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Published by Elliott and Thompson Ltd, 7 February 2019. ISBN:
When 85-year-old former Lord Chief
Justice, Phillip Longman is found murdered, Detective Chief Inspector Joelle
Levy is called to the scene. She is horrified to find he was crucified after
being brutally tortured.
We then learn of a Michael Devlin,
Queen's Council Barrister, who is visiting a client in Wandsworth Prison. He
has been accused of a double murder and Michael is defending him. At the same
time Michael's fiancée, Sarah, a T.V. Reporter is outside Langman's home
together with her camera man and team.
Levy is then informed of the murder
of gang leader Leon Ferris and his three henchmen. Convinced these are gangland
killings the case is passed to the specialised section of the police called
“Trident” much to her annoyance.
However, Levy and team soon have
another murder to investigate, that of a solicitor crucified in the same way as
Longman. Together with Michael, many in the legal world are not terribly sorry
about is death, he was very unpopular.
It is obviously clear Longman and
the solicitor's deaths were carried out by the same perpetrator. It becomes
vital to find if there was a case where they were both involved in putting away
the same person.
Then there is another horrific
murder. This narrows the field down and Levy finds the three murdered people
were connected with finding the same person guilty. Unknown to her Michael
played a part in it too, it involved an incident which he has managed to keep
secret all these years.
Does he tell Levy about it to help
solve the case? It's something he is deeply ashamed of and may even lead to a
custodial sentence. He is in a real dilemma. Also, he is sure the killer will
come after him next. What can he do?
Meanwhile his fiancée Sarah, is
torn between loyalty to Michael, her boss at I.T.V and her new-found friend
Joelle Levy. Should she divulge what else she knows? Can any of them prevent
Michael being the next victim?
A really good story of murder and
mayhem. Tony Kent is such a brilliant author; the characters leap off the page.
I understand he is a barrister himself, no wonder the court room scenes are so
absorbing. The book ends in such a way that it leaves it open for a follow up.
I can't wait!
Highly recommended for those who
enjoy a gripping murder story interlace with entertaining acts played out on
the legal stage.
Reviewer: Tricia Chappell
Kent grew up in a
close-knit Irish family in London and studied law in Scotland. He is a
top-ranking barrister and former champion boxer who brings a wealth of detail
and personal insight to this unputdownable thriller. A regular at London's Old
Bailey, Tony's case history includes prosecuting and defending many
high-profile, nationally reported trials. Before his legal career, Tony boxed
internationally as a heavyweight and won a host of national amateur titles. He
is based in London.
I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I
play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love is
cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for
plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots
of great new authors.