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The Unbroken Line: Will Harris #2

Alex Hammond


9781921901508

MICHAEL JOSEPH


Fiction & Literature;
Thriller & suspense


Paperback

320 pages

$32.99
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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- The unbroken line, we learn a little way into this story, is the distinct chain of evidence between the crime and the alleged perpetrator. In this legal thriller, we also come to see that it can be read as being the line that delineates the proper and ethical actions of Police, prosecutors and defence lawyers. And try as he might, defence solicitor Will Harris not only struggles to stay clear of the line but often tramples all over it.

Harris has his heart in the right place, but his head needs some work as he is drawn to pursue matters that place him in compromising, threatening and brutal situations. These personality traits give Harris a complex character which frustrate his desire, and of those close to him, to have some semblance of a normal life while going about the necessary work for his clients.

As the story unfolds, references to events that occurred in book #1, Blood Witness, are frequent but this doesn't detract from the current story. Instead, this tends to build a strong sense of the continuing thread between the books and certain developments remain in play that will no doubt continue into book #3. Craig Kirchner

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Gripping, sophisticated and strikingly atmospheric, The Unbroken Line creates a remarkable portrait of power, revenge and corruption, rooted in a vivid and unmistakably Australian setting.

The violence of the past casts a long shadow - a dark legacy with lethal consequences. When defence lawyer Will Harris is attacked by masked men with a clear message to back off, he has no choice but to listen. If only he knew what they were talking about.

Under siege as his fledgling law firm struggles to get off the ground, Will agrees to defend the troubled son of a family friend. But the case is far from clear-cut, and the ethical boundaries murky. Instead of clawing his way out of trouble, Will finds he's sinking ever deeper. At the same time, his search for his attackers unearths an unexpected source that points him towards Melbourne's corridors of power.

But motives, let alone proofs, are hard to find. It is only when those close to him are threatened that Will realises how near he is to the deadly truth.

Praise for Blood Witness Shortlisted for the 2014 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel:

'A slick, fast-paced legal thriller set in Melbourne but with a genuine international flavour and with enough twists to surprise even the most avid fans of the genre.' West Australian 'Fast-paced and gripping.' Courier-Mail

By:   Alex Hammond
Imprint:   MICHAEL JOSEPH
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 161mm,  Spine: 27mm
Weight:   475g
ISBN:   9781921901508
ISBN 10:   1921901500
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   June 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print

Alex Hammond was born in South Africa and emigrated to Australia with his family as a child. He graduated with an Arts/Law degree from the University of Melbourne and worked for several Melbourne law firms. Visit the author online at: alexhammondauthor.com


PRAISE FOR BLOOD WITNESS: 'A slick, fast-paced legal thriller set in Melbourne but with a genuine international flavour and with enough twists to surprise even the most avid fans of the genre.' West Australian 'Fast-paced and gripping.' Courier-Mail 'An entertaining and interesting thriller and a great start to a new Australian crime series with lots of potential.' Book'd Out

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