Monday, July 16, 2012

The Deposit Slip

ImageThe Deposit Slip
Written by Todd M. Johnson
Published at Bethany House

About the book

$10,000,000 Is Missing.

Erin Larson is running out of options. In the wake of her father's death, she found a slim piece of paper--a deposit slip--with an unbelievable amount on it. Only the bank claims they have no record of the money, and trying to hire a lawyer has brought only intimidation and threats. Erin's last chance is Jared Neaton.

How Far Will One Lawyer Go to Find the Money?

When Jared wearied of the shady ethics of his big law firm and started his own, he never expected the wheels to fly off so quickly. One big loss has pushed him to the brink, and it's all he can do to scrape by.

And How Far Will Someone Go to Stop Him?

He's not sure if Erin's case is worth the risk, but if the money is real, all his problems could vanish. When digging deeper unleashes something far more dangerous than just threats, both Jared and Erin must decide the cost they're willing to pay to discover the truth.

Who is Todd M. Johnson?

Todd M. Johnson has practiced as an attorney for over 30 years, specializing as a trial lawyer. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Minnesota Law School, he also taught for two years as adjunct professor of International Law and served as a US diplomat in Hong Kong. This is his debut novel. He lives outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife and daughter. Visit his website at

My Thoughts

I am always a little skeptic when I take a debut novel because I don’t know what to expect from the author.   In this particular case, the genre interested me and the plot was very intriguing.    When I received the book I immediately started reading it.   Since I was schedule to go to Calgary for a week, this book also found its way in my bag for reading when aboard the plane.   By the time I was in Calgary, I had reached the 3/4 of the book.

I really enjoyed the Legal Thriller genre of this novel.  Not only does it keeps you on the edge and want to discover more about the mystery but it also makes you wonder what the heck is happening in this story.    Mystery, danger, strong characters as well as a story based on the legal system are making this story amazing and leaving you wanting more from the author.  

The mystery is linked on the 10 millions which seem to have disappeared from the surface of the Earth.  Where is the money?  Who is hiding it?   Is there anyone willing to tell the truth about it?   Follow Jared Neaton, his client and collaborators in a search for the truth behind a simple deposit slip discovered in a deposit box.    And at the end of the book, you will want to follow more of the cases of Jared Neaton.    I am so looking forward for the next novel with this interesting character.  

Though the book is published at a Christian publisher, there isn’t much Christian content in it.    You will encounter a pastor and discover that a confession has been made as well as efforts to correct an error from the past but the author has not incorporated the Gospel message and/or scriptures throughout the story.   Part of me is a bit disappointed about not finding more scriptures in it and part of me enjoy the different style of this author.   Bottom line is that this book can be read by anyone you think might like the genre without feeling overly based on the Christian faith.

In conclusion, I highly recommend this title for anyone wanting to discover a new author or simply explore a new genre in literature.   This book is definitively a title to discover during your holidays this summer!

The Deposit Slip is available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group – even at!

Disclaimer: The book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.  for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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