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Charles Holborne returns with his most shattering case yet! Perfect for fans of John Grisham, Robert Bailey, Michael Connelly and Robert Dugoni. A sordid secret lies at the heart of political London… London, 1964 Charles Holborne has cemented his reputation as a respected murder trial lawyer, who is near unbeatable in the courtroom. Having overcome the traumas Charles Holborne returns with his most shattering case yet! Perfect for fans of John Grisham, Robert Bailey, Michael Connelly and Robert Dugoni. A sordid secret lies at the heart of political London… London, 1964 Charles Holborne has cemented his reputation as a respected murder trial lawyer, who is near unbeatable in the courtroom. Having overcome the traumas of his past, he seems to be settled in his career and his relationship with his partner, Sally. But Charles is his own worst enemy and old habits threaten to drag him down… He is also still on the radar of the notorious Kray Twins and before long he finds himself drawn into one of their darker scandals. Charles’s career – and his life – is in jeopardy as he fights for justice in a world of corruption and double-dealings. CORRUPTED is the fourth crime novel in an exciting historical series, the Charles Holborne Legal Thrillers — gritty, hard-boiled mysteries set in 1960s London. ‘the dark and gritty latest instalment in the Charles Holborne series deserves every single one of the five stars I didn't hesitate in awarding it. The writing is so vivid and visceral that I can't believe it hasn't been picked up for the small screen. This whole series is the pinnacle of crime thriller writing and I am confident that nothing will ever knock it off its pedestal.’ – The Book Magnet ‘A novel that is almost instantly a classic… it runs away with the reader and leaves them wanting more… a truly awesome thriller that will leave you coming back for more.’ - Dorset Book Detective ‘a brilliant piece of historical crime fiction’ - Fully Booked ‘A gem of a book… a fantastic read throughout, gripping, entangling and certainly a page-turner!’ - Lacy Ace ‘BritCrime’s answer to John Grisham…‘ - Miriam Smith ‘These are sharply observed, packed full of rich, authentic dialogue. Pacey, yet measured, they weave complex legal scenes with light, credible domestic and professional moments where characters are fleshed out and the central hero is exposed, both for good and bad.’ - Bookends and Binends THE CHARLES HOLBORNE LEGAL THRILLERS SERIES BOOK ONE: The Brief BOOK TWO: An Honest Man BOOK THREE: The Lighterman BOOK FOUR: Corrupted BOOK FIVE: The Waxwork Corpse


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Charles Holborne returns with his most shattering case yet! Perfect for fans of John Grisham, Robert Bailey, Michael Connelly and Robert Dugoni. A sordid secret lies at the heart of political London… London, 1964 Charles Holborne has cemented his reputation as a respected murder trial lawyer, who is near unbeatable in the courtroom. Having overcome the traumas Charles Holborne returns with his most shattering case yet! Perfect for fans of John Grisham, Robert Bailey, Michael Connelly and Robert Dugoni. A sordid secret lies at the heart of political London… London, 1964 Charles Holborne has cemented his reputation as a respected murder trial lawyer, who is near unbeatable in the courtroom. Having overcome the traumas of his past, he seems to be settled in his career and his relationship with his partner, Sally. But Charles is his own worst enemy and old habits threaten to drag him down… He is also still on the radar of the notorious Kray Twins and before long he finds himself drawn into one of their darker scandals. Charles’s career – and his life – is in jeopardy as he fights for justice in a world of corruption and double-dealings. CORRUPTED is the fourth crime novel in an exciting historical series, the Charles Holborne Legal Thrillers — gritty, hard-boiled mysteries set in 1960s London. ‘the dark and gritty latest instalment in the Charles Holborne series deserves every single one of the five stars I didn't hesitate in awarding it. The writing is so vivid and visceral that I can't believe it hasn't been picked up for the small screen. This whole series is the pinnacle of crime thriller writing and I am confident that nothing will ever knock it off its pedestal.’ – The Book Magnet ‘A novel that is almost instantly a classic… it runs away with the reader and leaves them wanting more… a truly awesome thriller that will leave you coming back for more.’ - Dorset Book Detective ‘a brilliant piece of historical crime fiction’ - Fully Booked ‘A gem of a book… a fantastic read throughout, gripping, entangling and certainly a page-turner!’ - Lacy Ace ‘BritCrime’s answer to John Grisham…‘ - Miriam Smith ‘These are sharply observed, packed full of rich, authentic dialogue. Pacey, yet measured, they weave complex legal scenes with light, credible domestic and professional moments where characters are fleshed out and the central hero is exposed, both for good and bad.’ - Bookends and Binends THE CHARLES HOLBORNE LEGAL THRILLERS SERIES BOOK ONE: The Brief BOOK TWO: An Honest Man BOOK THREE: The Lighterman BOOK FOUR: Corrupted BOOK FIVE: The Waxwork Corpse

