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Summary Justice: 'An all-action court drama' Sunday Times

John Fairfax

5 Reviews

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Benson and De Vere, Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

The first book in a brilliant new courtroom drama series, set to become a major television drama.

The last time Tess de Vere saw William Benson she was a law student on work experience. He was a twenty-one year old, led from the dock of the Old Bailey to begin a life sentence for murder. He'd said he was innocent. She'd believed him.

Sixteen years later Tess overhears a couple of hacks mocking a newcomer to the London Bar, a no-hoper with a murder conviction, running his own show from an old fishmonger's in Spitalfields. That night she walks back into Benson's life. The price of his rehabilitation - and access to the Bar - is an admission of guilt to the killing of Paul Harbeton, whose family have vowed revenge. He's an outcast. The government wants to shut him down and no solicitor will instruct him. But he's subsidised by a mystery benefactor and a desperate woman has turned to him for help: Sarah Collingstone, mother of a child with special needs, accused of slaying her wealthy lover. It's a hopeless case and the murder trial, Benson's first, starts in four days. The evidence is overwhelming but like Benson long ago, she swears she's innocent. Tess joins the defence team, determined to help Benson survive. But as Benson follows the twists and turns in the courtroom, Tess embarks upon a secret investigation of her own, determined to uncover the truth behind the death of Paul Harbeton on a lonely night in Soho.

True to life, fast-paced and absolutely compelling, SUMMARY JUSTICE introduces a new series of courtroom dramas featuring two maverick lawyers driven to fight injustice at any cost.

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Praise for Summary Justice: 'An all-action court drama' Sunday Times

  • Brilliant, flawed and utterly compelling, William Benson is the ultimate underdog lawyer who will have you fearing for his safety and cheering his every victory. Truly not to be missed. - CWA Gold Dagger winning author, Michael Robotham

  • Benson is a compelling character.The court scenes are irresistible, with as many twists and turns as you could want - Irish Times

  • An elegant, intricate legal thriller with nerve-shredding courtroom action - Sunday Mirror

  • Intriguing . . . packed with accurate legal detail, the story never loses its grip - it is no surprise it's been optioned for TV - Daily Mail

  • I followed his trials, tribulations and eventual triumph with great enjoyment. This unusual courtroom drama is quick-witted and vividly imagined - Literary Review

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