Verbal by Peter Murphy


Verbal by Peter Murphy (A Ben Schroeder Legal Thriller Book 7)
English | 2020| Mystery/Thriller | ePUB | 2.6 MB

Peter Murphy graduated from Cambridge University and spent a career in the law, as an advocate, teacher, and judge. He has worked both in England and the United States, and served for several years as counsel at the Yugoslavian War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague. He has written eight previous novels: two political thrillers about the US presidency, Removal and Test of Resolve; six historical/legal thrillers featuring Ben Schroeder, A Higher Duty, A Matter for the Jury, And Is there Honey Still for Tea?, The Heirs of Owain Glyndwr, Calling Down the Storm and One Law for the Rest of Us. His new series features Judge Walden who will return in 2019 with a fresh series of cases. He lives in Cambridgeshire.

A clever, accomplished Cambridge graduate with a good job and an attentive lover, Imogen Lester seems to have the world at her feet. But when her parents are murdered abroad while working for the Diplomatic Service, she is suddenly thrown headlong into a murky world of espionage and organised crime.

When she is charged with drug trafficking, even Ben Schroeder’s skills may not be enough to save her – unless a shadowy figure from Ben’s past can survive long enough to unmask a web of graft and corruption…

When Baxter called again two days later, Julia was wandering randomly around her house, unable to settle in any particular room, reading a book here, looking at some papers there, doing her best to talk herself into going back to the office the following day. She had taken two days off, citing shock and distress following the death of two close friends. Her team had been understanding, but they would expect her to be back in harness soon. There was a lot going on, and in a small firm that meant all hands on deck. She knew she had to pull herself together, but she still felt numb from the sheer unyielding awfulness of the previous two days.

Not long after Baxter’s call, before waking Imogen, she had prevailed on the duty sergeant at Hampstead Police Station to send a uniformed officer to the Lester family home near Hampstead Heath, to break the news to Imogen’s brother, Damian. She had thought long and hard before calling the police, but in the end she could see no other way. She couldn’t bring herself to tell him by phone, and with Imogen to care for she couldn’t go herself in time to guarantee that he would not hear about it from a newspaper or the radio. But the visit from the police would be problematic. Damian was not unknown to Hampstead Police Station. At the age of nineteen, five years younger than his sister, only good fortune and one or two timely interventions by his father stood between Damian and a criminal record. In contrast to his sister, who had inherited her parents’ drive, had excelled at school and had graduated from Girton College, Cambridge, with a first in classics, Damian had always seemed listless and bored by his teachers’ efforts to educate him. He seemed content to drift though life without any obvious goal. When Michael was posted to Belgrade, Damian had resisted his parents’ attempts to take him with them to Yugoslavia, promising to pull himself together and get himself a job. But jobs rarely materialised and never lasted long, and when Imogen was away from the house, his life became a never-ending round of sleeping for much of the day, and late nights spent drinking and consuming other substances with his friends.

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