An Equal Justice (David Adams #1) by Chad Zunker ~ If it looks too good to be true… #NetGalley @chadzunker #AnEqualJustice #FridayReads

Author: Chad Zunker

Published: November 2019 by Thomas & Mercer

Category: Crime, Legal, Thriller, Book Review


An ambitious Stanford graduate, David Adams has begun a fast-track career at Austin’s most prestigious law firm. It’s a personal victory for the rising superstar—a satisfying reversal from his impoverished and despairing childhood. Now he has the life he’s always wanted: an extravagant salary, a high-rise condo, a luxury SUV, and no limit to how far he can go in the eyes of the top partners.

This is a case of if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

From a poor background, newly qualified attorney David Adams has been recruited as an associate at Hunter & Kellerman, the most distinguished law firm in Austin, Texas. He was offered 20% more than much larger firms in San Francisco and New York, plus $20,000 for joining the team. Believing he has secured his dream job David makes the most of his change in fortunes. But the supposed suicide of another intern gives him pause for thought.

“I drove Nick home that night, helped him get into his house.”

“Damn. Really? You may have been the last person to see him alive. Police said his girlfriend found him yesterday morning.” 

David thought about the guy he’d spotted outside Nick’s house.

Mentored by Thomas Gray, David is soon working punishing hours, to keep on top of his workload and ahead of the competition, unaware he’s being monitored. After a rare night out he is threatened at knifepoint. A homeless man, Benny, comes to his aid and through him David is introduced to the other homeless people who live at ‘The Camp’, tucked away on the outskirts of the city.

An Equal Justice showcases the best and worst of human nature. The story is entertaining, and as David begins to realise all is not as it seems at Hunter & Kellerman, one of his new street friends is murdered. 

He couldn’t believe it. They’d found him. He’d been so careful. The plan had seemed perfect. But he’d clearly underestimated their reach.

David faces a clear choice—ignore what he suspects or give up his dream and all that goes with it to fight for justice. It’s a well written book, maybe tied up a little too neatly but it highlights a social issue that needs addressing. I love that Benny’s dream has become a reality in Austin. There’s a good mix of topics, including homelessness, murder, a mystery from the past and deciding what are the most important things in life. There’s a definite Christian feel to the story, which isn’t overwhelming. A quick, easy and clean read that keeps a steady pace and I think this book says a lot about the author’s own principles.

I chose to read and review An Equal Justice courtesy of Katie Olsen (Little Bird Publicity) via NetGalley

Book links ~ Amazon UK | Amazon US

About the Author

CHAD ZUNKER is the author of the David Adams legal thriller, An Equal Justice, as well as The Tracker, Shadow Shepherd, and Hunt the Lion in his Sam Callahan series. Chad has worked for some of the country’s most powerful law firms and serves at Community First! Village, a 51-acre master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for men and women coming out of chronic homelessness. He lives in Austin with his wife, Katie, and their three daughters, and is hard at work on his next novel.

Author links ~ Website | Twitter | Facebook

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