Hardcover: 512 pages
23 January, 2014
From first to last, Nick Stone’s latest novel, The Verdict, is a compelling, intriguing, wittily engaging and, above all, thrilling legal ride that is guaranteed to have readers begging for more.
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 not only someone he knows, but someone he loathes.
Nick Stone, through some multi-dimensional characterisation, has brought a plethora of players to the fore, without overstating their attributes or flaws, that readers will trust and mistrust at every turn.
Added to this is the near-breathless plotting that keeps the pages fluttering over and the tight, powerful, descriptive prose the author chooses. Nothing – not a word, phrase or syllable – is wasted and The Verdict steps out of the norm as a result and so becomes something truly special.
If Michael Connelly’s Mick Haller series series floats your boat, be prepared to hit orbit with Terry Flynt because, judging by this outing, Crime Fiction has a new superstar litigator on its books.