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About John Mayer
John Mayer (b. 1952) was born in Glasgow, Scotland at a time of post-WW2 austerity. But in 1963 when he heard The Beatles on Radio Caroline, his life path was set. Aged 14 he walked out of school because, in his opinion, he wasn't being well taught. Every day for the next year, in all weathers, he cycled 9 miles to and 9 miles from the Mitchell Library in central Glasgow where he devoured books of all kinds.
While still an apprentice engineer he was soon teaching men two and three times his age.
But in the 1970s he 'dived off a cliff' and set out to become a Record Producer. He built his own record company trading in 14 countries. After a court battle with global giants, he went to the University of Edinburgh and became an Advocate in the Supreme Courts of Scotland. He acted for the downtrodden and desperate as well as Greenpeace International. His specialism was in fighting international child abduction.
As an author, John has written non-fiction, legal texts and articles; broadcasting to tens of millions of people on US and UK radio, TV and print media.
The Trial is the first novel in his Parliament House Books series. Set in Edinburgh, it's an homage to Franz Kafka's book of the same title. The Trial sees crusading Scottish Advocate, Brogan McLane, fight injustice casually delivered by Low Life in High Places in the Old Town.
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A maverick lawyer. A Russian conspiracy. How far will Brogan McLane go to uphold the law?
As an advocate in Scotland's highest court, Brogan McLane has always been relentless in his pursuit of justice. But when the suicide of a fellow lawyer reveals a scandal that could rock the integrity of Parliament House, McLane may be in over his head. He soon finds himself plunged into a mystery that could have dire consequences for himself, his family, and all of Scotland...
McLane's investigation links the suicide victim to a secret society, known as The Garden of Edin. This sinister cabal has infiltrated Parliament House, and wields untold power behind the scenes. As McLane struggles to untangle their web of lies and deceit, he unearths a vast conspiracy, with roots reaching back to the end of WWII...
With the aid of Russian hackers, this powerful group seeks to influence a critical vote that could sever Scotland's ties to England, and remove all nuclear weapons from the country's naval bases. The clock is ticking, and soon the final die will be cast...
For McLane, the stakes have never been higher. As Russian spies target his family with blackmail, the maverick lawyer must use unorthodox tactics, and his knowledge of the law, to enlist a higher power... the College of Justice, headed by Her Majesty the Queen. But can he convince this powerful ally of the truth, before Scotland's justice is usurped by a hostile foreign power?
The Trust is a standalone novel in the addictive Parliament House Scottish crime series. If you like crusading lawyers, sinister conspiracies, and edge-of-your-seat suspense, you'll love this relentless legal thriller.
Can Scotland's most determined lawyer stop a foreign power from breaking the United Kingdom apart? Read The Trust to find out today.
A defendant no one believes. A truth no one can face.Can a maverick lawyer find justice for an innocent mother and her child ?
As an Advocate in Scotland's Parliament House, Brogan McLane has dedicated his life to the pursuit of justice. His unorthodox methods and humble roots have earned him the reputation as a crusading maverick. And with that reputation come powerful enemies....
When McLane agrees to defend a mother accused of abusing her infant child, he finds himself up against a prosecutor with an axe to grind.Kenneth Karl Richardson Q.C. was born into wealth and privilege. Richardson believes he is superior to McLane by birthright. and he intends to prove it in court. Using the outdated science of so-called 'Medical Experts', and playing up the defendant's troubled past, Richardson hands McLane and his client a crushing defeat....
But McLane refuses to give up. He knows his client is innocent, and he has one chance left to prove it; he must win her case on appeal. To mount his defense, McLane must unearth a new bud on an old branch of medical science. But will it be enough to make the jury see his client as a grieving mother, rather than an abusive drug addict ? If he fails, an innocent woman will be sentenced to 35 years in prison. One year for every fractured bone in her suffering child's body...
The Bones is a standalone novel in the addictive Parliament House Scottish crime series. If you like crusading lawyers, medical mysteries, and courtroom drama, you'll love this gripping legal thriller.
Can Scotland's most determined lawyer stop an innocent mother from losing her child ? Read The Bonesto find out today.
A maverick lawyer. A corrupt oﬃcial. In Scotland's highest court, they will clash over the fate of an innocent child...
Advocate Brogan McLane has always been an outsider in Scotland's Supreme Courts. As comfortable at the Bar of the Court as he is in the local pub, his life has been an uphill struggle to ﬁnd justice. But in a world where personal agendas and politics ride roughshod over the law, men like McLane attract powerful enemies...
McLane soon ﬁnds himself in the legal battle of his life, when his wife takes in an African refugee child. Smuggled into Scotland and brutalized by criminals, the law has failed this young girl at every turn. Now, the smugglers behind her suﬀering plan to use political connections to deport her back to war-torn Africa... Unless McLane can stop them in court.
