"Riveting danger and suspense in the legal world!"
Reviewed by Viki Ferrell
Posted August 7, 2017
Thriller Legal | Suspense | Inspirational Mystery
Ian Wells is just trying to make ends meet in his
Minneapolis law practice. He inherited the practice right
out of law school when his dad passed away unexpectedly.
The practice had mainly focused on trust funds, but Ian
is trying to transition to criminal law. His dad's
partner is getting ready to retire soon, so Ian will be
alone in the practice. Ian really needs more paying
A phone call comes into the office from Sean Callahan
requesting Ian come to his home to discuss a trust fund
matter. Ian really wants to get away from doing this kind
of law, but Sean insists it will be very much worth his
while. The request seems simple enough. Investigate the
three recipients of the trust to see if they were
involved in any criminal activity since 1998. The hefty
retainer fee is enticing, along with the even heftier
administration fee that Ian will earn when the money is
As Ian begins to delve into the lives of the three men,
he uncovers more than he expects. He also enlists the
help of Brook Daniels, a fellow law school graduate who
now works in the State's Attorney's office. Brook's
findings shed even more light on the activities of these
men, and she discovers a possible connection to a thirty-
five year old cold case. Ian cannot believe what he is
discovering about this trust and about his own family.
And he soon finds himself the target of a criminal
investigation as well.
Todd M. Johnson brings us a great legal thriller in his
third novel, FATAL TRUST. Mr. Johnson employs both dreams
and flashbacks to create the backstory for the
investigation in which Ian finds himself embroiled. Both
the main and supporting characters are well developed,
and the storyline moves along at break-neck speed. The
plot takes so many unexpected twists and turns that the
investigation is turning into a three-ring circus. FATAL
TRUST is a story about regrets and secrets, but also
about building relationships. I recommend this as a great
Riveting Legal Suspense from Lawyer Todd M. Johnson
Ian Wells is a young criminal defense attorney struggling to
build a Minneapolis law practice he inherited from his
father while caring for a mother with Alzheimer's. Nearly at
the breaking point, everything changes for Ian when a new
client offers a simple case: determine whether three men
qualify for over nine million dollars of trust funds. To
qualify, none can have been involved in criminal activity
for the past twenty years. Ian's fee for a week's work: the
unbelievable sum of two hundred thousand dollars.
Ian warily accepts the job--but is quickly dragged deep into
a mystery linking the trust with a decades-old criminal
enterprise and the greatest unsolved art theft in Minnesota
history. As stolen money from the art theft surfaces, Ian
finds himself the target of a criminal investigation by
Brook Daniels, a prosecutor who is also his closest law
school friend. He realizes too late that this simple
investigation has spun out of control and now threatens his
career, his future, and his life.
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