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'Vivid, gripping and authentic storytelling. A Great crime thriller.' --Robert Daws, bestselling author of The Rock and The Poisoned Rock Corrupted is the fourth book in the Charles Holborne thriller series, and Simon Michael's follow up to the bestselling The Lighterman. Charles is building his reputation as a brilliant murder trial lawyer and living the good life with 'Vivid, gripping and authentic storytelling. A Great crime thriller.' --Robert Daws, bestselling author of The Rock and The Poisoned Rock Corrupted is the fourth book in the Charles Holborne thriller series, and Simon Michael's follow up to the bestselling The Lighterman. Charles is building his reputation as a brilliant murder trial lawyer and living the good life with partner Sally. But he can't escape the influences and dangers of the past, and finds himself drawn once more into the orbit of the notorious Kray twins. It's not long before Charles is courting scandal and threats to his very life when investigating a sex ring that involves not just the Krays and the Mafia, but goes to the very echelons of the country's power. Simon Michael brings the past back to life across a beautifully rendered swinging 60s landscape, and delivers a gripping piece of thriller fiction that will excite any fan of the genre.


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'Vivid, gripping and authentic storytelling. A Great crime thriller.' --Robert Daws, bestselling author of The Rock and The Poisoned Rock Corrupted is the fourth book in the Charles Holborne thriller series, and Simon Michael's follow up to the bestselling The Lighterman. Charles is building his reputation as a brilliant murder trial lawyer and living the good life with 'Vivid, gripping and authentic storytelling. A Great crime thriller.' --Robert Daws, bestselling author of The Rock and The Poisoned Rock Corrupted is the fourth book in the Charles Holborne thriller series, and Simon Michael's follow up to the bestselling The Lighterman. Charles is building his reputation as a brilliant murder trial lawyer and living the good life with partner Sally. But he can't escape the influences and dangers of the past, and finds himself drawn once more into the orbit of the notorious Kray twins. It's not long before Charles is courting scandal and threats to his very life when investigating a sex ring that involves not just the Krays and the Mafia, but goes to the very echelons of the country's power. Simon Michael brings the past back to life across a beautifully rendered swinging 60s landscape, and delivers a gripping piece of thriller fiction that will excite any fan of the genre.

30 review for Corrupted

  1. 4 out of 5

    Miriam Smith

    "Corrupted" is the fourth in the Charles Holborne legal thriller series written by ex-barrister Simon Michael and is the much anticipated follow up to "The Lighterman". These books portray 'BritCrime' at its best and I have to admit, even though I probably say this every time, this one was my favourite to date. If you love British courtroom dramas that don't bore you or use complicated legal jargon, you'll love these books and this respected and talented author is definitely BritCrime's answer "Corrupted" is the fourth in the Charles Holborne legal thriller series written by ex-barrister Simon Michael and is the much anticipated follow up to "The Lighterman". These books portray 'BritCrime' at its best and I have to admit, even though I probably say this every time, this one was my favourite to date. If you love British courtroom dramas that don't bore you or use complicated legal jargon, you'll love these books and this respected and talented author is definitely BritCrime's answer to John Grisham. I always feel relaxed reading a Holborne thriller, Charles is a fantastic character and the fact that he is a boxer too just adds to the intriguing storyline that I particularly enjoy. Set in 1964, Charles is investigating a sex ring that involves not just the Krays and the Mafia, but also goes to the very echelons of the country's power. Although some of the plot line is of a distressing/sensitive matter it is handled delicately and certainly doesn't make you feel uncomfortable. I loved how this particular book involved more of the Kray twins - they've always been my favourite part of London's salubrious history - even bringing Ronnie's real life homosexuality into it. The true historical facts the story is based on did actually occur and includes real life characters like Lord Boothby and the heavyweight boxer Sonny Liston. You can't help but get pulled into the story as soon as you start reading, I had lots of sympathy for Teddy and his circumstances - the ending was quite a surprise to me but very apt and rounded off a fabulous and entertaining storyline. The use of police and court documents adds to the authenticity of the story and its clear the author knows what to include to keep the reader engaged. The author also has a wonderful way of incorporating old parts of London into his narrative, always conveying the history of buildings and streets etc so you really build up a picture of the capital city from bygone times to the swinging 60's when the book is set. Considering Simon Michael has prosecuted and defended murderers, armed robbers, con artists and other assorted villainy during his 37 years as a barrister, he has more than enough stories and ideas to keep him writing for many years to come and I for one hope for many more thrillers involving the much loveable Charles Holborne. Urbane Publications have yet again published another cracking thriller and I can't praise these books enough, either read as standalones or as a series they really are terrific and I wish the author continued success with his very popular and compelling series. 5 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Miriam Smith

