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Legal Thriller: The Defendants: A Courtroom Drama (Thaddeus Murfee Legal Thriller Series Book 2) by [Ellsworth, John]
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"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.

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  • File Size: 4638 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HY2KLPG
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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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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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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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By Rebecca on February 5, 2014
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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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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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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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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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In his debut novel "The Defendants," John Ellsworth becomes the latest in a long line of attorneys to try to channel their inner John Grisham with a novel of a single courageous lawyer going up against a deck that's heavily stacked against him. While Ellsworth's hero, Thaddeus Murfee, is a likable character and Ellsworth shows off his legal expertise well at times in the book, his plotting is rather loose, and the book fails the credibility test on a few occasions.

Murfee is an up-and-coming lawyer in his mid-20s who decides to hang out his own shingle in the small town of Orbit in southern Illinois. He's fortunate that he's best friends with the local state's attorney, who winds up funneling some work his way, the latest case being a potentially big personal injury lawsuit involving Ermaline Ransom, a waitress at a local strip club. Ermaline had been drugged and then had some letters crudely carved into a part of her anatomy not generally on public display after meeting a local contractor, Vic Harrow, for a drink after work. However, what Ermaline and Thaddeus don't know is that Vic didn't do the carving; it was a mob enforcer who did so thinking Ermaline was Vic's girlfriend. It seems Vic owed plenty to the mob and the crooked governor of the state as payoffs for getting state construction contracts.

The mob does a bit more investigating into Vic's financial affairs and discovers that he's dead broke with no way of raising the money he owes. So, they decide to eliminate Vic as a lesson to other deadbeats and frame Ermaline, who has an obvious motive to want Vic dead. So, the mob pressures Ermaline's ex-husband to put her fingerprints on the murder weapon while she's asleep and then hide it where the police are sure to find it.
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