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Published by Elliott &
Thompson, 25 July 2019. ISBN: 978-1-78396-449-9
A former Lord Chief Justice, holder of one of the
highest judicial offices in the land, is crucified and mutilated in his own
home. And then retired solicitor Adam Blunt is killed in the same way. Is there
a link between the two murders? To find that out is the task of Chief Inspector
Joelle Levy. And then Joelle finds herself being called to work on another
case, this time a gangland massacre; we know, although Joelle does not, that
this is also the work of the perpetrator of the other murders.
And in a parallel
narrative, 21-year-old Simon Kash has been charged with the murder of the
Galloway brothers. But there is another defendant, Darren O’Driscoll, charged
with the same offence and because there are two defendants, not to mention
elements of revenge, low-level organised crime, and the possibility of a
‘cut-throat defence’ (when two defendants accuse each other) it has been
decided that the barrister defending Kash should be a ‘silk’, a barrister of
senior standing, rather than the older experienced barrister previously
retained. But at the personal level there is a complication: the older
barrister is Derek Reid while his replacement is Michael Devlin, and Reid had
been Devlin’s pupil master during the latter’s pupillage – a form of practical
training after passing the Bar exams. However, Reid has a generous nature and
bears no resentment against Devlin and he speaks very highly of the junior,
Jenny Draper, who has also been assigned to the case.
At first only the
fact that Devlin’s fiancée, reporter Sarah Truman, is assigned to covering the
murders of the Lord Chief Justice and Blunt links these narratives. But then a
deep personal tragedy brings Devlin into the murder investigation and places
his life and Sarah’s in the greatest danger.
The body count in
these interlocking narratives is pretty high – I made it 16, including a number
of policemen. That being so I did wonder how that it was that there was no
intervention from eg politicians asking what on earth was going on. But it is a
riveting story and the author first weaves together the tangled narratives and
then expertly untangles them. And right at the end there is a surprising twist.
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.
born in the U.S. but has lived in the U.K. since she was seven apart from seven
years in The Hague. She read law at university but did not go into practice.
Instead she worked for many years for a firm of law publishers and still does occasional
work for them including taking part in a substantial revision and updating of
her late husband’s legal practitioners’ work on Criminal Evidence published
late 2015. She has also contributed short stories with a distinctly criminal
flavour to two of the Oxford Stories anthologies published by Oxpens Press – a
third story is to be published shortly in another Oxford Stories anthology –
and is now concentrating on her own writing.