    Paperback version read. "Corrupted" is the fourth in the Charles Holborne legal thriller series written by ex-barrister Simon Michael and is the much anticipated follow up to "The Lighterman". These books portray 'BritCrime' at its best and I have to admit, even though I probably say this every time, this one was my favourite to date. If you love British courtroom dramas that don't bore you or use complicated legal jargon, you'll love these books and this respected and talented author is Paperback version read. "Corrupted" is the fourth in the Charles Holborne legal thriller series written by ex-barrister Simon Michael and is the much anticipated follow up to "The Lighterman". These books portray 'BritCrime' at its best and I have to admit, even though I probably say this every time, this one was my favourite to date. If you love British courtroom dramas that don't bore you or use complicated legal jargon, you'll love these books and this respected and talented author is definitely BritCrime's answer to John Grisham. I always feel relaxed reading a Holborne thriller, Charles is a fantastic character and the fact that he is a boxer too just adds to the intriguing storyline that I particularly enjoy. Set in 1964, Charles is investigating a sex ring that involves not just the Krays and the Mafia, but also goes to the very echelons of the country's power. Although some of the plot line is of a distressing/sensitive matter it is handled delicately and certainly doesn't make you feel uncomfortable. I loved how this particular book involved more of the Kray twins - they've always been my favourite part of London's salubrious history - even bringing Ronnie's real life homosexuality into it. The true historical facts the story is based on did actually occur and includes real life characters like Lord Boothby and the heavyweight boxer Sonny Liston. You can't help but get pulled into the story as soon as you start reading, I had lots of sympathy for Teddy and his circumstances - the ending was quite a surprise to me but very apt and rounded off a fabulous and entertaining storyline. The use of police and court documents adds to the authenticity of the story and its clear the author knows what to include to keep the reader engaged. The author also has a wonderful way of incorporating old parts of London into his narrative, always conveying the history of buildings/streets etc so you really build up a picture of the capital city from bygone times to the swinging 60's when the book is set. Considering Simon Michael has prosecuted and defended murderers, armed robbers, con artists and other assorted villainy during his 37 years as a barrister, he has more than enough stories and ideas to keep him writing for many years to come and I for one hope for many more thrillers involving the much loveable Charles Holborne. Urbane Publications have yet again published another cracking thriller and I can't praise these books enough, either read as standalones or as a series they really are terrific and I wish the author continued success with his very popular and compelling series. 5 stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Miriam Smith

    "Corrupted" is the fourth in the Charles Holborne legal thriller series written by ex-barrister Simon Michael and is the much anticipated follow up to "The Lighterman". These books portray 'BritCrime' at its best and I have to admit, even though I probably say this every time, this one was my favourite to date. If you love British courtroom dramas that don't bore you or use complicated legal jargon, you'll love these books and this respected and talented author is definitely BritCrime's answer "Corrupted" is the fourth in the Charles Holborne legal thriller series written by ex-barrister Simon Michael and is the much anticipated follow up to "The Lighterman". These books portray 'BritCrime' at its best and I have to admit, even though I probably say this every time, this one was my favourite to date. If you love British courtroom dramas that don't bore you or use complicated legal jargon, you'll love these books and this respected and talented author is definitely BritCrime's answer to John Grisham. I always feel relaxed reading a Holborne thriller, Charles is a fantastic character and the fact that he is a boxer too just adds to the intriguing storyline that I particularly enjoy. Set in 1964, Charles is investigating a sex ring that involves not just the Krays and the Mafia, but also goes to the very echelons of the country's power. Although some of the plot line is of a distressing/sensitive matter it is handled delicately and certainly doesn't make you feel uncomfortable. I loved how this particular book involved more of the Kray twins - they've always been my favourite part of London's salubrious history - even bringing Ronnie's real life homosexuality into it. The true historical facts the story is based on did actually occur and includes real life characters like Lord Boothby and the heavyweight boxer Sonny Liston. You can't help but get pulled into the story as soon as you start reading, I had lots of sympathy for Teddy and his circumstances - the ending was quite a surprise to me but very apt and rounded off a fabulous and entertaining storyline. The use of police and court documents adds to the authenticity of the story and its clear the author knows what to include to keep the reader engaged. The author also has a wonderful way of incorporating old parts of London into his narrative, always conveying the history of buildings/streets etc so you really build up a picture of the capital city from bygone times to the swinging 60's when the book is set. Considering Simon Michael has prosecuted and defended murderers, armed robbers, con artists and other assorted villainy during his 37 years as a barrister, he has more than enough stories and ideas to keep him writing for many years to come and I for one hope for many more thrillers involving the much loveable Charles Holborne. Urbane Publications have yet again published another cracking thriller and I can't praise these books enough, either read as standalones or as a series they really are terrific and I wish the author continued success with his very popular and compelling series. 5 stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Corrupted is the fourth book in the Charles Holborne series. Personally I would recommend reading in order to get to know the main character better but the author does give enough information from previous books so that you can read them out of order if you so wish. This was such a sombre read due to the nature of the story. Even though the author doesn't go into any great detail with the sex ring, it is still very much an uncomfortable read. Teddy, the young lad that Charles finds himself Corrupted is the fourth book in the Charles Holborne series. Personally I would recommend reading in order to get to know the main character better but the author does give enough information from previous books so that you can read them out of order if you so wish. This was such a sombre read due to the nature of the story. Even though the author doesn't go into any great detail with the sex ring, it is still very much an uncomfortable read. Teddy, the young lad that Charles finds himself helping, broke my heart. Even thinking about him now whilst writing my review I can't help but get all emotional.  What I love about this authors books is how he brings the real world into fiction. Everyone knows of the Krays. No doubt they were men at one time that were looked up to and envied. I think this will remind us though of the darker side to the brothers and the atrocities that they were party to. Corrupted is a dark and enthralling read that kept me turning the pages. Charles as always oozes charm and will certainly appeal to readers. This is a series that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend and if you haven't had the chance to read any yet then I urge you to do so.

