Easily compares to his best works. Any limitations are really due to the characters and pace of the book itself.
I’ll see you in my dreams, by William Deverell and read by Steve Scherf was probably my best experience with one of Deverell’s books, and I’ve quite enjoyed the others I’ve listened to.
The book, the fifth on the series featuring Arthur Beauchamp, QC, is a reflection back on Beauchamp’s first case defending a capital charge. Beauchamp is, by this point, in the twilight of his career when a writer publishes his biography, causing him to reflect back on the case, and how his inexperience led to decisions that he has regretted since. Beauchamp believed that his client, Gabriel Swift, was innocent, and that the police had stacked the evidence against him. The story flips between present day and the early part of Beauchamp’s career. There aren’t a lot of surprises in the story line, but it is a hugely enjoyable story to listen to, particularly when well read. As usual, Deverell touches on a number of social issues, including aboriginal rights, women’s rights and the legal system in general. With a good part of the story set in the early 1960’s, it provides a good reference on how far we’ve come, while recognizing that we still have a way to go. The continued references to the musicians of the early ‘60s was pretty interesting/humorous as well.
Complimenting a great story was an excellent reading by Steve Scherf. As usual, this man of a thousand voices made a character-rich book very easy to follow, and very enjoyable to listen to. He brings the characters to life, and has captured the “voice” of the early 1960’s when the bulk of the story takes place.
Great book, great narration. What’s not to like?