Book Review: Fatal Trust: A Novel, by Todd M. Johnson
Fatal Trust is the latest novel from the imagination of Todd M. Johnson. It is a well written, fast paced legal thriller about a lawyer in Minneapolis. The author begins with the final scene in the drama but then leaves the reader hanging at the end of the chapter. He then jumps back in time to lay out the foundation for the story and continues to build the tension towards the climax.
The book is focused on Ian Wells, a young, ambitious Minneapolis attorney who is struggling with building his legal practice while also caring for his mother who has Alzheimer’s. As his stress is building, he is presented with a simple, but unique new case. A client asks him to evaluate whether three men qualify to receive the proceeds of a nine million dollar trust by determining if any have been involved in criminal activity during the past 20 years. Ian’s fee for a week of work will be $200,000.
While the job seems too good to be true, Ian wants to turn the offer down. However, he desperately needs the money. Along the way, he gets pulled into a mystery linking the trust funds to a spectacular unsolved crime in Minnesota history. Ian soon finds himself caught between his clients and the U. S. Attorney’s Office and his simple job is now threatening his life.
Outside of Ian’s legal assistant who sings “Amazing Grace” while she is scared or under stress, the book has no discernable Christian content. It is simply an enjoyable, entertaining story.
Disclosure: I received this book free from Bethany House through the Bethany House Blogger Review Program http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/bethanyhouse/bookreviewers. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.