Terry Flynt and Vernon James became fast friends in
childhood when Terry defended Vernon against bullies;
their friendship lasted until Cambridge, when Terry was
expulsed partly because of something Vernon did. Terry
went on hating Vernon with a passion, and dreamed of
getting his revenge. Twenty years later, that time came.
Terry is now a mere legal clerk instead of the lawyer he
wanted to be, and Vernon is a wealthy and prominent
businessman, and is being accused of murder, Terry's firm
is hired to defend him. If their legal team wins the
case, Terry is bound to get promoted, thus killing two
birds with one stone. But Terry also has a secret that,
if Vernon reveals it, could ruin Terry's life.
THE VERDICT takes place in 2011, and Mr. Stone's writing
is so eloquent, and his descriptions so vivid, I felt I
was in London, experiencing the events. The author's
knowledge of the law is simply astounding, and no one who
reads THE VERDICT will ever think as the law and justice
being the same thing again. THE VERDICT is a very complex
and compelling legal thriller, where ethical dilemmas
form the basis of the story, and no character is all good
or all bad.
The myriad legal details and secondary characters' back
stories are at times nearly overwhelming though because
some seem irrelevant at the time, and while my attention
didn't wander, I was wondering where it all was leading.
However as the story progresses, it becomes evident that
none is superfluous, as they all converge towards the
dramatic ending, a chapter fittingly entitled The
Verdict. This last part of the book is one of the
most realistic and gripping I have ever read; I felt I
was sitting in the courtroom and assisting to the trial.
There were several huge surprises, however nothing felt
convoluted and, with the many characters and side plots,
no red herrings were thrown at us. THE VERDICT is a
superb book that will leave you thinking about wrong and
right long after the last page is turned.
When Terry Flynt gets the chance to defend a millionaire
accused of murder he knows that the case
could make his career, but the accused man is Flynt’s
greatest enemy—can he defend a man who ruined
Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk, desperately trying
to get promoted. And then he is given
the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a
millionaire accused of murdering a woman in
his hotel suite.
The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James,
turns out to be not only someone he knows,
but someone he loathes. This case could potentially make
Terry's career, but how can he defend a
former friend who betrayed him so badly?
With the trial date looming, Terry delves deeper into
Vernon's life and is forced to confront
secrets from their shared past that could have devastating
consequences for them both. For years he
has wanted to witness Vernon's downfall, but with so much
at stake, how can Terry be sure that he
is guilty? And what choices must he make to ensure that
justice is done?