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London in the 1960s: gang wars, corrupt police, vice and pornography. Ex-boxer Charles Holborne has plenty of opportunities to build his reputation with the criminal classes as a barrister who delivers. But Charles, an East End boy made good, is not all he seems, and his past is snapping at his heels.

When his philandering wife has her throat slashed, Holborne finds himself on the wrong side of the law and on the run. Can he discover the truth of the brutal slaying and escape the hangman's noose?

Based upon real Old Bailey cases and genuine court documents, The Brief is the first in barrister Simon Michael's series of compelling criminal dramas, an evocative slice of sleazy glamour from the swinging '60s. Simon Michael delivers an authentic and addictive listen for any crime fan.

©2015 Simon Michael (P)2017 Audible, Ltd.

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Excellent book

Excellently written, superbly narrated. Full of classic law drama filled with suspense and intrigue. I highly recommend this book. The performance absolutely brings these well -developed characters and circumstances to life. Well done author and performer.

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  • Bobbie
  • 09-21-17

Interesting

Enjoyed this book story and narrator will listen to the following books and hope they will be as good

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  • Derbydiva
  • 12-02-17

very true to life

I enjoyed the realistic detail of courtroom questioning, very sustained and believable. The portrayal of the police as willing to jump to the most obvious conclusions and push for conviction of an innocent victim is utterly believable and disquieting. It shows that in order to avoid false conviction a person really needs to be prepared to step outside the law. The continuing anti-Semitism in the insular world of the justice industry adds a further touch of disquiet. One feels more connected with the main character due to his having to continually overcome this 'handicap' despite his brilliance as a barrister.

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  • Lyndel
  • 10-22-17

Enjoyed The New Author

Great story. No spoilers at all.
Criminal Trial performance was fascinating. I like a bit of action, Charles is a ex boxer, handy with a B&B and hot wiring a car. His criminal clients are a source of reliable information when needed and that kind of banter made this a interesting novel. Not bad for a Barrister, sworn to uphold the law.
A pleasant surprise to find all the good reviews were correct for a change. So good I'm about to read the 2nd novel in the series.