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Lawyer-turned-writer Nic Gabriel is stunned when womanising Dylan Rees, his host at a champagne reception at the Houses of Parliament, is knifed by an ex-girlfriend and bleeds to death in front of him. It's not just the horrific murder, but the fact that the ex, Ella, had apparently committed suicide over five years ago. Before the party Dylan had made cryptic mention of strange and sudden deaths and now, with his friend's death, Nic is determined to discover his meaning. His research takes him to Creed, the ...
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Lawyer-turned-writer Nic Gabriel is stunned when womanising Dylan Rees, his host at a champagne reception at the Houses of Parliament, is knifed by an ex-girlfriend and bleeds to death in front of him. It's not just the horrific murder, but the fact that the ex, Ella, had apparently committed suicide over five years ago. Before the party Dylan had made cryptic mention of strange and sudden deaths and now, with his friend's death, Nic is determined to discover his meaning. His research takes him to Creed, the country's leading human rights law firm, where Nic meets Roxanne, a young lawyer starting out in her dream job with a secret to hide...
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At the start of this workmanlike psychological thriller from British author Edwards (Dancing for the Hangman), lawyer-turned-author Nic Gabriel is startled to see a "dead woman," Ella Vinton, walk into a party at Westminster. Five years earlier, Ella reportedly killed herself over Nic's legal headhunter friend, Dylan Rees, who's also at the party. Nic races to save his friend, but is too late to stop Ella from fatally stabbing Dylan with a butcher's knife, then plunging the knife into her own heart. Later, Nic investigates a law firm plagued by strange deaths that Dylan had told him about. Meanwhile, Roxanne Wake, who's changed her name and colored her hair in an effort to conceal her tormented past, joins a human rights law firm to begin a new life as a paralegal. The two story lines take a few twists and turns before colliding in a shocking, melodramatic conclusion. (June)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781432825317
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/15/2011
  • Pages: 291
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Edwards is the author of seven acclaimed crime novels featuring lawyer Harry Devlin. In 1999 he was commissioned to complete Bill Knox's novel The Lazarus Widow and he has also edited ten anthologies of crime fiction. He is head of employment law at Liverpool and Manchester law firm Mace & Jones.
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  • Posted June 7, 2011

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    a powerful psychological thriller

    Legal headhunter Dylan Rees asks his friend former lawyer-turned one time published author Nic Gabriel to meet him at a Westminster gala in which he will tell him about strange deaths. At the party, Nic sees a dead woman Ella Vinton seemingly searching for Dylan. A bit intoxicated Nic tries to prevent the tragedy, but is too late. When she finds a startled Dylan, Ella kills him and commits suicide.

    Nic thinks back to about five years ago when womanizing Dylan dumped Ella who committed suicide soon afterward; he attended her funeral. Still in shock, Nic follows up on Dylan's comment about questionable deaths. At the same time changing her name from Cassandra and her hair color, Roxanne Wake, joins the highly regarded Creed human rights law firm as a paralegal only to find some of their practices ethically stunning. Soon Roxanne and Nic will find their paths converge in a deadly scenario.

    With the Lake District police taking a breather, Martin Edwards provides a powerful psychological thriller that will stun readers with the two subplots and even more so when they merge. Character driven, the British legal profession comes across as amoral in which a life is irrelevant when it comes to taking care of the client as Roxanne learns with the Haycraft fiasco. Filled with twists, readers will be hooked when a woman from the grave commits a murder suicide.

    Harriet Klausner

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