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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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