was published in May 2015. It is the story of a college fraternity party and its aftermath.

"I love writing these books.They are the kinds of books I love to read, full of information about a wide spectrum of characters, lots of dialogue, and, as always, plenty of action and traps for the young attorney. The books represent the kind of learning experience I went through when I was Thaddeus' age and learning how to patty-cake when it came to doing the right thing for clients."

Now...back to the work-in-progress: Where was Christine again? Oh, yes, she was....

My website is http://johnellsworthbooks.com/
My email is johnellsworthfiction@icloud.com

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