30 review for Corrupted: Murder and cover-up at the heart of government

  1. 5 out of 5

    Miriam Smith

    "Corrupted" is the fourth in the Charles Holborne legal thriller series written by ex-barrister Simon Michael and is the much anticipated follow up to "The Lighterman". These books portray 'BritCrime' at its best and I have to admit, even though I probably say this every time, this one was my favourite to date. If you love British courtroom dramas that don't bore you or use complicated legal jargon, you'll love these books and this respected and talented author is definitely BritCrime's answer t "Corrupted" is the fourth in the Charles Holborne legal thriller series written by ex-barrister Simon Michael and is the much anticipated follow up to "The Lighterman". These books portray 'BritCrime' at its best and I have to admit, even though I probably say this every time, this one was my favourite to date. If you love British courtroom dramas that don't bore you or use complicated legal jargon, you'll love these books and this respected and talented author is definitely BritCrime's answer to John Grisham. I always feel relaxed reading a Holborne thriller, Charles is a fantastic character and the fact that he is a boxer too just adds to the intriguing storyline that I particularly enjoy. Set in 1964, Charles is investigating a sex ring that involves not just the Krays and the Mafia, but also goes to the very echelons of the country's power. Although some of the plot line is of a distressing/sensitive matter it is handled delicately and certainly doesn't make you feel uncomfortable. I loved how this particular book involved more of the Kray twins - they've always been my favourite part of London's salubrious history - even bringing Ronnie's real life homosexuality into it. The true historical facts the story is based on did actually occur and includes real life characters like Lord Boothby and the heavyweight boxer Sonny Liston. You can't help but get pulled into the story as soon as you start reading, I had lots of sympathy for Teddy and his circumstances - the ending was quite a surprise to me but very apt and rounded off a fabulous and entertaining storyline. The use of police and court documents adds to the authenticity of the story and its clear the author knows what to include to keep the reader engaged. The author also has a wonderful way of incorporating old parts of London into his narrative, always conveying the history of buildings and streets etc so you really build up a picture of the capital city from bygone times to the swinging 60's when the book is set. Considering Simon Michael has prosecuted and defended murderers, armed robbers, con artists and other assorted villainy during his 37 years as a barrister, he has more than enough stories and ideas to keep him writing for many years to come and I for one hope for many more thrillers involving the much loveable Charles Holborne. Urbane Publications have yet again published another cracking thriller and I can't praise these books enough, either read as standalones or as a series they really are terrific and I wish the author continued success with his very popular and compelling series. 5 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Miriam Smith

    Paperback version read. "Corrupted" is the fourth in the Charles Holborne legal thriller series written by ex-barrister Simon Michael and is the much anticipated follow up to "The Lighterman". These books portray 'BritCrime' at its best and I have to admit, even though I probably say this every time, this one was my favourite to date. If you love British courtroom dramas that don't bore you or use complicated legal jargon, you'll love these books and this respected and talented author is definite Paperback version read. "Corrupted" is the fourth in the Charles Holborne legal thriller series written by ex-barrister Simon Michael and is the much anticipated follow up to "The Lighterman". These books portray 'BritCrime' at its best and I have to admit, even though I probably say this every time, this one was my favourite to date. If you love British courtroom dramas that don't bore you or use complicated legal jargon, you'll love these books and this respected and talented author is definitely BritCrime's answer to John Grisham. I always feel relaxed reading a Holborne thriller, Charles is a fantastic character and the fact that he is a boxer too just adds to the intriguing storyline that I particularly enjoy. Set in 1964, Charles is investigating a sex ring that involves not just the Krays and the Mafia, but also goes to the very echelons of the country's power. Although some of the plot line is of a distressing/sensitive matter it is handled delicately and certainly doesn't make you feel uncomfortable. I loved how this particular book involved more of the Kray twins - they've always been my favourite part of London's salubrious history - even bringing Ronnie's real life homosexuality into it. The true historical facts the story is based on did actually occur and includes real life characters like Lord Boothby and the heavyweight boxer Sonny Liston. You can't help but get pulled into the story as soon as you start reading, I had lots of sympathy for Teddy and his circumstances - the ending was quite a surprise to me but very apt and rounded off a fabulous and entertaining storyline. The use of police and court documents adds to the authenticity of the story and its clear the author knows what to include to keep the reader engaged. The author also has a wonderful way of incorporating old parts of London into his narrative, always conveying the history of buildings/streets etc so you really build up a picture of the capital city from bygone times to the swinging 60's when the book is set. Considering Simon Michael has prosecuted and defended murderers, armed robbers, con artists and other assorted villainy during his 37 years as a barrister, he has more than enough stories and ideas to keep him writing for many years to come and I for one hope for many more thrillers involving the much loveable Charles Holborne. Urbane Publications have yet again published another cracking thriller and I can't praise these books enough, either read as standalones or as a series they really are terrific and I wish the author continued success with his very popular and compelling series. 5 stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Miriam Smith