Standing against him is the most powerful law oﬃcer in the land... The Lord Advocate, a man who despises Brogan McLane. This petty oﬃcial only cares about advancing his career. And innocent or not, McLane's young client stands in his way...
From a devastated African village to the gleaming corridors of Buckingham Palace, McLane must use every legal trick up his sleeve to protect the young girl. But can he win her case in time? Or will justice drown in a storm of corruption?
The Order is a standalone novel in the addictive Parliament House Scottish crime series. If you like heroic lawyers, corrupt politics, and the struggle for justice, you'll love this triumphant legal thriller.
Can Scotland's most determined lawyer win justice for an innocent child? Read The Order and ﬁnd out today.
In Parliament House,scandal can be deadly.
A maverick lawyer. A secret worth killing for....
Brogan McLane has always been an outsider. Born on the wrong side of the tracks, he
learned to fight tooth and nail for justice in the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland. But
now, after years of of hard work and study, McLane has been 'Called to the Bar', and
become a member of the most prestigious legal club in the country; The Faculty of
Advocates in Parliament House...
But his legal career may be cut short before it even begins. In the wake of a seedy
sex scandal, a High Court Judge is found dead... murdered in his palatial estate. The
victim's wealthy and connected friends close ranks. One of them knows the killer's
identity, but they care more about appearances than justice. They need to pin the
heinous crime on a scapegoat. And who better than 'outsider' Brogan McLane...
Out on bail, his career on hold, McLane needs to get ahead of his enemies fast, or
go down for a crime he didn't commit. Enlisting the help of his scrappy Glasgow
friends, and an honest police commander, the rogue lawyer decides there's only one
way to clear his name... find the real killer!
From Russian mafia bordellos to the halls of Scotland's highest court, McLane
must use every trick in the book to catch a murderer as skilled at legal manipulation as
he is. But will it be enough to win the most important trial of his career... His own?
The Trial is the first standalone book in the addictive Parliament House Scottish
crime series. If you like heroic lawyers, scandalous twists, and edge-of-your-seat
suspense, you'll love this gripping legal thriller.
Praise for the Parliament House Series:
"Better than Scott Turow or John Grisham!" - Amazon Reviewer
"Plenty of twists and turns... I highly recommend this book!" - Bookliterati
"A great crime thriller..." - Goodreads
Can Scotland's most determined lawyer clear his name, and bring justice
to those who think they're above the law? Read The Trial and find out today.
Low Life in High Places in the Old Town
When Glasgow man Brogan McLane becomes an Advocate in the Supreme Courts of Scotland, he expects to find justice for all.
Instead he finds that too often the priorities of the Edinburgh boys have nothing to do with justice; rather they pursue slippery agendas of their own. Some are political, some personal, but all have their secret societies to which they have pledged their allegiance over the law. McLane is only one man, but he has right on his side.
"Beyond excellent. I cant remember the last time I stayed up ALL night because I couldn't put a book down. The Trial did that for me. A great book." Bobbie McKinlay 5 Stars!
"Brilliant! John Mayer writes better than Grisham or Turow. A great new talent. I loved this book." Rev F 5 stars!
"Very well written, absorbing legal thriller with amazingly realistic characters. A HUGE recommendation from me and a real MUST read." Nighthawk 5 Stars!
"John Mayer is a wonderful storyteller. I loved this book. I felt like I was in Parliament House with the characters." Mrs R 5 Stars!
"Although said to be dark, I see The Parliament House Books as expressing a fundamental faith or hope that right can triumph in court. The thrill is in Mr Mayer's bruising journey. I cannot wait to begin his third novel The Bones." AC 5 Stars!
"Never trust a junkie. In this wonderful novel, the medical and legal Establishments clash. An UNSTOPPABLE read." Bonnie K 5 stars!
"An engrossing, intelligent story though not for the faint hearted. By the end there were tears in my eyes." P Hooper 5 Stars!
A senior police officer, Chief Inspector Terry Imrie, is facing a Discipline Tribunal for making a minor mistake which let a scumbag who beat and robbed an old couple in their own home, walk free. But his top lawyer is stranded in court in another case. The Dean of Faculty instructs McLane to take Imrie’s case. McLane is full of enthusiasm until he sees under the Tribunal Table a line of highly polished black police boots; waiting to boot out the guilty man.Horrified that such a minor mistake can lead to such awful consequences for an honest police officer, McLane thinks he sees a way of interpreting the Police (Scotland) Regulations his way. But
will the Scottish Supreme Court agree with him? Can McLane really get the law changed in a way that leads to his client being re-instated and the scum being re-arrested and jailed for his awful crime?