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- Print Length: 473 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: John Mayer; 3 edition (29 Jan. 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00SYZRN12
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- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,982 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Trial: Dark Urban Scottish Crime Story (Parliament House Books Book 1) Kindle Edition
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When High Court Judge Lord Aldounhill is found brutally murdered in his home, Brogan McLane is set up as a patsy to take the fall for it. The career he worked so hard for is hanging by a thread along with his freedom. A conviction for murder will mean life in prison. After being released on bail he and his remaining true friends set about proving his innocence, but with evidence going missing as quickly as it is discovered, it will be an up hill battle. Something that isn't new to him and his friends.
This is the first book in a new series for author John Mayer and my what a super start. I liked the glossary of terms in the beginning of the book which made reading much easier rather than finding it at the back when I have done. It really is worth giving this a once over before you start reading. One other thing too is the book is written with some Scottish dialect which for me gave it real true grit.
I really took to Brogan from the start, you just have to love a character that excels but still has his feet planted firmly on the ground. This murder mystery is quite a little cracker to work on too as there is the continuing investigation going on along side of the trial for murder. I was totally engrossed in it all.
There are two further books in this series which will be definitely on my TBR list.
Mayer is a good writer, he cleverly bobs and weaves truth with half-truth until you are not quite sure if what you think you know is, in fact, what you know! Advocate Brogan is stands accused of the murder of a high court judge. With the evidence stacked against him, McLane pursues the truth with a gritty determination which I enjoyed. Mayer has drawn his characters well, they are flawed and believable. The plot twists and turns with good effect. For me, the pros were – good writing, good twists, and believable characters. The cons – too much dialect which slowed the pace, the amount of legalese meant I had to keep going back to the beginning to figure out who, what, where – doing this on a Kindle is not easy and I kept losing my place. All in all, I enjoyed this book and would read another from this author.
In “The Trial”, Brogan has a circle of supporters from the wrong side of the tracks, who are often victims themselves of the corrupt lifestyles of those who should be defending justice and truth. “The Trial” weaves its way through a minefield of difficulties for Brogan in a riveting un-put-down-able way.
Does Brogan manage to achieve his goal of truth and justice as a humanitarian in a world where corruption, deviousness and injustice always win?
For those who enjoy legal novels, courtroom drama and unexpected twists and turns, John Mayer has it all. Once you have read one of his books you will want to know more about the others.
Breakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review.
This is an intriguing story which is very well written. The author clearly describes the scenes in great detail, sometimes over wordy, but certainly in a way that you feel yourself in the heart of the action in each setting.
There were a lot of twists and I found this difficult to follow at times but perseverance got me through those paragraphs and then I found myself back with the story again.
As mentioned, at times I had some difficulty following the legal terminology but this did not dampen my enthusiasm for the book. I look forward to reading more from this talented author.
I was given this book in exchange for an open and honest review.
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