An Honest Man

Criminal barrister Charles Holborne may have just escaped the hangman by proving he was framed for murder, but his life is now in ruins. His wife is dead, his high-flying career has morphed into criminal notoriety, and bankruptcy threatens.

When the biggest brief of Charles’s career unexpectedly lands on his desk, it looks as if he has been thrown a lifeline. But far from keeping him afloat, it drags him ever deeper into the shadowy underworld of 1960s London. Now, not only is his practice at stake, but his very life. Can Charles extricate himself from a chess game played from the shadows by corrupt police officers and warring gangs without once again turning to crime himself?

Based on real Old Bailey cases and genuine court documents, An Honest Man is the second in the series of Charles Holborne novels by barrister, Simon Michael, set in the sleazy London of the 1960s.

“…An Honest Man drops you into the murky depths of gangland London when the Krays and Richardsons were in their prime. The criminal trial at the Old Bailey is gripping… utterly compelling, [and] thought-provoking. The author keeps us guessing with clever, authentic twists and turns as Charles Holborne seeks justice for his client.  Brilliant!….a must read…a rare treat of an insight into a trial.”
RC Bridgestock, author of the bestselling DI Dylan series, story consultant to BBC’s Happy Valley and ITV’s Scott & Bailey.

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