The Defendants

  • by John Ellsworth
  • Narrated by A.W. Miller
  • 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this debut legal thriller, when Thaddeus Murfee agreed to defend a young woman accused of murdering the man who carved his name in her chest, he thought that he and his new law practice were on their way. However, the Chicago mob schemed to send the young woman to the death chamber in order to cover up its payola with the governor. Thaddeus craves the riches and fame that a successful trial lawyer can have, but he doesn't realize the price he is going to have to pay once the mob sends its enforcers after him. A hard-fought trial is followed by a face off on a dark night between Thaddeus and Johnny "the Blade" Bladanni. You never win against the mob, he is warned. Now the FBI has the lowdown on the players, and Thaddeus needs their help but is afraid they will come after his client ,too. Thaddeus is caught between a rock and a hard place with no choice - if he wants to live and set his client free. A tough, young lawyer in a heart-pounding legal thriller that will keep you up at night way beyond your bedtime!


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Loved it!

One of the best thrillers I've read in the oast couple of years! Didn't want to put it down! Narration was also great!
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- Gena E.


While predictable (because I have read so many mysteries and court room drama), the book was enjoyable. I enjoyed some of the twists and turns throughout the book. I felt anger and empathy toward different characters throughout. I was disappointed in the portrayal of the defendant. I felt she should have been a stronger character than demonstrated in the text.
The writing style reminded me of Carl Hiaassen, with the random introduction of a new character or event. Shifting gears in a new chapter or segment within the chapter.

I found the ending disappointing and too neatly wrapped up with a pretty bow.

Overall a good book and an easy listen.
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- meg

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-22-2015
  • Publisher: Subjudica House