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The Verdict by [Stone, Nick]
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London now has its own John Grisham Mark Billingham A terrific legal thriller in which long-buried secrets acquire the force of deadly weapons ...The writing is vivid and energetic, and Stone has John Grisham's flair in the court scenes Guardian A rattling good read Daily Express One of our greatest crime novelists, Nick Stone takes on the legal thriller with this muscular and compelling novel ... A brilliant look at loyalty and justice, this is the best British legal thriller for years Catholic Herald A very enjoyable legal thriller Literary Review Combining an intricately crafted mystery with some fantastically tense court room scenes, this is a quite brilliant thriller Sunday Mirror Grips the attention from start to finish Choice magazine

About the Author

Nick Stone was born in Cambridge in 1966, the son of a Scottish father and a Haitian mother. His first novel, Mr Clarinet, won the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel and the Macavity Award for Best First Novel, and was nominated for The Barry Award for Best British Novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1088 KB
  • Print Length: 593 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0751543241
  • Publisher: Sphere (January 23, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 23, 2014
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DI7HNV6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,732 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk, desperately trying to get promoted. And then he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite.

The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, turns out to be Terry's sworn enemy - a man who betrayed him and turned all his friends against him at university. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a man that he loathes?

So I love a good legal thriller. I like SOME Grisham, depending on how political it is and I used to adore Steve Martini's Paul Madriani books until they became way too much about government conspiracy theories. About the only legal thrillers I read these days belong to John Lescroart. When I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of "The Verdict" I was very excited, not least because Nick Stone's Mr Clarinet was a wonderful read so I knew the writing standard would be high.

I loved it. Immediately engrossed I could hardly bear to put it down. Vernon James is accused of murder - he claims innocence but the evidence is overwhelming. Terry knows Vernon of old - way back when, Vernon destroyed his life. When he is put on Vernon's case, Terry has to hide this old connection. However the past is about to come back to haunt both of them...

So well written and absolutely moving at a perfect pace, with some really terrific characters (I loved Christine, and absolutely adored Terry himself, he is so beautifully flawed in such a normal way) this was a well drawn and compelling mystery thriller. The courtroom scenes are genuinely exciting - and I do love that this is all set within the British legal system.
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This came highly recommended by my son. I didn't like it to start with, but persevered and really got into it. It's exciting and well-paced - a page-turner with an outcome that I couldn't anticipate. The machinations of justice and the law - two very different things, as the story reveals - are fascinating, and also the book took me back to a lot of very familair London locations, which was fun.
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Intelligently written. Good characters. Plenty of twists kept things interesting. Interesting insight into the British justice system. Looking forward to Nick Stone's next book.
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nick stone is an excellent thriller writer and he has the ability to make you feel that you are really present when the action happens. The only problem is to view the action from the vantage point of view of the journalist covering the Court case . The court room thriller has worked well since the era of Perry Mason in America but the English legal system in which the barrister is not getting involved in the difficult part of unearthing new evidence . So the writer has to produce newspaper reports at the end of the book. is not very satisfactory. But the hapless Vernon James in the messy hotel room is unforgettable.
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This is such a clever book. Rarely is one able to take a peek at how a defence barrister plans his case, and how "the game is played" in a courtroom.

This is a work of fiction, and I have no doubt many liberties were taken. Certainly some of the goings on were, shall we say, not strictly ethical. However, one is drawn into the narrative and there are some surprising twists and turns. The characters are finely drawn, and one frequently asked, did he, or didn't he? That is the question. The end will surprise you.
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This book was radically different from Stone's other three books, but I enjoyed the genre shift. I am not one for legal thrills, but this one kept my attention. The story was well crafted and I enjoyed all aspects of the book, from the crime, the lawyer's preparation for the trial and the final trail scene. There were times when pieces fell into place a tad too well and didn't seem extremely authentic, but it was still a good read, if perhaps a bit long (500 pages). I am interested to see what direction Stone goes for his next novel.
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Really enjoyed this fast paced story. Good legal triller. In early Grishman mold. Set aside time, sit down and read
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Really good. Ordered his other books as soon as I finished this one
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