  5. 5 out of 5

    mark

    Ive now read all four of the Charles Holborne series, and I must say that I found this the most complex and rewarding yet. It certainly does help to have read the previous three novels (all uniformly excellent), although Simon Michael does a grand job of filling in the reader with essential details of Charless past exploits. There is a deeply tragic story at the heart of this novel, involving a vulnerable young runaway, Edward Behr, known as Teddy. As ever, Holbornes irrepressible sense of I’ve now read all four of the Charles Holborne series, and I must say that I found this the most complex and rewarding yet. It certainly does help to have read the previous three novels (all uniformly excellent), although Simon Michael does a grand job of filling in the reader with essential details of Charles’s past exploits. There is a deeply tragic story at the heart of this novel, involving a vulnerable young runaway, Edward Behr, known as Teddy. As ever, Holborne’s irrepressible sense of honour and sympathy for the underdog take precedence, despite severe risks to himself. Holborne simply must do what is right. Corruption that reaches the highest levels of the Establishment, and murky connections between the underworld and the spheres of politics, the press, the legal system, as well as the higher echelons of the police brought to mind later scandals, such as the Marc Dutroux case in Belgium, and indeed even more recent police whistleblower cases in the UK (e.g. John Wedger), which are very much ongoing. Simon Michael skilfully weaves in several other narrative strands: Holborne’s last boxing match, his difficult love life with Sally, his strained relationship with his family, and a torrid romance with a putative Hollywood starlet. The seemingly omniscient shadow of the sociopathic Kray twins is ever-present. The court scenes are magnificently handled, as fans of this series will have come to expect. There is stunning descriptive writing throughout, of rooms, the nuances of light, of cityscapes and skies, of the river. Above all this, stands the wonderful fictional creation of Charles Holborne – so layered now, so rich, psychologically and emotionally. This series just gets better and better, and this is no slight to the earlier novels – we simply know more about our hero, about his existential plight, and the times and tides he moves within. If you read one of the Charles Holborne books, you’ll definitely want to read them all. A film or TV adaptation must surely be on the cards!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Ryles