    "Corrupted" is the fourth in the Charles Holborne legal thriller series written by ex-barrister Simon Michael and is the much anticipated follow up to "The Lighterman". These books portray 'BritCrime' at its best and I have to admit, even though I probably say this every time, this one was my favourite to date. If you love British courtroom dramas that don't bore you or use complicated legal jargon, you'll love these books and this respected and talented author is definitely BritCrime's answer t "Corrupted" is the fourth in the Charles Holborne legal thriller series written by ex-barrister Simon Michael and is the much anticipated follow up to "The Lighterman". These books portray 'BritCrime' at its best and I have to admit, even though I probably say this every time, this one was my favourite to date. If you love British courtroom dramas that don't bore you or use complicated legal jargon, you'll love these books and this respected and talented author is definitely BritCrime's answer to John Grisham. I always feel relaxed reading a Holborne thriller, Charles is a fantastic character and the fact that he is a boxer too just adds to the intriguing storyline that I particularly enjoy. Set in 1964, Charles is investigating a sex ring that involves not just the Krays and the Mafia, but also goes to the very echelons of the country's power. Although some of the plot line is of a distressing/sensitive matter it is handled delicately and certainly doesn't make you feel uncomfortable. I loved how this particular book involved more of the Kray twins - they've always been my favourite part of London's salubrious history - even bringing Ronnie's real life homosexuality into it. The true historical facts the story is based on did actually occur and includes real life characters like Lord Boothby and the heavyweight boxer Sonny Liston. You can't help but get pulled into the story as soon as you start reading, I had lots of sympathy for Teddy and his circumstances - the ending was quite a surprise to me but very apt and rounded off a fabulous and entertaining storyline. The use of police and court documents adds to the authenticity of the story and its clear the author knows what to include to keep the reader engaged. The author also has a wonderful way of incorporating old parts of London into his narrative, always conveying the history of buildings/streets etc so you really build up a picture of the capital city from bygone times to the swinging 60's when the book is set. Considering Simon Michael has prosecuted and defended murderers, armed robbers, con artists and other assorted villainy during his 37 years as a barrister, he has more than enough stories and ideas to keep him writing for many years to come and I for one hope for many more thrillers involving the much loveable Charles Holborne. Urbane Publications have yet again published another cracking thriller and I can't praise these books enough, either read as standalones or as a series they really are terrific and I wish the author continued success with his very popular and compelling series. 5 stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Corrupted is the fourth book in the Charles Holborne series. Personally I would recommend reading in order to get to know the main character better but the author does give enough information from previous books so that you can read them out of order if you so wish. This was such a sombre read due to the nature of the story. Even though the author doesn't go into any great detail with the sex ring, it is still very much an uncomfortable read. Teddy, the young lad that Charles finds himself helpin Corrupted is the fourth book in the Charles Holborne series. Personally I would recommend reading in order to get to know the main character better but the author does give enough information from previous books so that you can read them out of order if you so wish. This was such a sombre read due to the nature of the story. Even though the author doesn't go into any great detail with the sex ring, it is still very much an uncomfortable read. Teddy, the young lad that Charles finds himself helping, broke my heart. Even thinking about him now whilst writing my review I can't help but get all emotional.  What I love about this authors books is how he brings the real world into fiction. Everyone knows of the Krays. No doubt they were men at one time that were looked up to and envied. I think this will remind us though of the darker side to the brothers and the atrocities that they were party to. Corrupted is a dark and enthralling read that kept me turning the pages. Charles as always oozes charm and will certainly appeal to readers. This is a series that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend and if you haven't had the chance to read any yet then I urge you to do so.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Ryles

