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The accused, Brogan McLane, is thrown into jail on the flimsiest of circumstantial evidence. After a few days of incarceration, his first taped meeting with his lawyer and a police interviewer begins with McLane cursing and threatening to break someone’s neck. Bear in mind that McLane is an Advocate (in the author’s definition, “…equivalent to an English Barrister.” It is hard to believe that someone familiar with the law would (in this instance) potentially incriminate himself with this initial part of his interview.
There are more inconsistencies, both with the plot as well as characterizations. McLane is initially painted as tough, brought up on the streets and someone who could have been a hoodlum, yet he breaks down and cries as soon as he is put in a cell. This is not the same person who saw a man have his hand anchored to a table with a knife and didn’t so much as blink. This uneven portrait makes it difficult for a reader to identify with a main character of the book. Brief looks at some other characters offered little to justify some of their actions.
Near the middle of the book, author John Mayer began to hit his stride. His background as an Advocate helped the descriptions of the trial, and this section of the book turned out to be the best, even though hampered by the contrived case against McLane. The ending was satisfactory, the unexpected twist tying everything together and making me feel much better about my decision to read the entire story and not set the book aside. Three-and-a-half stars, with the trial and story wrap-up helping to round it to four.
Giles got out of there in a hurry.
Ms. Mary McCracken (61, housekeeper) had found the body of Lord Aldounhill.
He had been stabbed in the neck.
The funeral/burial were held.
Reverend Tom Strang had read the eulogy.
Jimmy Robertson (Queen’s Macer, Parliament House) was to be interviewed.
Brogan McLane (Glaswegian, Scottish High Court Advocate) was next. His solicitor Mr. Garrad Fitzgerald (Glasgow) was present.
Professor Sir Isaac Neuberger had confirmed the trace Sample of purple lipstick that was found on Lord Aldounhill’s neck.
Duncan McIntyre (QC) called the order to the meeting.
Lord Strathcarrington, Lord Jamieson (Scotland Lord Justice General), Lord Marchion “Marchie”, & Jimmy were present.
The trial HMA v Brogan McLane: Brogan “Maverick” McLane has been charged with the murder of Lord Aldounhill.
Garrad Fitzgerald was Brogan’s solicitor, Mr. Duncan McIntyre is the QC.
Joanne McLane wife) was at the trial also.
What did Thomas “Big Joe” Mularkey (Glasgow) find out from Darren Walker?
What happens to Sir Aubrey Winstanley?
Officer James Thomas Delaney, & Ms. Brenda Curry were called to the witness stand.
Professor Sir Isaac Neuberger & Professor Nadia Suilleman presented their opinions also.
Madam Foreman, have you reached a verdict?
I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one.
A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written who-dun-it murder mystery book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great who-dun-it murder mystery movie, or better yet a mini TV series. Jolly Old England. A very easy rating of 5 stars.
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Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
With attention to detail that can only have come from thorough research, Author John Mayer walks the reader through the travesty of a rigged investigation, resulting in trumped-up charges and a jury trial. All the while, Brogan’s friends are working in the background (not necessarily with kid gloves) to clear his name.
I enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot. Although the Scottish dialect spoken by some of the characters was a bit difficult for me (born in Canada, living in the USA) to absorb at first read, it added authenticity to the dialogue. My only cavil is that I would have liked to see more depth of character development for the major players. We learn very little about Brogan and Joanne (his wife) beyond the actual events driving the story. They felt two-dimensional to me.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read that held my attention to the end.
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