    Simon Michael is one of my favourite authors and I absolutely love his Charles Holborne series of legal thrillers set in 1960's London. I stand by and reiterate my earlier statement from the first book in the series, The Brief, as this really is 'Britcrime at its very best'. Having read the earlier books in the series, I felt as if I was catching up with an old friend in this latest instalment, Corrupted. Having said that, for those who haven't read the earlier books (why haven't you?) this Simon Michael is one of my favourite authors and I absolutely love his Charles Holborne series of legal thrillers set in 1960's London. I stand by and reiterate my earlier statement from the first book in the series, The Brief, as this really is 'Britcrime at its very best'. Having read the earlier books in the series, I felt as if I was catching up with an old friend in this latest instalment, Corrupted. Having said that, for those who haven't read the earlier books (why haven't you?) this reads perfectly well as a standalone. Corrupted definitely has a dark and gritty feel to it as we glimpse the dark and seedy underbelly of 1960's London, in particular Ronnie Kray's notorious sex parties. I use the word 'glimpse' purposefully in this instance, as Simon Michael gives just enough details to leave much to the reader's imagination. After being picked up from the rail station by one of Ronnie Kray's henchmen, young Teddy Behr suddenly finds himself exposed to depths of depravity that will give him nightmares and before he knows it, he is accused of murder. Only one man in London can defend him: Charles Holborne. We find out so much more about Charles Holborne's character in Corrupted. He is clearly still suffering from the loss of his cousin, Izzy, and grief makes you do the strangest things. I felt that Charles wanted to go back to his youth when he was happy and Izzy was alive, so he joins his old boxing gym and signs up to a fight. Having fought Reggie Kray in his youth, the twins turn up for a photo opportunity with a Hollywood actress who bats her eyelashes at Charles. As his relationship to Sally has all but broken down, he is powerless to resist the allure of Patrizia Conti. So many facts are intricately woven into the story that my eyes widened in wonder as I headed off to Google, as I often do when reading a riveting book. I had never heard of the Robert Boothby scandal but it is this little nugget of truth that brings the whole book to life; for if Robert Boothby is real and the Kray twins are real, then why not Charles Holborne? It is this multi-dimensioned character of Charles Holborne that brings the book to life; the man who constantly disappoints his mother, who is both looked down upon and envied by his peers, and the man who, like Harry Potter, doesn't go looking for trouble but trouble usually finds him. You may have noticed that I haven't said a great deal about the plot...on purpose! I am sure that you will be as shocked, surprised and amazed as I was by the perfectly crafted plot that Simon Michael has created for us. As a real life barrister, of the legal kind as opposed to the caffeine based beverage (yes, I know it's a barista), nobody brings a court case to life with his words better than Simon Michael. It took a while for Corrupted to get into court, which is always my favourite part, but once it does I could have stood up and applauded, if I wasn't too busy reading. I don't know how he does it, but Simon Michael makes you feel as if you are actually in the courtroom. Corrupted, the dark and gritty latest instalment in the Charles Holborne series, deserves every single one of the five stars I didn't hesitate in awarding it. The writing is so vivid and visceral that I can't believe it hasn't been picked up for small screen; as brilliant as it is on paper, I think it would be positively breathtaking on screen. This whole series is the pinnacle of crime thriller writing and I am confident that nothing will ever knock it off its pedestal. I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hellebel

    I don't tend to read fiction that does not takes place in current times, unless it's really historical fiction (eg Robert Harris) but this 1960s London tale was a welcome treat. The author merges true facts and characters (from his own past life as a barrister) with fiction and creates a compelling read of crime and corruption in the era of the Krays. Crime, love, law all feature in an intriguing, if not fully gripping, story. I've not read a Charles Holborne novel before but if they are all I don't tend to read fiction that does not takes place in current times, unless it's really historical fiction (eg Robert Harris) but this 1960s London tale was a welcome treat. The author merges true facts and characters (from his own past life as a barrister) with fiction and creates a compelling read of crime and corruption in the era of the Krays. Crime, love, law all feature in an intriguing, if not fully gripping, story. I've not read a Charles Holborne novel before but if they are all this good it's worth a shot. The book does well as a stand-alone however as sufficient backstory if provided. Not for the faint-hearted in terms of violence and adult themes, but these things are handled delicately.

  8. 4 out of 5

    christina coleman

    A good read I found this book to be as enjoyable as the previous books. The storyline follows on from the other books. Although this book could be easily read without prior knowledge of the other books. You won't be dissappointed.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Garwood

    Cannot say enough about this book. It gripped me and wowed me, some effortless writing from Michael which painted a thrilling world using historical context of the 1960s and the Kray brothers. Its out on June 21st in Paperback, I will be a part of the blog tour on June 28th with a full review. Seek it out NextToTheAisle.blogspot.co.uk

