Thinking Out Loud

July 20, 2015

It’s Summer: You’re Entitled to Some Diversions

Filed under: books, Christianity — Tags: , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 7:03 am

For the most part, the Christian blogosphere takes itself all too seriously. When was the last time you saw anyone review a fiction title? And no, we don’t count the bloggers who trashed The Shack without ever reading it.

I try to read at least one fiction title in the summer. If I can’t actually go anywhere in the warm months, I can at least enjoy some small diversions or distractions.

The Deposit SlipThis year it was The Deposit Slip by Todd M. Johnson, which released back in 2012. I’d seen this one in the bookstore and it struck me that it was my type of storyline, and definitely male-reader-compatible in a field that attracts a mostly female demographic. I also didn’t want to start a series, so a stand-alone title was needed.*

The book is legal mystery that begins with a young woman who discovers a deposit receipt from a local bank when emptying out her late father’s safety deposit box. The amount is a cool $10.3 million. She hires a lawyer and from the beginning — this isn’t really a spoiler — you know the bank is as guilty as heck and covering the truth; but the remaining pages are needed to get everyone to what one expects to be a dramatic, final courtroom showdown.

The case has a variety of twists and turns, with a very fast-paced script based on the author’s 30 years in legal practice. Though this isn’t my usual genre, I was able to track most of the legalese.

The faith-focus in this novel is basically non-existent. Given its publication under the Bethany House imprint, a division of Baker Books, I checked a variety of other reviews to make sure I wasn’t missing something.

Otherwise, five stars.


*The following year the author released Critical Reaction which features a different cast of characters and this time around, a female lawyer. I enjoyed Deposit Slip so much that the 2nd book is currently in my pending stack of books.

2 Comments »

  1. I heard that Lincoln said his definition of a friend was someone who loaned him a book he hadn’t read. That’s how I feel after reading The Deposit Slip in about three sittings. I won’t even go near making comparisons with other writers. This is high quality escapist writing. The absence of sex, violence, and profanity were quite appreciated, though I agree you could hardly refer to this as Christian fiction. Many thanks for the tip. I am Paul from Ohio

    Comment by Paul — July 22, 2015 @ 8:31 pm

    • Glad you enjoyed it. You’re right; though it lacks the usual elements of Christian fiction — and maybe that’s a good thing — I had not consciously registered the absence of swearing, sex and violence. Thanks for pointing that out.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — July 22, 2015 @ 8:36 pm


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