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The sixth novel in the acclaimed Arthur Beauchamp series

Everything is going well for Arthur Beauchamp in his early middle age. Life is so good for the top-notch defence lawyer that, in a moment of career restlessness, he decides to switch sides, just the once, and prosecute a young man charged with murdering a clown. Beauchamp is confident he can prove Randolph Skyler is guilty. Confident, but still worried and surprisingly blind to how precarious the evidence is — and, worse, to the fissures opening in his personal life.

It’s a case Beauchamp will never forget, not even years later, when he’s happily remarried and retired to a bucolic life on Garibaldi Island in the glorious Salish Sea. As Beauchamp is about to learn, the older you get, the greater the chance is that the past will come back to bite you. In Deverell’s latest marvel in his Beauchamp series, Arthur has causes aplenty to sing a worried song.

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    Sing a worried song

    I will start by admitting that this is my favourite type of read: legal thriller, great characters, interesting locations and....funny. The first half of the book takes place in the 1980s in Vancouver with successful lawyer Arthur Beauchamps, 17 days sober and aiming for a personal best, prosecuting a thrill killer. Yes-the stalwart defender of the innocent and not so innocent is on the opposite side. Fighting his own demons and dealing with his wife's likely infidelity, Arthur fights for conviction of a spoiled, rich young man accused of stabbing to death a local street clown. Fast forward to the present day with now retired (and sober!) Arthur living on his beloved Garibaldi Island, worrying about his wife, leader of the Green Party and in Ottawa most of the year. In fact Arthur worries about many things, one being the pressure he receives from the locals to defend a hapless pot dealers on the island. However the past rises up and puts Arthur in danger. Mr. Deverell evokes both the Vancouver of the 80s and the bucolic life on a local island, filled with finely drawn characters , humorous and human situations and good storyline. I should mention his wonderful use of language. I was thankful for the dictionary function on my e-reader and in this book, the numerous Latin phrases were helpfully translated. Thanks. More please, Mr. Deverell.

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