  10. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    This is the 4th Charles Holborne book Ive read so the author must be doing something right.! I was really excited to be offered it as a review copy and once again immerse myself in Charless life as a barrister in 1960s London. One of the things I really enjoy about this series is the historical detail and in this book we also get a famous boxer and a glamorous actress to add to the mix. Charles gets involved defending a young boy, Teddy, who is accused of murdering one of the Krays henchmen and he This is the 4th Charles Holborne book I’ve read so the author must be doing something right.! I was really excited to be offered it as a review copy and once again immerse myself in Charles’s life as a barrister in 1960s London. One of the things I really enjoy about this series is the historical detail and in this book we also get a famous boxer and a glamorous actress to add to the mix. Charles gets involved defending a young boy, Teddy, who is accused of murdering one of the Kray’s henchmen and he has to ensure that Teddy is kept hidden as the gangsters are looking for him too. His personal life seems to be looking up. He has moved in with his former clerk, Sally, and he is mending bridges with his family although his mother still treats him badly which makes it hard for him to commit fully to his own relationships. Charles is a flawed but likeable character who always tries to do the right thing even if he doesn’t necessarily succeed. We also get a taste of the boxing world when Charles decides he wants one last fight before he gets too old. Again the research is excellent and Charles’s gym and the people who inhabit it are really well described. The author is obviously drawing on his own experiences in his writing and this shows, particularly when he is describing legal processes and it would not surprise me if he had done a bit of amateur boxing too! As ever the book is fast paced and compelling and with a plot involving the Kray twins there is no shortage of excitement as Charles has to use all his wits to stay out of their clutches and protect his young client. Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for my arc in exchange for an honest review

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michael Bully

    I was totally won over by the fifth book in the series 'The Waxwork Corpse' and am now reading the rest in reverse order. Charles Holborne is certainly a superb lead character. And some intriguing sub-plots ....Charles as the barrister who goes back to boxing , Charles as the Working class Jew trying to hold down a relationship with a girl from a much more respectable background. The latter reminds me of some of John Braine's 'Room at the Top' novels. And the main storyline, about hypocrisy , I was totally won over by the fifth book in the series 'The Waxwork Corpse' and am now reading the rest in reverse order. Charles Holborne is certainly a superb lead character. And some intriguing sub-plots ....Charles as the barrister who goes back to boxing , Charles as the Working class Jew trying to hold down a relationship with a girl from a much more respectable background. The latter reminds me of some of John Braine's 'Room at the Top' novels. And the main storyline, about hypocrisy , scandal, abuse, reaching right to the top , politicians making dirty deals with gangsters, a helpless provincial boy thrown to the wolves , journalists muzzled by libel laws, is a great read. Charles has to make compromises, playing on the anti- homosexual prejudice of the courts to expose what he thinks is a greater injustice. Tries to negotiate with The Kray Twins . Above all the novel is a reminder of the darker side to the 1960's, the insidious corruption that was so prevalent that it tainted so many levels of society. Was fascinated by the storyline featuring Tory peer Lord Boothby and his connection to the Krays and how a potential scandal was covered up. So much of it can be confirmed as factual.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Di Paterson

    As good as the previous in the series This book in the series is more gruesome and hard-hitting than the previous ones, but just as good. With each book Charles becomes more interesting, with both flaws and good characteristics. I like the fact that the books are partly autobiographical, and the fact that the author, Simon Michael, is prepared to expose himself in sometimes unflattering light; it makes the character more real. The legal aspects of the story are well presented, and never too dry, As good as the previous in the series This book in the series is more gruesome and hard-hitting than the previous ones, but just as good. With each book Charles becomes more interesting, with both flaws and good characteristics. I like the fact that the books are partly autobiographical, and the fact that the author, Simon Michael, is prepared to expose himself in sometimes unflattering light; it makes the character more real. The legal aspects of the story are well presented, and never too dry, which adds to my enjoyment, and the historical aspect always eye-opening. I was born around the time in which these books are set, and I'm always flabbergasted at how things have changed in so many ways, such as the decriminalization of homosexuality, yet are the same in so many others from a societal point of view. For me, the mark of good historical fiction is that the nature of life in the time setting is conveyed realistically, and these novels do that brilliantly while telling good stories at the same time. I have the 5th book waiting for me, and I'm looking forward to it immensely.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Matheson

    Book 4 in the series, and although it may be read as a stand alone, I would advise to read the series in order as you get a better feel for the main character. Charles Holborne is once again caught up in a case which he shouldn't be however due to his nature of helping the more vulnerable in society, he takes it on. As the case has connections with the Krays, he has to tread carefully, always having to be one step ahead. The story at times may be a bit graphic for some readers especially in the Book 4 in the series, and although it may be read as a stand alone, I would advise to read the series in order as you get a better feel for the main character. Charles Holborne is once again caught up in a case which he shouldn't be however due to his nature of helping the more vulnerable in society, he takes it on. As the case has connections with the Krays, he has to tread carefully, always having to be one step ahead. The story at times may be a bit graphic for some readers especially in the description of the events which led to the murder as it highlights the still illegal activities of the older gay community and their abuse of young boys at the time plus the amount of corruption going on around London at all levels of society. Another fast paced drama as this series just gets better and better.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alison Waterfield