    Simon Michael is one of my favourite authors and I absolutely love his Charles Holborne series of legal thrillers set in 1960's London. I stand by and reiterate my earlier statement from the first book in the series, The Brief, as this really is 'Britcrime at its very best'. Having read the earlier books in the series, I felt as if I was catching up with an old friend in this latest instalment, Corrupted. Having said that, for those who haven't read the earlier books (why haven't you?) this read Simon Michael is one of my favourite authors and I absolutely love his Charles Holborne series of legal thrillers set in 1960's London. I stand by and reiterate my earlier statement from the first book in the series, The Brief, as this really is 'Britcrime at its very best'. Having read the earlier books in the series, I felt as if I was catching up with an old friend in this latest instalment, Corrupted. Having said that, for those who haven't read the earlier books (why haven't you?) this reads perfectly well as a standalone. Corrupted definitely has a dark and gritty feel to it as we glimpse the dark and seedy underbelly of 1960's London, in particular Ronnie Kray's notorious sex parties. I use the word 'glimpse' purposefully in this instance, as Simon Michael gives just enough details to leave much to the reader's imagination. After being picked up from the rail station by one of Ronnie Kray's henchmen, young Teddy Behr suddenly finds himself exposed to depths of depravity that will give him nightmares and before he knows it, he is accused of murder. Only one man in London can defend him: Charles Holborne. We find out so much more about Charles Holborne's character in Corrupted. He is clearly still suffering from the loss of his cousin, Izzy, and grief makes you do the strangest things. I felt that Charles wanted to go back to his youth when he was happy and Izzy was alive, so he joins his old boxing gym and signs up to a fight. Having fought Reggie Kray in his youth, the twins turn up for a photo opportunity with a Hollywood actress who bats her eyelashes at Charles. As his relationship to Sally has all but broken down, he is powerless to resist the allure of Patrizia Conti. So many facts are intricately woven into the story that my eyes widened in wonder as I headed off to Google, as I often do when reading a riveting book. I had never heard of the Robert Boothby scandal but it is this little nugget of truth that brings the whole book to life; for if Robert Boothby is real and the Kray twins are real, then why not Charles Holborne? It is this multi-dimensioned character of Charles Holborne that brings the book to life; the man who constantly disappoints his mother, who is both looked down upon and envied by his peers, and the man who, like Harry Potter, doesn't go looking for trouble but trouble usually finds him. You may have noticed that I haven't said a great deal about the plot...on purpose! I am sure that you will be as shocked, surprised and amazed as I was by the perfectly crafted plot that Simon Michael has created for us. As a real life barrister, of the legal kind as opposed to the caffeine based beverage (yes, I know it's a barista), nobody brings a court case to life with his words better than Simon Michael. It took a while for Corrupted to get into court, which is always my favourite part, but once it does I could have stood up and applauded, if I wasn't too busy reading. I don't know how he does it, but Simon Michael makes you feel as if you are actually in the courtroom. Corrupted, the dark and gritty latest instalment in the Charles Holborne series, deserves every single one of the five stars I didn't hesitate in awarding it. The writing is so vivid and visceral that I can't believe it hasn't been picked up for small screen; as brilliant as it is on paper, I think it would be positively breathtaking on screen. This whole series is the pinnacle of crime thriller writing and I am confident that nothing will ever knock it off its pedestal. I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hellebel

    I don't tend to read fiction that does not takes place in current times, unless it's really historical fiction (eg Robert Harris) but this 1960s London tale was a welcome treat. The author merges true facts and characters (from his own past life as a barrister) with fiction and creates a compelling read of crime and corruption in the era of the Krays. Crime, love, law all feature in an intriguing, if not fully gripping, story. I've not read a Charles Holborne novel before but if they are all thi I don't tend to read fiction that does not takes place in current times, unless it's really historical fiction (eg Robert Harris) but this 1960s London tale was a welcome treat. The author merges true facts and characters (from his own past life as a barrister) with fiction and creates a compelling read of crime and corruption in the era of the Krays. Crime, love, law all feature in an intriguing, if not fully gripping, story. I've not read a Charles Holborne novel before but if they are all this good it's worth a shot. The book does well as a stand-alone however as sufficient backstory if provided. Not for the faint-hearted in terms of violence and adult themes, but these things are handled delicately.

