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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (1999)
  • ASIN: B007EQ3QB8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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WEBSITE AND BLOG: www.deverell.com

Bill Deverell was a journalist for seven years, graduating in law in 1963. His criminal practice involved work for both prosecution and defence, and he worked in civil rights, labour, and environmental law. He is a founding director, former president, now honourary director of the B. C. Civil Liberties Association.

His first novel, Needles, won the $50,000 Seal Prize in l979 and the Book of the Year Award in l98l. His subsequent novels include High Crimes, Mecca, The Dance of Shiva, Platinum Blues, Mindfield, Kill All the Lawyers, Street Legal, Trial of Passion, Slander, The Laughing Falcon, Mind Games, April Fool, Kill All the Judges, Snow Job, and, his latest, I'll See You in My Dreams. He is author of the true crime book A Life on Trial - the Case of Robert Frisbee, based on a celebrated murder trial which he defended. His novels have been translated into fourteen languages and sold worldwide. All but two continue in print.

Trial of Passion won the 1997 Dashiell Hammett award, for literary excellence in crime writing in North America, as well as the Arthur Ellis prize in crime writing in Canada. It featured the classically trained, self-doubting Arthur Beauchamp, a trial lawyer who became Deverell's first series protagonist, in April Fool (also an Ellis winner), Kill All the Judges (shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Prize in humour), and Snow Job, a political novel set in Ottawa, which has been similarly shortlisted. He has been referred to as a national Treasurer by the Toronto Star and received the Best Canadian Crime Writer award at the Scene of the Crime Festival in Ontario. In October, 2011, he was awarded an honourary doctor of letters from Simon Fraser University.

He wrote the screenplay Shellgame for CBC-TV drama, which served as the pilot for CBC's long-running series Street Legal, and he is the creator of that series, which has run internationally in more than 50 countries. In 1991-92, he served as Visiting Professor in the Creative Writing Department, University of Victoria. In 1994 he served as Chair of the Writers' Union of Canada, and again in 1999. He lives on Pender Island, British Columbia, and in Costa Rica. His website is www.deverell.com, with a link to his active blog.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Weiss on June 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
Elizabeth Finnegan is a brash, young, opinionated and outspoken beautiful young women living an outrageously off-the-wall, outré lifestyle. A talented and busy litigation lawyer in a well-respected downtown law firm, she's also not afraid to loudly voice her liberal, left-leaning political views. When Hugh Vandergraaf, a charismatic senior judge with aspirations to the US Supreme Court, hands down a slap-in-the-wrist sentence on a rape conviction, Finnegan goes ballistic. She holds a press conference liberally dispensing with vicious sound bites in which she criticizes the judge as a brainless "ego-testic1e" member of some old boy's club. Of course, this earns her a trip to the proverbial judiciary woodshed in which she is soundly spanked and given a warning by Judge Vandergraaf to conduct herself with greater decorum lest she be hauled up before the bench on charges of contempt.

Still seething from the very public dressing down she had received at Vandergraaf's hands, Finnegan is appalled when, a few days later, a woman arrives in her office with a story that Vandergraaf had raped her when she was attending university more than twenty-five years earlier. Although the rape is statute barred in the state of Washington because of the elapsed number of years, Finnegan is told that the act was actually committed on a sailing trip in Canadian waters. When she undertakes to charge Vandergraaf in Canada and extradite him to face a Canadian justice system (which has no such statute of limitations on sexual assault or rape), she is sued for slander in Washington. If she loses, she faces a lifetime crippling $4 million in punitive damages and the certain loss of her career.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janice E. Levin on June 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
A great, thrilling courtroom drama about a little known law - the law on slander. A very surprising twist to the story. Women liberationists will love it! Even though it was written by a man it is definately a woman's story. Should be better known and better reviewed in this country. Definately a hidden gem. I hope that a good U.S. publisher picks it up and promotes/sells it like it deserves.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hermy on January 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
What a fantastic book. Lots of great twists. A must read! Deverell is one of the best!
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