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Even though it is only January, I think I’ve probably read what is going to be one of my favourite books of the year. This is the first book by Nick Stone I’ve read and it is absolutely brilliant. I was wary because of all the glowing praise from other authors/press quotes. You often see these ‘rent a quote’ comments plastered on the book description and often, I am left feeling disappointed after reading the book as they don’t live up to the hype. This intelligent and complex legal thriller did though!
The premise is intriguing, Terry Flynt, a struggling law clerk helping to defend a childhood friend who he fell out with and who is now accused of murder.
This is a long book but the pace is perfect and, if anything, I wish it could have been longer. Stone’s characterisation is spot on. Terry Flynt is wonderfully complex and human. He is flawed and makes mistakes but still comes across in a sympathetic way and you are drawn in to his world. The other main characters are well-drawn also, from a cynical investigator with secrets of his own to a dying barrister for whom the trial of Vernon James will be her final case. The writing is excellent and the book flows beautifully and the court room scenes in particular are gripping. The conclusion feels well thought out and is very satisfying.
I must admit that I usually find that the American authors have the market cornered when it comes to exciting legal thrillers—I’ve never come across a British one before with the excitement of a Connelly or Grisham… until now. I hope terry Flint may become a recurring character in future Nick Stone books or, at the very least, that he writes more legal thrillers.
David Thorpe’s narration was great as usual, although his attempted Manchester accent did make me laugh!
Very highly recommended.
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This is an absolutely great A star download. I was in a hurry to download a new book and chose this as it was book of the week. I had no previous experience of author or reader and i really did just have to make an immediate choice as I had nothing to listen to.
Have to say thought was going to be a bit naff.
How wrong I was and what a great choice I made.
I hate giving reviews that tell you too much about the plot - so all I will say is that our narrator is a very lowly legal clerk who finds himself on the legal team defending a murder charge of a man who he knew as a child - and who put a very big blip into his own life.
This tale does span the who dun it sector, possibly a bit of spooks, and personal stuff too. It took me 3 chapters to appreciate the reader but once I got into his rhythm I rate him as highly as the author. And indeed am now going to see what else he has read.
This is a really good story suitable for men and woman I would have thought.
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It's only infrequently that a newly discovered author produces a novel with a genuinely intricate plot woven into language that is balanced and evocative. And what's more, the narrator doesn't intrude into the story as some do (Scot Brick is the worst offender in this regard).
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This is the first time that I've given any novel five stars in all categories. That says it all. Anybody who likes a mix of the private eye / legal thriller genre will love this novel.
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So glad I went by the reviews not the publishers summary (which didn't sound overly exciting) because this is easily the best book I've listened to this year. Firstly it's so nice to have courtroom drama from the UK perspective, having worked as a court typist for a number of year I found it highly authentic, particularly the leering tones from the prosecutor! The narrator did a brilliant job with that. The story itself was engaging, kept me guessing and I couldn't stop listening. Most importantly, I'm sad now I've finished because I just want more. Witty, beautifully paced and clever - this is a must read!
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