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A Higher Duty
A Higher Duty

A Higher Duty

FICTION

320 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

PDF, $14.99 (US $14.99)

Publication Date: February 2013

ISBN 9781842436714

Rights: US & CA

Oldcastle Books Ltd (Feb 2013)
No Exit

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Overview

A page-turning legal thriller with an authenticity that only an insider could convey In Harold Macmillan's Britain of the early 1960s the Bar is dominated by white, privileged, Oxbridge men. Underneath a profession which proudly flaunts its integrity and traditions lies a world of hypocrisy and ruthless self-interest. When scandal threatens, self-preservation is the only goal and no one is indispensable. Ben Schroeder, a talented young man from an East End Jewish family, has been accepted as a pupil into the Chambers of Bernard Wesley Queen's Councile (QC). But Schroeder is an outsider, not part of this privileged society, and he encounters prejudice, intrigue, and scandal. Kenneth Gaskell, a rising star of Wesley's Chambers has become involved in an affair with a high-profile client and the relationship, if known, could ruin his career, and the careers of all those around him. But Bernard Wesley has some information—he knows about a student prank that went terribly wrong. Can he use this knowledge in a desperate gamble to save his Chambers and turn the tables on his old rival, Miles Overton QC? Ben Schroeder has proved his ability, but he is no more than a pawn in this game. Can he survive in this world where nothing, not even justice, is sacred?

Reviews

"Weighty and impressive."  —Barry Forshaw, Crime Time

"Peter Murphy’s novel is an excellent read from start to finish and highly recommended." —The Historical Novels Review

Author Biography

Peter Murphy has had a career in the law, as an advocate and teacher, both in England and the United States. His legal work included a number of years in The Hague as defense counsel at the Yugoslavian War Crimes Tribunal. He is the author of Removal.