Who Will Be Your Judge is a historical mystery thriller that starts during World War II and continues into the 1960s gangland in London. Two small brothers, Billy and Richard, experience a difficult childhood when growing up in the East End. Evacuated from London during the Blitz, they are sheltered at the House of Nazareth and under the control of some vicious nuns. Life there is so bad that they prefer to go back to the bombs of London.
The war, however, claims the lives of both their parents, and they are rehomed once more at Barnardo’s until separated by adoption. George Seagrave adopts Richard and takes him to his family in the country, where Richard has to adapt to strict Victorian rules. Billy is claimed by a poor, childless couple in the East End.
As they grow, Billy’s dream of becoming a professional boxer vanishes as he develops epilepsy. Bitter and angry, he gets involved in smash-and-grab raids as he promises himself to get out of poverty. He works his way up to become a club owner in the West End. Richard, now a priest, hears about Billy’s raids and tries to persuade his brother to give up that lifestyle. It is only when Billy is asked to clear his grandmother’s flat – in which he finds a letter that contains a secret – that everything starts to change for both him and Richard.
Publisher: Matador, Aug 2015
Reviewer: Jen Kendell
What a sad story of two little boys. Proving once again what war does to families when they are separated. As you read on you keep thinking if only …… Heartbreaking. The Author, Edie Watney Judd. A wonderful first novel. I was gripped by it and hope there will be more.