  7. 4 out of 5

    christina coleman

    A good read I found this book to be as enjoyable as the previous books. The storyline follows on from the other books. Although this book could be easily read without prior knowledge of the other books. You won't be dissappointed.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Garwood

    Cannot say enough about this book. It gripped me and wowed me, some effortless writing from Michael which painted a thrilling world using historical context of the 1960s and the Kray brothers. Its out on June 21st in Paperback, I will be a part of the blog tour on June 28th with a full review. Seek it out NextToTheAisle.blogspot.co.uk

  9. 5 out of 5

    Owen Knight

    My usual crime reading is of the Ruth Rendell and P D James sort. 1960s gangland crime is usually something I prefer to watch on film. One of the reasons I decided to read Corrupted was that I had attended a talk by the author, Simon Michael, at a literary festival a couple of years ago and found him to be a compelling speaker, both about his writing and his background and former career as a barrister. One of the many things I took away from his session was that he had retained over a hundred con My usual crime reading is of the Ruth Rendell and P D James sort. 1960s gangland crime is usually something I prefer to watch on film. One of the reasons I decided to read Corrupted was that I had attended a talk by the author, Simon Michael, at a literary festival a couple of years ago and found him to be a compelling speaker, both about his writing and his background and former career as a barrister. One of the many things I took away from his session was that he had retained over a hundred contemporaneous notebooks from his cases, in which he both prosecuted and defended some of the most notorious alleged villains of the time: people like the Krays and the Richardsons. With such a wealth of first-hand material at his disposal, together with the clear and incisive brain, essential to practising in this field (at a time when a poor performance by the defence could cost their client his or her life), here was a writer who had a head’s start over his rivals. I was not to be disappointed. Corrupted is as much a tale of morality as of the criminal fraternity. The Krays do indeed play a major role, together with politicians of the time, including Lord Boothby and Tom Driberg, whose homosexual habits, illegal at the time, are protected by corrupt liaisons with the police, the press the legal professional and even a Government, still reeling from the Profumo crisis and unwilling to risk further unsavoury revelations. Several other real-life personalities have walk-on parts, including the boxer Sonny Liston. The story concerns barrister Charles Holborne’s defence of a vulnerable teenager, Teddy, whose misfortune is to cross the paths of these characters, eventually being accused of the murder of a gang member. Charles is an interesting character who, like the author, has overcome a poor, East End Jewish childhood to excel at his profession, despite continually encountering prejudice on all of these counts. Although successful in his career, he lives according to a moral code which sometimes compels him to make altruistic personal decisions which sail close to, and even beyond, the borderlines of legality. It is, perhaps, the stress of many high-profile cases that cause Charles to make poor decisions in his personal life. The tension in the book comes from not only the matter of whether Charles can get Teddy off the charge but also his complex relationship with the Krays. It is made all the more real by Simon’s detailed knowledge of both law and procedure. One of my overriding thoughts about the book was how brave the author is in writing about real characters. You can’t libel the dead, but their surviving acquaintances can do far worse things to you than take you to court. A book to be enjoyed for its story and characters.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    This is the 4th Charles Holborne book I’ve read so the author must be doing something right.! I was really excited to be offered it as a review copy and once again immerse myself in Charles’s life as a barrister in 1960s London. One of the things I really enjoy about this series is the historical detail and in this book we also get a famous boxer and a glamorous actress to add to the mix. Charles gets involved defending a young boy, Teddy, who is accused of murdering one of the Kray’s henchmen and This is the 4th Charles Holborne book I’ve read so the author must be doing something right.! I was really excited to be offered it as a review copy and once again immerse myself in Charles’s life as a barrister in 1960s London. One of the things I really enjoy about this series is the historical detail and in this book we also get a famous boxer and a glamorous actress to add to the mix. Charles gets involved defending a young boy, Teddy, who is accused of murdering one of the Kray’s henchmen and he has to ensure that Teddy is kept hidden as the gangsters are looking for him too. His personal life seems to be looking up. He has moved in with his former clerk, Sally, and he is mending bridges with his family although his mother still treats him badly which makes it hard for him to commit fully to his own relationships. Charles is a flawed but likeable character who always tries to do the right thing even if he doesn’t necessarily succeed. We also get a taste of the boxing world when Charles decides he wants one last fight before he gets too old. Again the research is excellent and Charles’s gym and the people who inhabit it are really well described. The author is obviously drawing on his own experiences in his writing and this shows, particularly when he is describing legal processes and it would not surprise me if he had done a bit of amateur boxing too! As ever the book is fast paced and compelling and with a plot involving the Kray twins there is no shortage of excitement as Charles has to use all his wits to stay out of their clutches and protect his young client. Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for my arc in exchange for an honest review

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michael Bully

    I was totally won over by the fifth book in the series 'The Waxwork Corpse' and am now reading the rest in reverse order. Charles Holborne is certainly a superb lead character. And some intriguing sub-plots ....Charles as the barrister who goes back to boxing , Charles as the Working class Jew trying to hold down a relationship with a girl from a much more respectable background. The latter reminds me of some of John Braine's 'Room at the Top' novels. And the main storyline, about hypocrisy , sc I was totally won over by the fifth book in the series 'The Waxwork Corpse' and am now reading the rest in reverse order. Charles Holborne is certainly a superb lead character. And some intriguing sub-plots ....Charles as the barrister who goes back to boxing , Charles as the Working class Jew trying to hold down a relationship with a girl from a much more respectable background. The latter reminds me of some of John Braine's 'Room at the Top' novels. And the main storyline, about hypocrisy , scandal, abuse, reaching right to the top , politicians making dirty deals with gangsters, a helpless provincial boy thrown to the wolves , journalists muzzled by libel laws, is a great read. Charles has to make compromises, playing on the anti- homosexual prejudice of the courts to expose what he thinks is a greater injustice. Tries to negotiate with The Kray Twins . Above all the novel is a reminder of the darker side to the 1960's, the insidious corruption that was so prevalent that it tainted so many levels of society. Was fascinated by the storyline featuring Tory peer Lord Boothby and his connection to the Krays and how a potential scandal was covered up. So much of it can be confirmed as factual.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Di Paterson

    As good as the previous in the series This book in the series is more gruesome and hard-hitting than the previous ones, but just as good. With each book Charles becomes more interesting, with both flaws and good characteristics. I like the fact that the books are partly autobiographical, and the fact that the author, Simon Michael, is prepared to expose himself in sometimes unflattering light; it makes the character more real. The legal aspects of the story are well presented, and never too dry, As good as the previous in the series This book in the series is more gruesome and hard-hitting than the previous ones, but just as good. With each book Charles becomes more interesting, with both flaws and good characteristics. I like the fact that the books are partly autobiographical, and the fact that the author, Simon Michael, is prepared to expose himself in sometimes unflattering light; it makes the character more real. The legal aspects of the story are well presented, and never too dry, which adds to my enjoyment, and the historical aspect always eye-opening. I was born around the time in which these books are set, and I'm always flabbergasted at how things have changed in so many ways, such as the decriminalization of homosexuality, yet are the same in so many others from a societal point of view. For me, the mark of good historical fiction is that the nature of life in the time setting is conveyed realistically, and these novels do that brilliantly while telling good stories at the same time. I have the 5th book waiting for me, and I'm looking forward to it immensely.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Matheson

    Book 4 in the series, and although it may be read as a stand alone, I would advise to read the series in order as you get a better feel for the main character. Charles Holborne is once again caught up in a case which he shouldn't be however due to his nature of helping the more vulnerable in society, he takes it on. As the case has connections with the Krays, he has to tread carefully, always having to be one step ahead. The story at times may be a bit graphic for some readers especially in the Book 4 in the series, and although it may be read as a stand alone, I would advise to read the series in order as you get a better feel for the main character. Charles Holborne is once again caught up in a case which he shouldn't be however due to his nature of helping the more vulnerable in society, he takes it on. As the case has connections with the Krays, he has to tread carefully, always having to be one step ahead. The story at times may be a bit graphic for some readers especially in the description of the events which led to the murder as it highlights the still illegal activities of the older gay community and their abuse of young boys at the time plus the amount of corruption going on around London at all levels of society. Another fast paced drama as this series just gets better and better.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alison Waterfield

    Dramatic legal thriller Simon Michael delivers a fourth Charles Holborne thriller, which proves to be another enthralling and intriguing crime fiction read. I would recommend reading the previous books in this series to really appreciate the manner and behaviour of the main character, Mr Holborne. A difficult storyline for the era but brought to the fore with sensitivity and honesty. A thoroughly enjoyable book, look forward to more

  15. 4 out of 5

    JANE COOKE

    A thought provoking book I enjoyed this as much as the previous books. Good twist at the end. Look forward to the next one.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Twist

    Simon Michael’s fourth in his Charles Holborne series (do read them in order of publication for best effect), ‘Corrupted’ is a superb read - imaginative and authentic. Having served as a 1970’s Metropolitan Police Officer, then as a barrister in London, there is so much insight in Simon Michael’s novels that I recognise. Here is clean-cut writing that holds your attention from the first page, and a principal character that intrigues as the herald of change. This writer deserves to be more widely Simon Michael’s fourth in his Charles Holborne series (do read them in order of publication for best effect), ‘Corrupted’ is a superb read - imaginative and authentic. Having served as a 1970’s Metropolitan Police Officer, then as a barrister in London, there is so much insight in Simon Michael’s novels that I recognise. Here is clean-cut writing that holds your attention from the first page, and a principal character that intrigues as the herald of change. This writer deserves to be more widely known. I for one, am addicted!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer (JC-S)

    ‘Nobody’s innocent.’ London, 1964: gang warfare and widespread police corruption are part of the landscape. If you pay the right people enough money, you can get away with just about anything. Charles Holborne’s reputation as a respected and successful barrister continues to rise. He and his former clerk Sally have moved into a house together: the future is looking good. But Charles is restless. He knows that he is still on the radar of the Kray twins, and despite well-intentioned advice from oth ‘Nobody’s innocent.’ London, 1964: gang warfare and widespread police corruption are part of the landscape. If you pay the right people enough money, you can get away with just about anything. Charles Holborne’s reputation as a respected and successful barrister continues to rise. He and his former clerk Sally have moved into a house together: the future is looking good. But Charles is restless. He knows that he is still on the radar of the Kray twins, and despite well-intentioned advice from others, he wants one last boxing fight before he is too old. Charles is training hard and that, together with his work, leaves him less time to spend with Sally. And then he is approached in an unorthodox fashion, seeking his help to defend a young boy, Teddy, accused of murder. There’s nothing straightforward about this case: Teddy is accused of murdering an associate of the Kray twins, and he’s reluctant to talk. Senior politicians are involved, Teddy is also in danger, and Charles tries to keep him safe. In the meantime, Charles has a fight to prepare for. He’s under pressure from both his Chambers and the Krays to drop his defence of Teddy, and Sally is not happy. Life is further complicated when he is photographed with the Krays and Sonny Liston, and when a glamorous American actress enters his life. There’s a twist in this story I didn’t see coming, as well as a couple of developments that had me wanting to throw the book across the room in frustration. How, I asked myself, could such an astute observer of humanity be so stupid? And that’s the thing with this series, Charles Holborne is both flawed and (mostly) likeable. His legal brilliance is tempered by very human frailty. This is the fourth novel in the Charles Holborne series, and while I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the first three, I’ll certainly be looking to read the next one. Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Sapere Books for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes. Jennifer Cameron-Smith

  18. 5 out of 5

    A.Clarke

    Great read A great read and all the books so far have kept me interested up to the final page. I particularly enjoy the descriptions of 60s London and of the particular buildings,courts and legal establishments that are described so well. The characters are believable and because some are actual persons who are well known,or were, makes it more real. I look forward to the next Charlie Holborn adventure.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Riley

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mr Duncan S Grove

  21. 4 out of 5

    Graham

  22. 4 out of 5

    s p smith

  23. 5 out of 5

    MR J.R.WILLS

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Jane

  25. 5 out of 5

    Julio Rubio

  26. 4 out of 5

    edward fraser

  27. 5 out of 5

    David Miles

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kerry Dade

  29. 5 out of 5

    Simon C Fussell

  30. 4 out of 5

    CIARA NALLY

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