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'Death by Dangerous is a nail-bitingly paced thriller in which the barrister John Anderson finds himself caught up in a Kafkaesque spiral of disaster. Though unquestionably the driver of the car involved in a crash which killed two people, Anderson has no recollection of the incident. The mutli-ethnic tensions of contemporary Manchester are vividly brought to life as he sees the various elements of his life career, marriage, perhaps even sanity disintegrate before his eyes. Death by Dangerous is a very assured debut from Olly Jarvis, and I look forward to reading his next book.' -- Simon Brett, 2014 Golden Dagger Winner for outstanding body of work in crime fiction.
'Death by Dangerous by Olly Jarvis is a barrister's tale, my kind of page-turning legal thriller. I wish I'd discovered this ace legal thriller before I did my 'summer read' recommendations.' --Gyles Brandreth
'Olly Jarvis turns in a really good story, plenty of local interest for Mancunians, and a plot that keeps you guessing.' -- Books Monthly 'Fast paced thriller from inside the court room, an outstanding debut crime novel' -- The Last Word Review 'A really great read. Looking forward to more from Mr Jarvis.' -- Liz Loves Books 'Olly Jarvis has now been added to my list of favourite Authors, and he is very close to the top' -- Chocolate Pages 'The storyline played out perfectly for me and kept me guessing as to what would happen next and I was hooked right until the end.' -- David's Book Blurg 'I absolutely love legal thriller novels and this particular novel was certainly no exception. It is fast-paced, full of action and I read the whole thing sitting on the edge of my seat desperately turning the pages! I completed the novel in just one afternoon and found it so difficult to put down even to get food / drink!' -- Sara's Book Blog 'Death by Dangerous is an incredible fictional debut from Olly Jarvis and moments after turning the last page I am already desperate for him to release his next book.' -- Book Love Bug 'No other way to put this: Olly Jarvis has written a tour de force.' --Barrister blogger
'I was completely spellbound and inside his story that drove me like a car out of control, to the final page within a day of picking this book up.' --Crimesquad.com
About the Author
Olly Jarvis is a writer and criminal defence barrister, originally from London but now working in Manchester. Drawing on his experiences, he writes both fiction and non-fiction with a particular understanding of the pressures and excitement of life in the courtroom. He wrote highly acclaimed Radio 4 drama Judgement, exploring a barrister's thought processes whilst cross-examining a rape victim. Using his knowledge of the Indonesian language, he travelled to Sumatra where he wrote and presented a BBC documentary entitled Mum Knows Best. Olly has two children and lives in Cheshire.
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I'm a huge John Grisham fan and love American legal thrillers so I thought this book might be overshadowed by my expectations with it being UK based also. I needn’t have worried because this book didn't disappoint and has everything I want in a legal thriller.
‘They’ say you should write about what you know and it’s quite clear that the author really knows his profession as I totally believed everything that was happening. Each chapter has something going on of relevance and I never felt that they were just fillers.
There’s a great cast of characters; some to love and some to despise. I think Adey was my favourite as she reminded me of Kulinda from my fave show The Good Wife; gutsy and prepared to do almost anything to get to the truth which is not always on the right side of the law!
There’s sufficient police and legal procedure to ensure you understood what was happening and believable but without making it boring and is full of the pomp and circumstance of the English legal system that you'd expect (caps, gowns, wigs etc).
My only small minor teeny weeny concern is that some may be consider one of the suspects a little stereotypical and cliché but overall it works.
I hope to read more from Olly Jarvis and about his characters Anderson & Hussain as this debut was fast paced and tense with likeable characters and unpredictable twists...nothing else to say except give it a go!
Many thanks to Olly for sending me a copy for review purposes (although I did purchase a Kindle copy because I couldn’t get on with the pdf)
His marriage, life and career spiral downhill very quickly. Through the course of the book, he re-evaluates himself, his lifestyle, his assumptions about society, and his prejudices and beliefs about the people he encountered frequently before the crash.
But this is not a heavyweight psychological thriller. Far from it. It is an well written, pacey thriller full of interesting characters and intriguing plot twists. The author secures "suspension of belief" early enough for the reader to be carried happily through the somewhat unlikely dénouement. And he achieves this by bringing out the drama of court proceedings without using any "poetic licence" to twist them for effect.
The ends suggests that there may be more to come. I do hope so.
The book also illustrates the pain inherent in contacts at all levels with the CJS, the fleeting nature of both success and failure, and how much stereotypical behaviour is inherently a coping strategy.
The message is, however, positive and resolution is achieved, in the end, through self-reliance, integrity and honesty.
The compelling plot is a rollercoaster. Gently slow at first, then accelerating continuously through twists and turns till the climax in the Court of Appeal. Every time you think you’ve cracked it, a new twist appears. This is a page-turner.
As you would expect from someone for whom words, clarity and precision are stock in trade, this book is exquisitely written, unlike far too many e-books with bad grammar, punctuation and spelling! This improves the reader’s experience immensely.
Mr Jarvis you are clearly a very educated man. Thank you for writing this fabulous book, I do hope you will be considering more for John Anderson.