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Dead Even

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Lawyer Sara Tate is in danger of losing her new job with the Manhattan District Attorney's Office if she doesn't get noticed fast. Smart and tough—a fighter who makes things happen—she grabs a high-profile burglary case that could make her career. There are two problems: Sara's husband, Jared, is the attorney for the defense . . . and she's been warned that if she does not get a conviction, Jared will be killed. What she doesn't know is that her husband has received a similar threat. Unless his client walks, Sara's life is over.

Unaware of the stakes on the other side and forced to keep their secrets from each other, husband and wife become bitter adversaries, locked in a vicious head-to-head battle in the courtroom and at home. And there can be no victor in this struggle.

No matter who wins . . . someone dies.

From Publishers Weekly

May 04, 1998 – Just when you thought there were no more changes to be rung on the legal thriller, Meltzer follows up his bestselling inside look at the Supreme Court (The Tenth Justice) with this sleek, suspenseful, only slightly unbelievable story about two young New York lawyers in love and in danger. Sara Tate and Jared Lynch are married to each other and to their legal careers: he's a rising star for the defense in a big firm; she's just starting as an assistant district attorney after six months of job seeking. On her first day, Sara hears that a budget cut could put her back on the unemployment lines, so she swipes a burglary case earmarked for a top man in the pecking order. But this is more than a routine burglary, and a powerful villain named Oscar Rafferty wants it to go away. He hires Jared to defend the accused, a sadistic monster called Tony Kozlow, telling him that unless Kozlow walks, Sara dies. While Jared grapples with the moral issues involved--and avoids telling Sara about the threat for hundreds of pages--another nasty type (whose fingerprints match several dead criminals) pushes Sara's grandfather down a flight of subway stairs and says he'll do worse to Jared unless Kozlow is convicted. Fearing for each other's safety, their marriage cracking under the strain, Sara and Jared joust in front of a grand jury and then get ready for trial, with Sara helped over some serious speed bumps by a nicely sketched young assistant and a tough prosecutor with a romantic interest. Several murders and a subway shoot-out eventually resolve this somewhat overlong but definitely compelling tale of legal and extralegal adventure. Author tour.

Customer Reviews

Dead Even

Great legal thriller of husband wife lawyers. A bit contrived, but many good characters. Female lawyer is much too hysterical for any ADA that I know. Husband is much too simple to be working in a NYC firm. Other than that, a decent story.

Pathetic Story Line

This plot was so unbelievable that it was almost painful to finish reading. One or two of the characters were interesting but the pathetic plot was too far out to be believable. Husband and wife are both set up and each is told the other will die if the setup is disclosed to the other. Then they both go along with it like threatened two-year olds. They go from cunning to icky sweet and back each chapter. This was a real waste of time and money.


Don't listen to that GClaw fool. Great book, great author, all around great!!

Dead Even
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  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Feb 01, 2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
  • Print Length: 512 Pages
  • Language: English
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