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Indictment for Murder: A Mystery Hardcover – Feb 12 2000

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (Feb. 12 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312253257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312253257
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.4 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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From Publishers Weekly

The trial of a 77-year-old retired judge for murdering a 78-year-old family friend who was a war hero forms the unlikely basis for this stirring psychological study set in England. Jonathan Playfair, Knight of the Realm and onetime Judge of the High Court, is accused of murdering David Trelawney, at whose side he long ago fought against the Germans in North Africa. The case appears straightforward: during a visit to Trelawney, who was bed-bound from a broken ankle and prostate cancer, Playfair was left alone with his old friend while the attendant nurse exited the room. When she returned, she found Trelawney dead, Playfair absent and physical and circumstantial evidence suggesting that Playfair had committed murder. While Rawlinson milks the ensuing trial for plenty of drama and suspense, with some deft surprises for punctuation, it is the psychological history of Trelawney and Playfair's relationship that above all rivets the attention. The bit players, from the troubled trial judge to the inexperienced prosecutor to the high-powered defense counsel, are extremely well drawn and serve admirably to highlight this study of cunning, survival and malevolence hidden by a facade of respectability. Rawlinson (The Caverel Claim, etc.), who was a British MP for 23 years, has demonstrated yet again that the internal struggles of individuals provide the greatest drama and the most intense theater of combat of all. (Feb.)
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From Rawlinson, who spent more than two decades working within the British legal system, comes this tight, suspenseful legal thriller. Sir Jonathan Playfair, a Judge of the High Court, is charged with the murder of a former friend with whom he served in Special Forces during World War II. Defending Playfair is Hugo Shelbourne, a high-profile attorney who's hampered by the fact that his own client seems unwilling to discuss a long-buried secret that could prove the key to his defense--or to his conviction. Legal thrillers are perhaps the most formulaic of crime novels--a defendant, a prosecutor, a defense attorney, at least one key piece of evidence, and lots of verbal warfare--but, like such skilled practitioners of the genre as Scott Turow or John Lescroart, Rawlinson writes a legal thriller that's more about people than plot. He keeps the important information hidden not only from Playfair's lawyer, but from us as well, and we perch on the edge of our seats waiting to find out whether the judge will be convicted. First class all the way. David Pitt

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Format: Hardcover
Knight of the Realm, Sir Jonathan Playfair is a former Judge of the High Court who was considered to lenient on criminals by his critics. In a stunning development, Jonathan stands trial for the murder of David Trelawney, an elderly person who was dying from cancer. Jonathan admits failing to call the police as he was with David as the senior citizen was dying, but swears he did not kill the victim.

Though a septuagenarian, Jonathan is deemed mentally fit to stand trial. He wants to prove his innocence to the press that has condemned him and to the police that has reviled him. As the trial occurs, Jonathan reflects on his longtime association with David. They were boyhood friends who served in North Africa during World War II. It was events fifty plus years ago that has led to the current situation.

Peter Rawlinson has written a powerful and moving British legal procedural that richly contains strong characterization. The complex story line hones in on the inequities inherent in Britain,s legal system. INDICTMENT FOR MURDER is also a sharp relationship drama starring likable players who at times display disagreeable tendencies. Although classified as a mystery, the tale crosses boundaries so that anyone who gains pleasure from a cerebral, character-driven story will love this novel.

Harriet Klausner
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By A Customer on Aug. 26 2000
Format: Hardcover
another masterful legal tale by the author of the caverel claim. the courtroom is center stage; but the intricacies of relationships spanning over a half century provide the plot. the tone is somber and mournful as befits the subject matter. above average.
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HASH(0xa864bf30) out of 5 stars This is amystery that makes a difference Jan. 26 2000
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Format: Hardcover
Knight of the Realm, Sir Jonathan Playfair is a former Judge of the High Court who was considered to lenient on criminals by his critics. In a stunning development, Jonathan stands trial for the murder of David Trelawney, an elderly person who was dying from cancer. Jonathan admits failing to call the police as he was with David as the senior citizen was dying, but swears he did not kill the victim.

Though a septuagenarian, Jonathan is deemed mentally fit to stand trial. He wants to prove his innocence to the press that has condemned him and to the police that has reviled him. As the trial occurs, Jonathan reflects on his longtime association with David. They were boyhood friends who served in North Africa during World War II. It was events fifty plus years ago that has led to the current situation.

Peter Rawlinson has written a powerful and moving British legal procedural that richly contains strong characterization. The complex story line hones in on the inequities inherent in Britain,s legal system. INDICTMENT FOR MURDER is also a sharp relationship drama starring likable players who at times display disagreeable tendencies. Although classified as a mystery, the tale crosses boundaries so that anyone who gains pleasure from a cerebral, character-driven story will love this novel.

Harriet Klausner
HASH(0xa8581834) out of 5 stars a judge judged Aug. 26 2000
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Format: Hardcover
another masterful legal tale by the author of the caverel claim. the courtroom is center stage; but the intricacies of relationships spanning over a half century provide the plot. the tone is somber and mournful as befits the subject matter. above average.


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