While my heritage is English, I have been to England only once in my life, an infrequency I intend to remedy over the next few years. As to my books, their legal heritage is the common law, all of it from England, and so it is likely many of the thought processes and procedural considerations reflected by Thaddeus Murfee, my star attorney, will ring familiar with the UK reader.
Thaddeus Murfee is a twenty-five year old attorney in his first outing in The Defendants. Remarkably, he is retained by a defendant to defend her from a charge of First Degree murder for which the death penalty is a possibility. I say "remarkable," because only in America do we train our attorneys for a mere three years in law school and then turn them loose on an unsuspecting public that likely believes, however wrongly, that their lawyers are trained like their doctors: formal education followed by years of on-the-job. But that's not so. Three years and bam! you're good to go. So, in The Defendants, the UK reader will see how lawyers are tossed into the lion's den without armor and how, in media res, they learn to invent as they go and learn how to fight only when the enemy literally is crashing through the gate.
All that said, the issues in these books are universal to the human condition and it is my hope, more than any other, that for this reason you will relate to Thaddeus and his peers. Their struggles are merely our own.