After five years, lawyer Hugh Gwynne's most difficult case has finally come to court. His client Tom Deacon is claiming damages for post-traumatic stress after a car accident in which he witnessed the death of his young daughter by fire. The case is going well; it seems certain Tom will win the compensation that will enable him to pick up the pieces of his shattered life....more
Bristol and London (U.K)..
Hugh Gwynne, Tom Deacon, Lizze, Charlie, Lou, Montgomery, DI Steadman, Denzel Lewis
Lawyer Hugh Gwynne lives peacefully in a village nearby Bristol, with his wife Lizze and two adopted children Charlie and Lou. One day when he was away in London representing a case for his firm, Hugh's wife Lizze dies in fire accident in his house under suspicious circumstances. Police and fire brigade de ...more
Readers of courtroom dramas should enjoy this, and for those unfamiliar with Ms. Francis, her style sometimes reminds me of the writing of fellow British author Robert Goddard, and the crime fiction of cla ...more
It concerns a lawyer representing a client claiming damages for post traumatic stress following the death of his daughter in a horrific car accident. The lawyer's wife is then killed in a house fire which he is convinced was arson.
It was a good enough story but for me it lacked pace, it seemed ages before we got to the main plot, ...more
A moderately intriguing story line which took some time to build. Once we got there essentially it is about a dependable sort of chap representing a less than dependable chap claiming damages for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A few surprises follow that are best ...more
When something happens to throw Hugh's personal life into turmoil, he gives way to his instincts against ...more
I gather Clare Francis was ailing when she wrote this book, and perhaps that's why. I'd like to read more of her. I still think she write ...more
Plagued by nightmares, guilt, depression and other PTS symptoms, Tom Deacon, tries to outsmart the legal system.
His lawyer, Hugh Gwynne faces his own personal tragedy during the trial and has to withdraw from the case as he uncovers police deception and corruption
Clare Francis creates great tension that is not resolved until the end. The two story lines can be confusing at times.