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The Defendants: Crime Fiction & Legal Thriller (Thaddeus Murfee Legal Thriller Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

John Ellsworth
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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

"If you like Reacher, the Lincoln Lawyer, Jake Brigance and Paul Madriani, you will love this Thaddeus Murfee crime thriller!” — Five-Star Review

“Already John Ellsworth’s name is mentioned with Lee Child, Michael Connelly, John Grisham, and Steve Martini when critics talk about legal/crime fiction.” --Five-Star Review

"Every bit as good as Grisham! Superb characterization, suspense, drama.” - 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: 3192 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: #4,420 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 33 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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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but has a few problems. May 20, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
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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19 of 22 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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42 of 54 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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24 of 30 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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35 of 46 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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14 of 18 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read May 29, 2014
By lulu
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I just happened across this author looking for another book. I read a couple reviews. I read a little about the story and thought it sounded good. I really enjoyed the story. Thad and Christine are great together. The author doesn't get all carried away with with long drawn out descriptions of the court and court processes..I would recommend this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story From An Experienced Attorney
I loved this book..Read it in 2 sittings. One of those stories that you wish you could have started over just because it is SO VERY GOOD. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Greg
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book
I enjoyed the small-town atmosphere and feel of the characters and storyline. Thaddeus is fortunate to have someone like Christine working with him. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Peggy Yost
5.0 out of 5 stars Young Thaddeus, New Lawyer and Nothing is what it seems
"The young lawyer knew Ermeline Ransom was a good soul, a hard worker and a dedicated single mom. But just now her look was of grave confusion. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Jill B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
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Published 14 days ago by Gail M Lipomi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, great series
This is the best of all his Thad Murfee books so far. The characters are developed nicely, the plot unfolds smoothly, and the legal shenanigans are believable. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Hollister Bulldawg
4.0 out of 5 stars geat first book
Enjoyable read. I believe it was a free choice for my kindle, but now that I've read it, I'm going to look for the next one and purchase. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner
I really enjoyed this book. A well thought out plot , great character development, and realistic court scenes by someone with a legal background.
Published 25 days ago by Stuart F. Stowers
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special but enjoyed the read.
Reminder - Carved VIC TOR on her breasts.
Published 25 days ago by tmarussell
3.0 out of 5 stars Just a Decent Read
This was readable but not especially exciting. The plot was okay but went straight on through to the end with little in the way of twists and turns, which are always enjoyable in... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Gloria S
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced action
This story moved at a quick pace and kept my interest throughout. As a native of Illinois, the mixture of politics and mobsters was all too familiar, but the author did a great job... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Dwight S. Harvey
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More About the Author

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? UNSPEAKABLE PRAYERS is John's seventh Thaddeus book and will be published by Amazon in January 2015. It is the story of a nineteen year-old Lodzi Ashstein taken to Treblinka in 1942 and forced by the Nazis to help destroy Jews. Later in life a crime occurs when the captain of the SS Nazi guards is murdered. The Holocaust survivor Lodzi is charged with the murder and a trial ensues. It's a full-bodied read with the great interlocking plot structure my readers have to come to expect and that they tell me they love. "You will never forget Lodzi, I promise you. And you will never forget the intense history found in his story."

"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 Thaddeus again? Oh, yes, he was....

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


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