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Beyond Reasonable Doubt by Gary Bell

Genre: Thriller
Source: Damppebbles

About The Book

Elliot Rook QC is one of the greatest barristers of his generation.
He is also a complete fraud.
Elliot Rook is the epitome of a highly successful, old Etonian QC. Or so everyone believes. In fact, he is an ex-petty criminal with a past that he has spent decades keeping secret. Until now.
An unidentified young woman of Middle Eastern origin has been found murdered on the outskirts of Rook’s home town. Billy Barber – a violent football hooligan and white-supremacist – is accused of her murder. Barber insists that Rook must defend him. If Rook refuses, Barber will expose him, bringing crashing to the ground the life and career that Rook has spent his life building.
The truth is there for the finding. But at what cost?

My Thoughts

I think it’s time we learn that all our secrets will see the light at one moment or other, there’s no point to hide them, they will hunt you when you less expect it!
This is the first (and I hope not the only) case with Elliot Rook and Zara Barnes; they are the perfect working couple. Rook has a past, and thanks to the new case he is involved, his past will see the light if he doesn’t defend the “innocent” (or not so innocent) Billy Barber. So this will be a very personal case, he is trying to survive his divorce at the same time, so smoking and drinking are quite his friends right now. Zara is young, but she is a hard worker too; perfect to help Rook in this case and future. I liked that the author didn’t try to put some romantic feelings between them, they have chemistry, yes, but in the work life and as a good friends. I really liked how they worked together, they complete each other and it makes the story more interesting.
This is not the typical case I use to read, it has part investigation and part courtroom; I am not used to read law dialogues! But maybe that’s what made me so invested on the story, different but an interesting case at the same time. Ready?

About The Author

Born into a coal mining family, Gary Bell QC left school without any qualifications and was an apprentice mechanic, fork lift truck driver, production line worker, builder, fireman and door-to-door salesman, as well as a notorious football hooligan, before being arrested for fraud aged 18. After a brief stint in prison he set off to seek fame and fortune abroad and, after two years drifting around Europe ended up penniless and homeless. He next enrolled in a FE College to study his O and A levels, and then went on to study law as a mature student at Bristol University where he ‘became’ an Old Etonian. After graduating he spent a year as a litigation lawyer in Beverly Hills before coming back to England to become a barrister. He has spent over thirty years at the Bar, specialising in defending in major fraud and murder trials, becoming a QC in 2012. Always on the look out for challenges and opportunities he has also been an award winning stand-up comedian; an after-dinner speaker (when at University he won several national debating competitions and was runner up in the World’s Humorous Debating Competition at Princeton); he has learned to fly a plane, hosted his own TV show (the Legalizer) on BBC1; writes regularly for national
newspapers; has a column in The Spectator and wrote his best-selling autobiography, Animal QC.