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 not only someone he knows, but someone he loathes. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him so badly? With the trial date looming, Terry delves deeper into Vernon's life and is forced to confront secrets from their shared past that could have devastating consequences for them both. For years he has wanted to witness Vernon's downfall, but with so much at stake, how can Terry be sure that he is guilty? And what choices must he make to ensure that justice is done?
The Verdict is some distance from the Haitian-set nightmare of Nick Stone’s debut novel Mr Clarinet, and rests firmly in John Grisham territory (but sporting a UK setting), with an inexperienced lawyer finding himself sinking into ever deeper legal waters (the clue here is the publisher’s own strapline: ‘2014’s biggest legal thriller’). But the author has handled the change of gears with real aplomb: couched in prose that is direct and visceral, this is terrific stuff, with a winning hero in its tyro lawyer Flynt, and an unrelenting narrative grip right up to its courtroom climax.
Publication date: 31/07/2014
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
|Publication date:||31st July 2014|
|Publisher:||Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery,|
Nick Stone was born in Cambridge in 1966, the son of a Scottish father and a Haitian mother. His first novel, Mr Clarinet, won the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel and the Macavity Award for Best First Novel, and was nominated for The Barry Award for Best British Novel.More About Nick Stone