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Published by Quercus, 26 September 2013.
This is another novel featuring defence lawyer Jason Kolarich. This
time Jason himself is on trial for murder but of whom is deliberately not made
clear until towards the end of the book. He is being represented by his law
partner Shauna Tasker. The novel switches between the trial in the present and
the past, six months earlier, when a young man called James Drinker sought
Jason’s advice because he feared he was being framed for several serial
murders. But as Jason investigates it becomes clear that nothing about Drinker
is as it seems. Drinker is manipulating Jason for his own ends - but what are
those ends? Jason is becoming increasingly uneasy about Drinker but the
attorney-client relationship means that he has to keep his unease to himself.
Moreover, Jason’s own problems - an increasing dependence on pain-killing
medication for a serious sports injury affecting his personality about which
no-one knows - are making more and more difficult for him to carry on working.
Shauna is horrified at what is happening to Jason and places much of the blame
on the beautiful yet manipulative court reporter Alexa Himmel with whom Jason
is becoming increasingly but dangerously involved. Events proceed inexorably to
a compelling and dramatic climax.
The novel’s complex narrative structure, admirably controlled by the
author, makes it difficult to give much detail as to the plot. It is, however,
well worth reading. For details as to the author and some of his previous
titles see the review of The Wrong Man.
Reviewer: Radmila May
David Ellisis a lawyer and award-winning author of nine novels. Dave
currently lives near Chicago
with his wife Susan, their children Abigail, Julia, and Jonathan, and their