The definitive British Legal Thriller – London’s answer to John Grisham.
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?
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 his former friend’s downfall, but with so much at stake, how can Terry be sure that Vernon is guilty? And what choices must he make to ensure that justice is done?
Packed with twists, turns and an unforgettable trial scene, THE VERDICT is the most page-turning British legal thriller in many years.
I love a good legal thriller and this is one of the best I have read, ever. This is one of those books that grabbed me from the start, it is a little long, some may find it too long and at 512 pages for the printed version some might find it too long, lucky for me I read it on the kindle so weight wasn´t an issue.
I loved the way it was written, in the first person from the point of view of a law clerk, brilliant, a lowly clerk is the star of the show rather than some hot shot lawyer.
The author is great with details, there are so many, that’s probably why it is so long, but if they weren’t there the book just wouldn´t be the same, details and more details, even the smallest of details is great.
Terry Flint is the main character, the star, the lowly clerk, who is just trying to get by and support his family and have a decent life in a life of high rollers. He hasn´t had the most easy of lives and his past catches up with him in the book.
I savoured every word, the details and descriptions, I loved this book, i can highly recommend for those who want a good legal thriller, there are so many twists and turns you will be biting your nails.
Having lived in London for many years it was great to read about places I knew well.
As you read on you will make your own verdict, I wonder if you get it right???????
The title and the cover aren´t really anything to talk about, nothing special there.
About the author
Nick Stone was born in Cambridge, England in 1966. When he was six months old he was sent to live with his grandparents in Haiti, where he remained for the next four years.
Nick returned to England in 1970, where he has lived on and off ever since In his teens Nick was a keen amateur boxer before giving it up to read history at Cambridge University.
After graduating he worked numerous jobs, ranging from the successful (legal clerk, dishwasher) to the not-so successful (miscellaneous white collar office jobs).
In 1996, Nick returned to Haiti for the first time in twelve years, which inspired his first novel, Mr Clarinet.
Upon publication in 2006, Mr Clarinet was a critical and commercial success, winning several international awards including, in the UK, the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, for best thriller of the year, the International Thriller Writers Award for best first novel, and the Macavity Award for best first novel, in the USA, both in 2007. The French translation, Tonton Clarinette, won the public-voted SNCF Prix du Polar in 2009.
Nick’s subsequent books are King of Swords (2007) and Voodoo Eyes (2011), both featuring Max Mingus, the central character from his debut. The books are notable for being out of sequence (King of Swords is a prequel to Mr Clarinet, Voodoo Eyes the sequel) and different in construction one from the other.