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An Honest Man: Law and disorder in 1960s London (Charles Holborne Legal Thrillers Book 2)

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Various film and television adaptations of the books are underway, with The Prophet, So Cold the River, The Cypress House, and Those Who Wish Me Dead all optioned as feature films, and the Lincoln Perry series and The Ridge being developed for television. Before turning to writing full-time, Michael worked as a private investigator and as a newspaper reporter, and taught at the Indiana University School of Journalism.

An Honest Man,” is set in Berlin, during the summer of 1989, when friends Ralf, Stefan, Maike and Petra, spend the time hanging out and their involvement in conservation and nature; passing the time before they receive their exam results and move on to university. As I say, this was an unexpected wonder of a book, providing so much more than a simple synopsis can provide. The novel is narrated in first-person, with an older Ralf looking back on this period to understand what happened. Ultimately, Ralf is very courageous, and there is a resolve that is realised as the wall succumbs, symbolic of the breakthroughs in Ralf’s own life. Running parallel to Israel’s plight is another narrative which will be tied to the overall plot well before things are wrapped up.His close-knit group of friends include Maike, Ralf’s erstwhile girlfriend; Stefan, his closest friend; and Petra, who has an on-off relationship with Stefan. He doesn't seem to be at all freighted with the self-loathing and dread that many of us experienced. When Ralf encounters a Turkish man named Osman at a swimming pool he becomes embroiled in both a passionate love affair and a mysterious tale of espionage which completely upturns his life.

Lyman Rankin is a 12 year old boy who is a victim of an alcoholic father and stumbles into the same mystery. A gripping story of growing up, finding out your live isn't what you ever thought it was and all in the looming shadow of one of histories most dramatic events. So if you want to read a historical mystery set in the mid twentieth century with a very interesting and detailed legal basis Ralfi is a freshly-graduated son of a British therapist and German pharmacist living in West Berlin in 1989 in the lead up to the fall of the Berlin Wall.The character of Ralf and his relationships with both his family and friends (particularly Oz) are beautifully drawn.

One of the deepest feelings we might have while living among other people is trust, that is, the belief that we can rely at least on those who are close to us and feel safe about it. As the answers start to come and Ralf’s life explodes, the truth is shocking and the implications are massive.His narrative is sensuous, as he always seem to loose himself in the bodies of those around him (noting the way the light illuminates someone's hair or face). An Honest Man develops through geographical metaphors--grows out of Raif's teenage obsession with geography--and reaches an earthquake at the novel's close. In 2022, he will publish his first book of non-fiction, Tales from the Fatherland, an exploration of same-sex parenthood. I really loved the picture of the island that was painted, even though it was described as a depressing run down place.

The author who was a barrister himself for over 30 years is able to describe the details of being one of that profession with amazing detail. Ben Fergusson's "An Honest Man" reminds us that love can cause us to see with rose-colored glasses but it can also give us clarity to help us see what had been in front of us the whole time. They spend their days swimming, smoking and daydreaming about the future, oblivious to the storm gathering on the other side of the Berlin Wall.However, Ralf is open to experiment and has his man desires which he keeps hidden even when spying on his future Turkish boyfriend at a swimming pool, though it is later revealed that his world is not entirely unsympathetic to this part of his being. Ralf's group of friends was also solidly depicted and we get to see how his relationship with each one of his friends differs. Charles who is the honest man in the title has to grapple with bent policemen and other problems as he tries to check into the background of the case before it gets to court, The court is the Central Criminal Court known as The Old Bailey and if you have ever done jury service there, as I have some years ago, it is a very impressive place to be in and the nuts and bolts of a court case occurring there are very daunting but also very interesting. Precise and detailed in its recreation of late-1980s West Berlin, the novel movingly recounts Ralf’s painful discoveries about love and loyalty .

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