Death by Dangerous, Olly Jarvis

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Death by Dangerous is a compelling legal thriller set in Manchester and Bradford. John Anderson is one of the North West’s most dedicated and successful prosecution barristers. His career is going from strength to strength and he is on the verge of becoming Queen’s Counsel. But the life he once knew suddenly comes crashing down following a fatal road traffic accident…Recovering from his injuries, he has no memory of the collision. Was he responsible for the death of a child? Who was his female passenger? Facing charges of causing death by dangerous driving, the professional and personal life he once knew now lies in tatters. Depressed and taking refuge in alcohol, Anderson refuses, in the face of so many unanswered questions, to accept his guilt. He becomes convinced that the gangster he was prosecuting at the time of the crash is in some way involved. The mystery deepens as his search for the truth draws him into Manchester’s sordid criminal underworld.

Publisher: Matador, June 2015

Reviewer: Liz Batten

This was a great read right from the start – with no long preamble it dives straight in – John Anderson, an eminent lawyer is driving and kills his female passenger and a child in the car he hit.  Trouble is he can’t remember a thing after leaving a coffee bar, but now has to try and defend his damning case – with the only person who will help, a man he previously had no time for.  He is suspended, shamed, shunned by his wife and the future looks bleak until new evidence emerges.  I read this really quickly as the author, Olly Jarvis keeps your attention right to the end.  Only disappointment was that the actual crash was not explained in detail and we never quite found out how the female passenger was in the car…..

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