Sixteen years later Tess overhears a couple of hacks mocking a newcomer to the London Bar, a no-hoper with a murder conviction, running hi ...more
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I liked the concept of this book. The introduction was good with Will Benson being sentenced to life for a murder he maintained he did not commit. Hearing him restate this is Tess de Vere a nineteen year old trainee solicitor. She believes him. After Will is released on parole, having admitted to the murder, Tess comes across him ag ...more
Sixteen years later, Benson is out of prison and the lead defence in the trial of Mr Justice Kenneth Oakshott, R v Collingstone. Sarah Collingstone, single parent to Daniel, her disabled son, i ...more
Tess de Vere met Benson when she was a student on work experience and he was awaiting the verdict for his murder trial. He said he was innocent and she believed him. But in order to be paroled, after some years Benson has to admit his guilt So he does. He used his time wisely and studied, eventually earning a law degree. Although many roa ...more
Our main two, Will and Tess have an emotional start to their interaction when Will is convicted of murder. Years later, having served his time and taken on the law as a career (not that easy with a murder conviction) Tess comes across him again - and again decides to help him. The levels of both characters are explored sl ...more
The premise is the unlikely one of a convicted murderer qualifying for the Bar and then setting up as a barrister when he gets parole. His side-kick sat in on his trial 16 years ago as a law student and is now a solicitor, and they are ...more
The plot idea for Summary Justice really stood out to me when I picked it up earlier this year. A convicted murderer being allowed to practice law is both paradoxical and intriguing. The two main elements to this book that kept me reading were William Benson himself and the complexity of both his character and storyline. Benson is out of prison and is fighting all the animosity that comes wit ...more
Summary Justice appealed to me because the barrister, William Benson is also a convicted criminal. I felt sure that this must be a huge mistake; surely a person who has served time in prison for murder cannot practice law? But, yes, they can, and Benson's past is central to the plot of ...more
The author is in fact William Brodrick who writes the Brother Anselm series of mysteries. They are sophisticated stories which pose serious moral and spiritual dilemmas. This new novel retains the moral dimension but has less of the spiritual.
William Benson is a convicted murderer, who claims his innocence but has signed a confession in order to practise as a barrister. Solicitor Tess De Vere, an ...more
The story line is excellent and holds the reader spell bound through a lot of twists and turns that are never seen coming. The characters are well rounded and very robust which makes the whole very ...more
Summary Justice is set largely in the Old Bailey criminal court in London. For me (having read so many US based thrillers of late) it was good to return home to good old English justice…
William Benson is a barrister, but he is not your conventional barrister. He spent 16 years in gaol (not jail!) for a murder he may – or may not – have committed. Anyway, he always protested his innocence – not least to Tess de Vere who was a young intern working with his defence lawyers at the time. She believed ...more
How to Get Away with Murder's Annalise Keating better watch her back, there's a new badass lawyer in town.
When I say that I couldn't put Summary Justice down, I wholly mean it. I didn't want to eat or sleep, I just wanted to get to the bottom of this case. After finishing this book in a day and a half, it's not hard to see why the rights have been snapped up by Potboiler Television (producers of The Const ...more
Wow, this is the first legal thriller that made me cry. I’m not sure what I feel right now....but it’s definitely a touching story that I can feel my heart still grieving for prejudice and injustice in this world. I usually read US legal so this one is my first British legal thriller. He courtroom drama is totally different; less theatrical, less thrilling but emotional and very real. I’m always team underdog and Summary Justice is just that....outcast underdog lawyer struggling and fig ...more
If you enjoyed the fabulous Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow, you will LOVE this. ...more
JOHN FAIRFAX’S NEW NOVEL, SUMMARY JUSTICE, opens with the sentencing of twenty-one-year-old philosophy student William Benson for a murder that he may or may not have committed. Although Benson has professed his innocence to Tess de Vere, the young law student shadowing the trial, he later admits his guilt and begins the long road to getting his law degree in prison. Sixteen years later, Benson is free and, against all odds, has set up his own practice in London's Spitalfields, in a former fishm ...more
I think the fact that I finished this book in 2 days clearly shows that when I say I couldn't put in down, I mean it. The mystery, intrigue and characters in this book got a grip on me and just would not let go. A part of me almost wished I carried on with law (although my dismal A-level results would argue with me there.
When it co ...more
It is obvious that the author is an expert in legal technicalities and these are what William Benson has studied whilst in prison making him a formidable and unexpectedly clever opponent i ...more
John Fairfax is the pen name of William Brodrick who practised as a barrister before becoming a full-time novelist. Under his own name he is a previous winner of the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger Award and his first novel was a Richard and Judy selection.