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5.0 out of 5 starsSomething Different
Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2017
This book was my introduction to William Deverell. I enjoyed his somewhat off-kilter cast of characters and unusual style. Mixing one lawyer's attempts to write his first mystery novel with the mystery taking place was kind of fun. I dislike mysteries that begin with an interesting premise and then evolve into machine gun shootouts with dead bodies everywhere and the lone hero saving all the "right" people; so if that kind of action is what you're looking for, you'll probably want to try something else. Try "Kill All the Lawyers" if you're looking for something a bit out of the ordinary and enjoy PBS-style mysteries and unique characters.
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2013
William Deverell is a real gem among mystery writers. He has created memorable characters, each with their personal hangups and quirks, that no-one will take completely seriously. Their various interactions, libidinous and otherwise, woven together with Deverell's masterful command of the English language and intimate knowledge of British Columbia's west coast and Gulf Islands and their cultures, make for a book that you will want to read and reread. As if that were not enough, the intricate plot, laced with numerous red herrings, keeps the reader guessing well into the final paragraphs. An additional bonus: it's not hard to pick out certain prominent BC personalities, thinly disguised in the plot.
Very enjoyable book, many humours situations and hilarious outcomes. I live close to the location the author has selected for this book and I also have many friends in the legal profession, therefore I can relate to the characters and the stories ring true for me.
Reviewed in the United States on December 11, 2018
I hadn't read William Deverell for years but found a copy of Kill All the Lawyers prior to an island vacation while loitering in a thrift shop. I picked it up and discovered a great crime thriller, but also the funniest book I read all year. Deverell writes out of the wacky legal society of Vancouver B.C., which, according to him, is composed of oddballs, reprobates and occasionally corrupt lawyers, cops and judges. When someone decides to hurry along attrition in this community by means of murder, two of the early targets belong to the august firm of Pomeroy, MacArthur, Brovak and Sage. Narrated variously by letter, third person, and the lived experience of hapless articling student Wentworth Chance, Kill All the Lawyers tells a coherent, suspenseful and hilarious story. Highly recommended over expensive wine, charged to an expense account.
5.0 out of 5 starsA legal thriller - with a great twist
Reviewed in the United States on April 13, 2013
This is a review of the audio version of Kill All The Lawyers by William Deverell Narrated by Steve Scherf and Beverley Elliott. I picked up this audiobook on the strength of Needles, which I listened to a few weeks back. That was an interesting book, good enough for me to go and get the other two available on audio. A lawyer is killed after successfully defending a client in Vancouver. Shortly after, there are a few near misses and then a second lawyer is killed. What started as a tragedy quickly escalates into panic among the Vancouver legal community; someone is taking Shakespeare all too seriously: "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." The story follows a series of characters through this period, dealing with all their secrets, including one of the main characters escape to the Caribbean to avoid a divorce suit after his wife discovers his extramarital affair. All of this is done in an entertaining, fun way. I think that Deverell really wanted to write a book in the mystery style of, say, an Agatha Christie. The result is a thoroughly Canadian take, complete with wit and humor, and lawyerly sex escapades thrown in for good measure. The ending had some great twists, an excellent homage to the genre of Christie or Rex Stout. This book could have been difficult to listen to. It jumps from character to character, locale to locale, and while it may have been easy to follow in print form, listening to it while dodging traffic in a car could have been challenging. The reason that it wasn't is entirely due to the tremendous narration of Steve Scherf. He doesn't just read the narrative, he brings the characters to life, each with a distinctive voice. It is a genuine pleasure to hear him narrate the book. Good book, excellent narration - 5 stars
5.0 out of 5 starsGood writing never goes out of style
Reviewed in the United States on March 9, 2014
I first read this book many years ago, attracted by the title. In those days I didn't know much about character development, but what I did know is that the characters in this book leaped off the page. They were unique, they were unusual, and they did and said things 'normal' people would do in pursuit of their daily lives. I loved that, and still do about this author's writing. And as if that wasn't enough, it's a darned good story.