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The Deposit Slip review

Title:  The Deposit Slip

Author:  Todd M. Johnson

Pages:  368

Year:  2012

Publisher:  Bethany

Note:  I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.  Follow my other reviews at  and on twitter @lcjohnson1988

                This is a debut novel by Todd Johnson, which kept getting better the more I read.  I just couldn’t put it down.  The story has many twists and turns that keep the ending veiled until the last page.  Unlike other novels, I liked that the chapters were short and always moving the story deeper into the mystery of the missing ten million dollar deposit.

                Erin, as the only child, is settling her father’s estate.  While emptying a safety deposit box, she discovers what appears to be a deposit slip worth millions. In the small town of Ashley, her father was a farmer with his land in foreclosure and many buildings needing repair.  So where is the money?  The bank claims he had no deposit of that size.

                Erin attempts to sue the bank in order to locate the money and find out where it came from.  Finally, a lawyer takes her case.  Jared grew up in Ashley as well with a past a little more painful than he is willing to revisit.  To top it all off, while his mother is living elsewhere, his father resides in Ashley.  Jared used to work for a large law firm.  While there, he meets a man he wants to work solo for because he wants to be a trial lawyer.  Clay and Jared both leave the firm and are working on their own; however, one is more seasoned and successful than the other.  Why doesn’t Clay take the case and instead he gives it to Jared?

                Marcus has a past that haunts him as well as drives him in is work.  He wants to win the case and beat Jared.  Is there more going on here?  Stanley owns the Ashley Bank, and he is up to his neck in the hiding of the money.   If only Jared can locate the “key” that would bust the case wide open.  Jessie works for Jared.  She came from the same huge law firm that Jared left.  She came with Jared to start the law firm.  She is smart and hard-working.  Is there another reason why she came with Jared?

                Ashley is a small town where everybody knows each other, some more than others.  In this wonderful work of fiction, Todd Johnson keeps the reader engaged and wanting to find out more the deeper the reader goes in this legal thriller.  This is the first book that literally had me up all night reading as I wanted to see how everything would come together to make the ending “one for the books”.  It is a masterpiece for sure, and I highly recommend this novel.  Be prepared to read to see what happens to the characters at the end!

My rating for this fictional story is five stars.
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