This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Deposit Slip
Bethany House Publishers (July 1, 2012)
Todd M. Johnson

Todd M. Johnson has practiced as an attorney for over 30 years, specializing as a trial lawyer. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Minnesota Law School, he also taught for two years as adjunct professor of International Law and served as a US diplomat in Hong Kong. The Deposit Slip is his debut novel. He lives outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife Cathy, and children Ian and Libby.

Learn more about Todd on his Website .





$10,000,000 Is Missing.

Erin Larson is running out of options. In the wake of her father’s death, she found a slim piece of paper–a deposit slip–with an unbelievable amount on it. Only the bank claims they have no record of the money, and trying to hire a lawyer has brought only intimidation and threats. Erin’s last chance is Jared Neaton.

How Far Will One Lawyer Go to Find the Money?

When Jared wearied of the shady ethics of his big law firm and started his own, he never expected the wheels to fly off so quickly. One big loss has pushed him to the brink, and it’s all he can do to scrape by.

And How Far Will Someone Go to Stop Him?

He’s not sure if Erin’s case is worth the risk, but if the money is real, all his problems could vanish. When digging deeper unleashes something far more dangerous than just threats, both Jared and Erin must decide the cost they’re willing to pay to discover the truth.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Deposit Slip, go HERE.


The Deposit Slip is an excellent entry by Todd M. Johnson into the legal thriller genre. Written in an easy-to-read style, the plot has just the right blend of legal facts and procedures, drama, action, and suspense. His characters are well developed especially Jared whose sometimes poor choices are strongly influenced by his desire for justice in addition to his ambition to prove himself. Jared’s relationship (or lack of) with his father is woven through the story and plays a major role in his decision making.

The Deposit Slip is a real page turner that showcases the risks some people will take to cover their tracks and the lengths they will go to for money and power. A strong message of forgiveness and reconciliation is also a highlight of the story.

I thoroughly enjoyed  The Deposit Slip and personally preferred it to some of the Grisham books I have read. I appreciated the fact that Mr. Johnson did not overwhelm me with unnecessary legal facts but included enough to make his points. If you are a fan of legal fiction, you really should give this book a try. I am already looking forward to what this author will offer readers in the future.