1960s London – gang wars, corrupt police, vice and pornography – ex-boxer, Charles Holborne, has plenty of opportunities to build his reputation with the criminal classes as a barrister who delivers. But Holborne, an East End boy made good, is not all he seems, and his past is snapping at his heels. When his philandering wife has her throat slashed, Holborne finds himself on the wrong side of the law and on the run, back in the only place he thought he’d be safe, the East End. But now he’s got caught in the middle of a turf war between the Kray twins and the Yardies. Can Holborne stay one step ahead of the police and the real murderer, discover the truth and escape the hangman?

Based upon real Old Bailey cases and genuine court documents, The Brief is the first in barrister Simon Michael’s series of compelling criminal dramas, an evocative slice of sleazy glamour from the Swinging Sixties. Simon Michael delivers an authentic and addictive read for any crime fan.

“Chilling suspense and climactic surprises”
Publishers Weekly

“…well out of the ordinary and far into the realms of seriously good storytelling… superlative courtroom drama…”
New Law Journal

“a great book I recommend to anybody who enjoys a good legal whodunnit”
The Bookworm

“… gritty, gripping and utterly compelling. Highly recommended”
Leah Moyse, independent blogger

“Move over Martina Cole, you’re going to have company on the bestsellers lists”
Amazon reviewer

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