In 1962, Arthur Beauchamp is about to undertake his first murder trial. His defendant is Gabriel Swift, a politically active young aboriginal accused of killing Professor Dermot Mulligan, a former mentor to both men. Arthur becomes increasingly convinced that the police evidence against Gabriel is not only flimsy, but suspiciously convenient in a system - and a society - with entrenched racist assumptions. But as the case progresses, Arthur develops an uncomfortable sense that Gabriel is not telling him the whole truth. And to make matters worse, the green young lawyer is up against a wily veteran of the courts and a clever but biased judge. Five decades later, Arthur remains haunted by the case. Finally, he is compelled to emerge from retirement to try to complete what he began all those years ago. He must pass through some murky and long-repressed personal territory along the way, but the journey ultimately offers hope for the peace of redemption.
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"Excellent... Readers will hope they haven’t seen the last of the endearigly complex, fallible, and fascinating Beauchamp." ( Publisher’s Weekly)
This entertaining audiobook narrated by Steve Scherf is... complex, yet realistic with brilliant courtroom scenes which are William Deverell’s trademark. This audiobook also provides the listener with a discerning glimpse into life in British Columbia in the early 1960’s.11-8-14 AudiobookMonthly.com (susan-keefe.com)
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