Sunday, 5 July 2015
Death by Dangerous. A novel by Olly Jarvis
Jarvis used his many years of experience as a criminal defence barrister to weave a riveting novel set in and around Manchester and Bradford.
Death by Dangerous tells the story of John Anderson. He is the darling of the North West courts, a highly respected and very able prosecution barrister. His career is in the ascendency, going from strength to strength.
Until it all comes crashing down, when, following a terrible road traffic accident, in which he is severely injured, his whole world comes tumbling down about him.
Although he makes a slow and painful recovery from his physical injuries, he realises that he has no memory of the crash.
Was it his fault? What of his female passenger? Who was she? Why was she even in his car? Did some catastrophic error of judgement on his part cause a child to die?
For the first time in his life he faces the criminal justice system that he has spent his entire professional life working in, from the other side of the witness box. Accused of causing death by dangerous driving.
He is fully aware that, as one of the most senior prosecution barristers in the North West, being jailed would bring him face-to-face with many criminals who he helped bring to justice through his long career.
But how can he find out what really took place during the accident?
Was it an accident? What, exactly had taken place?
The truth takes him into the sordid underbelly of Manchester, taking him deep within the criminal underworld.
His former loyal colleagues and so-called friends in the prosecution service have already found him guilty, so he finds no help there.
But help in his quest for truth and justice does come his way, but from a rather unlikely source. Which leads Anderson to examine himself and he starts to re-evaluate his life so far.
But Anderson finds out that sometimes lambs are sacrificed to propitiate various Gods.
Anderson needs to work out who are the lambs, who are the evil shepherds and which Gods they are attempting to appease. And he needs to work out who the good shepherd is before it is too late.
It's an exciting novel, gripping with more than a few twists and turns before the shocking finale.
This book is published in paperback by Matador at £7.99 on 28th July. It will be available via the That's Books and Entertainment Book Shop, the link is on the right hand side of this page.