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Given in Evidence

Given in Evidence

(The first book in the Jeremy Scott series)
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The legal thriller gains an English accent in Davies's smart first novel. Jeremy Scott is a divorced, striving, 30-ish London barrister. During the first half of the novel, he acts as a defense attorney, primarily on behalf of a drug dealer. Sometime later, Jeremy is working for the prosecution, building a case against a gang of Pakistani drug runners, battling a xenophobic criminal system, some slimy lawyers, a judge who is "barking mad" and John Howard, drug kingpin and mystery man. Davies includes a fascinating tour of London's courts and a large, colorful lineup of characters that stand on either side of the law, and sometimes both. The usual cut-and-slash of legal thrillers is often superseded by the author's subtle sensibilities. Some scenes will remind readers of Evelyn Waugh-the courtroom interplay of the mad judge and two chatty Pakistani interpreters is particularly hilarious. For all the wit, however, the story turns out very darkly, ending with a cynical, noirish jolt. If Davies, a London lawyer and judge, knows the law as well as he knows writing, London justice is in very good hands.

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Hardback Editions

June 1995 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Given in Evidence
Author(s): Jonathan Davies
ISBN: 0-340-63230-5 / 978-0-340-63230-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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Paperback Editions

September 1995 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Given in Evidence
Author(s): Jonathan Davies
ISBN: 0-340-63231-3 / 978-0-340-63231-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Coronet
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