Elliot Rook QC is one of the greatest barristers of his generation.
He is also a complete fraud.
Elliot Rook is the epitome of a highly successful, old Etonian QC. Or so everyone believes. In fact, he is an ex-petty criminal with a past that he has spent decades keeping secret. Until now.
An unidentified young woman of Middle Eastern origin has been found murdered on the outskirts of Rook’s home town. Billy Barber – a violent football hooligan and white-supremacist – is accused of her murder. Barber insists that Rook must defend him. If Rook refuses, Barber will expose him, bringing crashing to the ground the life and career that Rook has spent his life building.
The truth is there for the finding. But at what cost?
A really absorbing and brilliantly plotted legal drama from an author who knows his stuff.
Rook is an excellent main protagonist, highly engaging and the courtroom scenes are excellent, encompassing the dryness of the British justice system whilst also being entertainingly unexpected.
The plot is fast moving whilst also offering some thought provoking scenes- this was a novel where wit, humour and serious subject matter combine into a right old page turner of a read. The author does an excellent job of blurring the lines and offers up some engaging and divisive characters to adore or rail against whilst the mystery at the heart of it all is highly compelling.
I really hope to see lots more of Rook in the future. Here is a British set legal drama that has all the entertainment levels of the usually more manic U.S. set stories.
Thoroughly enjoyable. Highly Recommended.