When Terry Flynt gets the chance to defend a millionaire accused of murder he knows that the case could make his career, but the accused man is Flynt’s greatest enemycan he defend a man who ruined his life?
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. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him so badly?
With the trial date looming, Terry delves deeper into Vernon's life and is forced to confront secrets from their shared past that could have devastating consequences for them both. For years he has wanted to witness Vernon's downfall, but with so much at stake, how can Terry be sure that he is guilty? And what choices must he make to ensure that justice is done?
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About the Author
Nick Stone’s first novel, Mr. Clarinet, was a critical and commercial success, winning several international awards including, in the UK, the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for best thriller of the year, the International Thriller Writers Award for best first novel, and the Macavity Award for best first novel, in the USA, both in 2007. The French translation, Tonton Clarinette, won the public-voted SNCF Prix du Polar in 2009. Nick lives in Cambridge.
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Hard to put down
I started out listening to this book, but the reader was not going fast enough, so I bought the book. The Verdict is irresistible page turner that includes some delightful prose, especially in the descriptions of some of the characters. You'll be happy you read this book.
Nick Stone in his new book, “The Verdict” published by Pegasus Books LLC introduces us to Terry Flynt. From the back cover: When Terry Flynt gets the chance to defend a millionaire accused of murder, he knows that the case could make his career, but the accused man is Flynt’s greatest enemy… 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. This case could potentially make Terry’s career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him so badly? With the trial date looming, Terry delves deeper into Vernon’s life and is forced to confront secrets from their shared past that could have devastating consequences for them both. For years he has wanted to witness Vernon’s downfall, but with so much at stake, how can Terry be sure that he is guilty? And what choices must he make to ensure that justice is done This is not your typical, run-of-the-mill courtroom case. There is real drama and passion displayed here. Terry Flynt, the law clerk, hates Vernon James, the defendant. Mr. Stone really knows the genre and how to use all the elements and still make it a mystery thriller. “The Verdict” grabs you with the storyline and keeps you flipping pages as fast as possible. Mr. Stone has given us a very interesting character in Terry Flynt and he makes us care for him all throughout the book. Don’t start this book late at night because you are going to want to finish it before you go to bed. A high-octane suspenseful thriller. I truly hope that Mr. Stone will give us more adventure with Terry Flynt. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pegasus Books LLC. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
With friends like these... The Verdict by Nick Stone Vernon James, the self-made multimillionaire financer, has been accused of murder most foul. It happened the night when he received the award as Ethical Person of the Year, given by the Hoffman Trust. The event takes place at the Blenheim-Strand hotel, where Vernon has taken a room for the night. During his acceptance speech, he waxes eloquent about his father when he notices a tall blonde in a revealing green dress. She mouths “I love you!” From that point on, Vernon James is interested only in the blonde. Coming out of the meeting room and joining the party after the speech, Vernon accidentally mistakes another woman for the blonde he is seeking. Her name is Evelyn Bates. She is knocked into him as a conga-line of drunken party-goers whip by. She accidentally scratches his face as she fights to get to her feet. She has lost her phone, and Vernon steps on it, crushing it. As the girl has disappeared, he drops it in his pocket to turn in later. He now runs into the blonde for whom he is searching. Her name is Fabia. A drink or so later, and she comes up to his room. But things don’t go as Vernon James planned. Their foreplay is rough and the girl is having none of it. She manages to knock him down and turn the mini-bar over on him. Then she storms away. He finds what he believes to be her underwear, before he passes out. Waking up still drunk, Vernon is quick to check out of his room. Then he finds himself arrested for murder. Evelyn Bates has been found dead on the bed in the bedroom of James’ suite at the hotel. There are no signs of a woman named Fabia at all… Terry Flint is a clerk at Knof-Randall-Purdom, a law firm. His position as a clerk is based on a false CV. Vernon James was his best friend in school. Flint’s family even gave Vernon an alibi when he was accused of killing his father. But in Cambridge, Vernon accused Terry of theft. Terry’s drinking got out of hand and he failed his exams. He was then kicked out of the University, publically shamed by a false charge. Flint absolutely loathes James. Now Terry Flint finds himself on the defense team for Vernon James. How do you defend a man you hate? How do you defend a man that you not only believe to be guilty; but that you really want to be guilty? This fast paced thriller follows Flint as he gathers evidence for James’ defense. The more evidence he gathers, the more questions he has. He is told from the start that this case is a loser. The PI that works the case with him seems to be uninterested in evidence at all. The barrister chosen to lead the defense is dying, and may not last the case out if it drags on. The barrister’s second does absolutely nothing except sit in court. As the case winds to a close, people are killed, witnesses are no-shows, and the hotel’s security cameras were down on the night of the murder. And Terry Flint still hates Vernon “VJ” James… The twists in this story are many. The pace is swift and draws the reader in. You are always wondering just what will be revealed next. As the case draws to the verdict, the excitement won’t let you stop reading until the end. This is a mystery lover’s dream. I give it five plus stars… Quoth the Raven…
The Verdict - Nick Stone All I can say is “what a great great book." I am not a fan of legal thrillers so when I saw that The Verdict and its author was compared to Grisham I thought that I would not even read the book, I am so glad that I did. After the first few pages I was completely captivated. I knew that the book was long, five hundred pages and you know what, I wish that it was 1000 pages, the story was that absorbing and the characters that compelling. The plot was involving and twisty and kept me on the edge of my seat, distracting to the point of risking argument with my wife. It does not matter that The Verdict takes place in London and that some of the words are unique to this local. I say, “Who cares.” A fantastic novel can take place on another planet as long as it has the right stuff. And believe me, The Verdict and Nick Stone are sure to take you as far away from your ordinary life as any novel that I have read in the recent past. And do not forget to pick up his first and second books, Mr. Clarinet: A Novel (Max Mingus Thriller) and King of Swords (A Max Mingus Thriller)