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The Verdict Paperback – 31 Jul 2014
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Now and then, there's a book worth really shouting about. So listen up, this is the best legal thriller in years. 10 out of 10 stars (The Local)
A really exciting British legal thriller - now, that's not something that comes along every month (Morning Star)
This is terrific stuff, with its winning hero and an unrelenting narrative grip right up to its courtroom climax (Daily Express)
Engrossing, compelling (Courier Mail) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
The definitive British Legal Thriller -- London's answer to John Grisham.See all Product description
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Now this, however, is just brilliant! Character led and exciting. Made my eyes bleed with trying to keep them open so I could just read one more chapter before turning off the light!
Childhood friends, fallen out in a big way at university (though we don't really know exactly what happened.) VJ becomes rich and slightly famous and Terry is still picking up his life 20 years after the fallout and starting to make a real go of things, working as a clerk in a legal firm and holding together a fantastic, loving family with 2 kids. VJ is arrested for what looks like an open and shut case murder. Terry is the lowest member of the legal team defending him and really wants him to be found guilty......at the start. The tension as we await the inevitable first meeting between Terry and VJ in prison is nail-biting. They haven't seen each other for nearly 20 years. They didn't part well. Now VJ depends on Terry and his team. The more we find out about VJ the more we find out how despicable a human being he has become in the intervening years.
There are some great characters. I particularly love the desperately ill defence barrister, Christine and also love to hate Terry's vile, bullying colleague, who he secretly calls Adolf! The story takes place mainly in a vibrant London setting and it was really difficult to second guess what was going to happen. Also, I couldn't make my mind up as to whether I wanted the defendant to be found guilty or innocent.
A cracking read. Will be on the lookout for Mr Stone's next offering.....maybe he'll bring back some of the characters?
Throughout the book, there is this lingering question in the back of Terry's mind as to why he's helping the one man who destroyed his life. And, as we follow along, we come to realise that not everything looks as clear as it seems. There are loads of good murder mystery books out there but for once the main character is portrayed convincingly as a perfectly flawed human being who, as he struggles with the demons of the past, lives a perfectly flawed life. The murder mystery gripped me from the start because Terry's own story is so very well written and the measures he takes against some of his bullying colleagues made me not only laugh out loud but kept me grinning way past the scene. At the same time, I was wondering, like Terry, if I would help someone who had betrayed me as badly as Vernon James.
Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk, desperately trying to get promoted. And then he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite.
The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, turns out to be Terry's sworn enemy - a man who betrayed him and turned all his friends against him at university. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a man that he loathes?
So I love a good legal thriller. I like SOME Grisham, depending on how political it is and I used to adore Steve Martini's Paul Madriani books until they became way too much about government conspiracy theories. About the only legal thrillers I read these days belong to John Lescroart. When I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of "The Verdict" I was very excited, not least because Nick Stone's Mr Clarinet was a wonderful read so I knew the writing standard would be high.
I loved it. Immediately engrossed I could hardly bear to put it down. Vernon James is accused of murder - he claims innocence but the evidence is overwhelming. Terry knows Vernon of old - way back when, Vernon destroyed his life. When he is put on Vernon's case, Terry has to hide this old connection. However the past is about to come back to haunt both of them...
So well written and absolutely moving at a perfect pace, with some really terrific characters (I loved Christine, and absolutely adored Terry himself, he is so beautifully flawed in such a normal way) this was a well drawn and compelling mystery thriller. The courtroom scenes are genuinely exciting - and I do love that this is all set within the British legal system. You may not get a "You can't HANDLE the truth" moment because we British are not nearly so melodramatic, but you do get real sense of urgency and are never sure what is coming.
The resolution is clever and unexpected and I genuinely hope that Nick Stone will write more legal based novels - certainly I would love to see Terry back again to find out how he gets on!
Happy Reading Folks!
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interesting to the end. Where is his next one