Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Thursday, March 09, 2017
John Fairfax Published by Hachette New
Zealand, 28 February 2017 TPBK $32.99 RRP/ EBK 19.99
True to life, fast-paced and
absolutely compelling, Summary Justice introduces a new series of
courtroom dramas with two maverick lawyers driven to fight injustice at any
cost. I can't wait for the next in the series. Unputdownable !
The last time Tess de Vere saw
William Benson she was a law student on work experience. He was a 21-year old,
led from the dock of the Old Bailey to begin a life sentence for murder. He'd
said he was innocent. She'd believed him.
Sixteen years later Tess
overhears a couple of hacks mocking a newcomer to the London Bar, a no-hoper
with a murder conviction, running his own show from an old fishmonger's in
Spitalfields. The price of his rehabilitation - and access to the Bar - is an admission
of guilt to the killing of Paul Harbeton. He's an outcast. But he's subsidised
by a mystery benefactor and a desperate woman has turned to him for help,
accused of slaying her wealthy lover. The evidence is overwhelming but like
Benson long ago, she swears she's innocent. Tess joins the defence team,
determined to help Benson survive. But as Benson follows the twists and turns
in the courtroom, Tess embarks upon a secret investigation of her own,
determined to uncover the truth behind the death of Paul Harbeton.
‘Brilliant, flawed and
utterly compelling, William Benson is the ultimate underdog lawyer who will
have you fearing for his safety and cheering his every victory. Truly not to be
missed.’ - CWA Gold Dagger winning
author, Michael Robotham