A brilliant puzzle of a read, perfect for fans of Janice Hallett and Richard Osman.
The Hither Green murder...
William Benson knows what it's like to be accused of something you didn't do - the fear, the vulnerability and the nightmare of watching your life unravel. Now he speaks on behalf of those who have no voice, defending anyone who claims to be innocent. This time, it's Karmen Naylor, estranged daughter of a south London crime boss, fighting a murder charge and desperate to be believed. But Benson becomes trapped into a grudge match between two rival clans, endangering himself and those he loves.
Tess de Vere is by Benson's side but she's keeping something from him. A stranger on the trail of a state-sanctioned death squad operating in Northern Ireland during the Troubles brings a terrible secret into the heart of her own life. And he won't go away.
Can Tess and Will find their way through all the secrets and the lies? Should justice always be served - and if so, at what cost?
Praise for the Benson and de Vere series
'Assured storytelling and highly intriguing moral complexity. I tore through it' Chris Brookmyre
'The courtroom scenes are brilliant, and Benson really comes alive under pressure. Stubborn, fitful and contradictory, he's a highly individualised creation' Spectator
'Punchy dialogue and devious plotlines . . . compelling' The Times
William Brodrick was born in Bolton, Lancashire in 1960. Aged ten the family moved first to Australia and then Canada. He studied philosophy, theology and law, worked with homeless people in London, and then became a barrister, joining a set of chambers in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
He is the author of six Father Anselm novels. The Sixth Lamentation, was a Richard and Judy Book Club Selection, A Whispered Name won the CWA Gold Dagger for 2009 and The Day of the Lie received the Granice Crime Fiction Award at the Krakow Book Fair in 2012. Forced Confessions, the third book in the Benson and de Vere series, was shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger in 2021. He is married with three children. The family live in Normandy, France.