Charles Holborne. A Barrister that changed his name from Charles Horowitz to improve his chances in the legal profession.
Charles Holborne, the man whose morals and ethics keep him sane.
Those morals and ethics are about to be tested.
In the previous two books in this series Charles Holborne has acted as a defence Barrister in some high profile cases. He has lost his wife, who he was arrested for murdering; he has gone head to head with crooked Police Officers; annoyed the Kray Twins, and been alienated by his peers. He has started relationships and lost his families trust.
In this book, we find out more about Charles. How his family were bombed out of their home during the blitz. How the young Charles ran away from being a refugee in Carmarthen, and returned to his bombed-out home. How he ended up working with family on tugs and barges on the Thames before joining the RAF to become a fighter pilot.
When, in 1964, one of the boat crew is accused of murder Charles is immersed in the working boat world of the Thames again.
The story looks at the gangland culture of London. Examines the bribery and corruption by, and off, Police Officer’s in and around Soho. Delves into the Gay culture of the mid 60’s, and its dangers.
In 1964 Charles is just beginning to attract clients again, but is living under the threat of being on Ronnie Kray’s “list”.
Merlin is accused of Murdering a Waterguard, a 1960’s river Policeman, come Customs Officer, and Charles is manipulated into representing him in Court: But who is Merlin and why has Charles been made to represent him.
The answers, to those question, lie in this marvellously written story. Not only does this book stand alone as a good novel, but it complements the two previous books. The reader will learn more about Charles, his youth, his family, and his private life.
I love books which have me reaching for the internet to research things that are mentioned in them. I spent ages looking at the world of the boat workers of the Thames. I found myself reading about the London gang wars of the 1960’s.
I picked this book up and was immediately hooked, 5 hours later I put it down, finished.
I can’t remember the last time I read a book, from front to back, in one sitting.
Publisher: Urbane Publications
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