    Dramatic legal thriller Simon Michael delivers a fourth Charles Holborne thriller, which proves to be another enthralling and intriguing crime fiction read. I would recommend reading the previous books in this series to really appreciate the manner and behaviour of the main character, Mr Holborne. A difficult storyline for the era but brought to the fore with sensitivity and honesty. A thoroughly enjoyable book, look forward to more

  15. 4 out of 5

    JANE COOKE

    A thought provoking book I enjoyed this as much as the previous books. Good twist at the end. Look forward to the next one.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Twist

    Simon Michaels fourth in his Charles Holborne series (do read them in order of publication for best effect), Corrupted is a superb read - imaginative and authentic. Having served as a 1970s Metropolitan Police Officer, then as a barrister in London, there is so much insight in Simon Michaels novels that I recognise. Here is clean-cut writing that holds your attention from the first page, and a principal character that intrigues as the herald of change. This writer deserves to be more widely Simon Michael’s fourth in his Charles Holborne series (do read them in order of publication for best effect), ‘Corrupted’ is a superb read - imaginative and authentic. Having served as a 1970’s Metropolitan Police Officer, then as a barrister in London, there is so much insight in Simon Michael’s novels that I recognise. Here is clean-cut writing that holds your attention from the first page, and a principal character that intrigues as the herald of change. This writer deserves to be more widely known. I for one, am addicted!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer (JC-S)

    Nobodys innocent. London, 1964: gang warfare and widespread police corruption are part of the landscape. If you pay the right people enough money, you can get away with just about anything. Charles Holbornes reputation as a respected and successful barrister continues to rise. He and his former clerk Sally have moved into a house together: the future is looking good. But Charles is restless. He knows that he is still on the radar of the Kray twins, and despite well-intentioned advice from others, ‘Nobody’s innocent.’ London, 1964: gang warfare and widespread police corruption are part of the landscape. If you pay the right people enough money, you can get away with just about anything. Charles Holborne’s reputation as a respected and successful barrister continues to rise. He and his former clerk Sally have moved into a house together: the future is looking good. But Charles is restless. He knows that he is still on the radar of the Kray twins, and despite well-intentioned advice from others, he wants one last boxing fight before he is too old. Charles is training hard and that, together with his work, leaves him less time to spend with Sally. And then he is approached in an unorthodox fashion, seeking his help to defend a young boy, Teddy, accused of murder. There’s nothing straightforward about this case: Teddy is accused of murdering an associate of the Kray twins, and he’s reluctant to talk. Senior politicians are involved, Teddy is also in danger, and Charles tries to keep him safe. In the meantime, Charles has a fight to prepare for. He’s under pressure from both his Chambers and the Krays to drop his defence of Teddy, and Sally is not happy. Life is further complicated when he is photographed with the Krays and Sonny Liston, and when a glamorous American actress enters his life. There’s a twist in this story I didn’t see coming, as well as a couple of developments that had me wanting to throw the book across the room in frustration. How, I asked myself, could such an astute observer of humanity be so stupid? And that’s the thing with this series, Charles Holborne is both flawed and (mostly) likeable. His legal brilliance is tempered by very human frailty. This is the fourth novel in the Charles Holborne series, and while I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the first three, I’ll certainly be looking to read the next one. Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Sapere Books for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes. Jennifer Cameron-Smith

  18. 5 out of 5

    A.Clarke

    Great read A great read and all the books so far have kept me interested up to the final page. I particularly enjoy the descriptions of 60s London and of the particular buildings,courts and legal establishments that are described so well. The characters are believable and because some are actual persons who are well known,or were, makes it more real. I look forward to the next Charlie Holborn adventure.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Riley

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mr Duncan S Grove

  21. 4 out of 5

    Graham

  22. 5 out of 5

    s p smith

  23. 4 out of 5

    MR J.R.WILLS

  24. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Jane

  25. 5 out of 5

    Julio Rubio

  26. 4 out of 5

    edward fraser

  27. 5 out of 5

    David Miles

  28. 5 out of 5

    Simon C Fussell

  29. 5 out of 5

    CIARA NALLY

  30. 4 out of 5

    R J Martin

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