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Summary Justice Audiobook

Summary Justice

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The last time Tess de Vere saw William Benson, she was a law student on work experience. He was a 21-year-old, led from the dock of the Old Bailey to begin a life sentence for murder. He'd said he was innocent. She'd believed him.

Sixteen years later Tess overhears a couple of hacks mocking a newcomer to the London Bar, a no-hoper with a murder conviction, running his own show from an old fishmonger's in Spitalfields. That night she walks back into Benson's life. The price of his rehabilitation - and access to the bar - is an admission of guilt to the killing of Paul Harbeton, whose family have vowed revenge. He's an outcast. The government wants to shut him down, and no solicitor will instruct him. But he's subsidised by a mystery benefactor, and a desperate woman has turned to him for help: Sarah Collingstone, mother of a child with special needs, accused of slaying her wealthy lover. It's a hopeless case, and the murder trial, Benson's first, starts in four days. The evidence is overwhelming, but, like Benson long ago, she swears she's innocent.

Tess joins the defence team, determined to help Benson survive. But as Benson follows the twists and turns in the courtroom, Tess embarks upon a secret investigation of her own, determined to uncover the truth behind the death of Paul Harbeton on a lonely night in Soho. True to life, fast-paced and absolutely compelling, Summary Justice introduces a new series of courtroom dramas featuring two maverick lawyers driven to fight injustice at any cost.

©2017 John Fairfax (P)2016 Little Brown Book Group

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    Grumpy Scot London, uk 12/03/2017
    Grumpy Scot London, uk 12/03/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Best book for a very long time. And I'm 67."

    LIke other reviewers, I couldn't put this down. It's clear, fast paced and sounds good.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Judith 10/03/2017
    Judith 10/03/2017

    I am an avid multi tasker, I love to listen as I walk, ride, clean... Mostly love crime novels but have an occasional foray into other genre

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    "Excellent excellent excellent"

    This is my first 5 star review and I've been listening to audible books for 7 years! This story was clever interesting emotional. Characters and plot well drawn. Better than any court room drama I've read. Especially good as it has been written by a barrister so you feel it is based upon genuine procedure. Narration complimented the story well. I have genuine remorse that the next book hasn't been written yet!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 24/03/2017
    Patricia 24/03/2017
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    "Hope this is first of a series!"

    Really pleased to have found this author and only did so because Daniel Weyman is one of my favourite narrators. It's a well-plotted story with very convincing court scenes and an intriguing main character. Some questions about him still to be answered, so hoping that there'll be a follow-up!

    Recommend this book to anyone who likes legal dramas and complex characters. As always, extremely well interpreted by Daniel Weyman, who has a real gift for bringing stories to life.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Waterlooville, UK 04/03/2017
    Simon Waterlooville, UK 04/03/2017 Member Since 2017

    A man with a child in his ears - @shutterspin

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    "Brief Encounters!"

    I think Audible have a real gem here and they really need to give it some air. This book introduces a quite unique protagonist. William Benson is a convicted murderer who has fought his way to the heights of the legal profession. What unfolds includes what is in part a traditional British courtroom drama with what to me were very fresh twists on staple evidential plot lines such as DNA and eye-witness sightings.

    The legal process was clearly well understood, although I thought the author had got one point wrong . . . until I looked it up! Since then I have discovered that John Fairfax is a new pen name for the award-winning William Brodrick who of course worked as a QC himself which explains his depth of understanding.

    The reason I really liked this book though is that it never feels dry and dusty like some courtroom dramas can. Fairfax weaves a clever plot with a number of ingenious twists populated by characters of interest and depth. The intrigue surrounding Benson himself is considerable and clearly set to continue as the series develops. There is warmth, very occasional humour and the author displays an instinctive empathy with his characters.

    Daniel Weyman is a narrator that I am familiar with through the Roy Grace series and C J Sansom's excellent "Dominion". He is always good but this is just a notch above his other performances with excellent voicing of each of the characters.

    In summary even though it does not seem to be getting a lot of publicity at the time of writing this feels like a series with real potential. An almost made for TV feel pervades some of it. I'm definitely aboard for the ride and to see if Fairfax can develop it further.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Lucy 16/03/2017
    Lucy 16/03/2017
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    "A great listen!"

    Very engaging story and superb narration. More than one mystery to solve and a protagonist you want to hear more of.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Louisa Freshwater Bay, United Kingdom 09/04/2017
    Louisa Freshwater Bay, United Kingdom 09/04/2017 Member Since 2014

    Painter, jeweller, teacher. Passionate listener to audiobooks and reader of print books.

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    "Catnip!! - where's the sequel?"

    Unpudownable - or rather un-stop-listen-to-able - brilliant story with excellent new characters - can't wait for the next one! I couldn't stop listening - a brilliant reader and if you like courtroom dramas this is top stuff. A slight criticism of some passages in the story - I won't tell you anything - but really, this is a thriller and you have to except some rather unbelievable passages. This does nothing to detract from the interaction between the characters or one's desperate desire for the next part of the story!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Úna 18/05/2017
    Úna 18/05/2017 Member Since 2016

    Studying Architecture - I love to lsiten to Audiobooks while I work. Favourite authors include Toni Morrison, Margaret Atwood & Donna Tartt.

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    "I feel neutral about this book"
    What did you like best about Summary Justice? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed hearing a little bit about the UK legal education system with which I am not familiar. I thought the characters were fine and the plot was engaging for three quarters of the novel. The final part of the book was too contrived and convoluted for me and the resolution felt lacking in substance despite the various last minute twists. I hated one unnecessary event near the end of the book, though brief it was upsetting and really had no meaning for the story.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The least interesting aspect of the book were the peripheral characters which is a shame since the plot uses many of them. They felt lacking and underdeveloped. The most interesting part was the depiction of the criminal justice system, I was pleased that it was shown in a balanced way.


    What about Daniel Weyman’s performance did you like?

    It was relatively neutral and let the narrative speak for itself. As an Irish person I did not particularly care for his attempt at a Galway accent.


    Did Summary Justice inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I wonder if I am being too nice about this book because I have just listened to two absolute turkeys.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Whitehead 16/06/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Summary Justice"

    A very gripping tale, full of twists and turns. Around about chapter 51/2 the narrator repeats a whole chunk. This doesn't ruin the story however. It was just a little disconcerting. Daniel Weyman is a good narrator, he brings each character alive. A good listen

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    Eilish Roche 29/05/2017
    Eilish Roche 29/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "A Must Read!"

    Can't wait for the sequel. What a great yarn, perfectly crafted and with wonderful characters.

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    Poppey 03/05/2017
    Poppey 03/05/2017
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    "Great Book"

    A thoroughly entertaining piece of work and one with a twist I didn't see coming.

    Hopefully this is the first of many: The doubt about the guilt/innocence of William Benson is till hanging in the air, which suggests this may be the case.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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