BLIND DEFENCE is a thrilling courtroom drama novel from Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger winning author John Fairfax.
'Vivid and exciting' The Times
WINNER OF THE PRIX DU MASQUE
She was found hanging in a dingy London bedsit with a blood orange in her mouth. Diane Heybridge, a young woman without a past or much of a future, has captured in death the compassion denied her in life.
For the prosecution, this seeming suicide is nothing more than a bungled killing and a disgusted public looks to Court 2 of the Old Bailey for justice. Her callous, jilted partner Brent Stainsby stands accused of her murder and he's turned to the maverick legal team William Benson and Tess de Vere to defend him.
However, as the trial unfolds it soon becomes clear that there is far more to Diane Heybridge than meets the eye. She wasn't the weak and downtrodden victim now being presented to the jury. She was capable of a sophisticated form of vengeance. By the same token, Brent Stainsby isn't who he seems to be either. He's hiding a motive for murder unknown to the police and may well be playing a deadly game of poker with the judicial process. What began as a simple trial rapidly turns into a complex search for the truth beyond the confines of the courtroom...
Intriguing . . . packed with accurate legal detail, the story never loses its grip - it is no surprise it's been optioned for TV - Daily Mail on Summary Justice
An all-action court drama - Sunday Times on Summary Justice
Benson is a compelling character. The court scenes are irresistible, with as many twists and turns as you could want - Irish Times on Summary Justice