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The Brief

(2015)
(The first book in the Charles Holborne series)
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The legal thriller series you need to read! Perfect for fans of John Grisham, Robert Bailey, Michael Connelly and Robert Dugoni.

Guilty until proven innocent…

London, 1960

Barrister Charles Holborne is not popular. A Jewish East Ender with a rough past, he is ostracised by his anti-Semitic and class-conscious colleagues who don’t want him in their prestigious Establishment profession.

And the bitterness Charles feels at work is spilling over into his personal life, putting his marriage under strain.

When a high-profile murder case lands on his desk, Charles is hopeful his fortunes will turn around. But after a shocking crime is committed, he finds himself on the other side of law…

Can he outwit those trying to frame him? Will he manage to unmask the real criminal?

Or will he find himself on trial for murder…?


THE BRIEF is the first crime novel in an exciting historical series, the Charles Holborne Legal Thrillers – gritty, hard-boiled mysteries set in 1960s London.

seriously good storytelling… a superlative courtroom drama' – New Law Journal

‘Vivid, gripping and authentic storytelling. A great crime thriller’ – Roberts Daws, bestselling author of The Rock series

a cracking read’ – Jill’s Book Café Blog

‘an extremely addictive read’ – A Lover of Books Blog

gritty, gripping and utterly compelling… The author has put his years of legal experience and research to excellent use and is one hell of a story teller’ – Reflections of a Reader Blog

‘easily believable and very enjoyable… I would recommend to anybody who enjoys a good legal who-done-it’ – Nigel Adams Bookworm Blog

‘an intelligent, atmospheric and cleverly organised tale of crime, murder and corruption which will have you hooked from the start’ – Emma The Little Bookworm Blog

‘Chilling suspense and climactic surprises’ – Publishers Weekly

‘Absolutely unputdownable; if you loved watching Damages and The Good Wife you will definitely enjoy reading The Brief. This is Britcrime at its very best’ – The Book Magnet Blog

‘Confident … sharply observed, packed full of rich, authentic dialogue. Pacey, yet measured, [it] weaves complex legal scenes with light, credible domestic and professional moments where characters are fleshed out and the central hero is exposed, both for good and bad. It is a good sign to close a book wanting to get started straight away on the next one’ – Bookends & Bin Ends Blog

THE CHARLES HOLBORNE LEGAL THRILLERS SERIES
BOOK ONE: The Brief
BOOK TWO: An Honest Man
BOOK THREE: The Lighterman
BOOK FOUR: Corrupted
BOOK FIVE: The Waxwork Corpse
BOOK SIX: Force of Evil
BOOK SEVEN: The Final Shot


Genre: Mystery

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June 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Brief: Crime and corruption in 1960s London (Charles Holborne Legal Thrillers)
Author(s): Simon Michael
ISBN: 1-913028-53-4 / 978-1-913028-53-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sapere Books
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September 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Brief
Author(s): Simon Michael
ISBN: 1-910692-00-X / 978-1-910692-00-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Urbane Publications
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March 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Brief: Charles Holborne, Book 1
Author(s): Simon Michael
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March 2017 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Brief: Charles Holborne, Book 1
Author(s): Simon Michael
Publisher: Audible Studios
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March 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Brief: Charles Holborne, Book 1
Author(s): Simon Michael
Publisher: Audible Studios
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March 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Brief: Charles Holborne, Book 1
Author(s): Simon Michael
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

June 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Brief: Crime and corruption in 1960s London (Charles Holborne Legal Thrillers Book 1)
Author(s): Simon Michael
Publisher: Sapere Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU