Thursday, March 09, 2017

Summary Justice

Summary Justice
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

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