An urban legal/crime novel set in the beautiful Scottish city of Edinburgh.
Part I of The Parliament House book series
When Glaswegian Brogan McLane completes many years of university education and legal training he crosses that great divide from Glasgow to Edinburgh. ‘Called’ to the Bar of the Scottish Supreme Court, he becomes a member of the most prestigious club in Scotland; The Faculty of Advocates in Parliament House.
When High Court Judge, Lord Aldounhill, is found dead after a transvestite party in his sumptuous home, those who know the killer close ranks and need a scapegoat – who better than ‘outsider’ Brogan McLane?
Out on bail with his career on hold, McLane and his band of blood brothers in the Calton Bar in Glasgow need to get ahead of their enemies or McLane will go down for life after Trial. But every time they discover a piece of evidence, it seems there is a mirror image to contradict it.
Through the murky world of Russian controlled transvestite hotels and with some unexpected police and judicial help, McLane battles against ‘Low Life in High Places in the Old Town’ until the killer is found.
But well protected and knowing all the tricks, will the killer ever stand trial in Parliament House
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Glaswegian Brogan McLane could often be found in the bars of Edinburgh rubbing shoulders with the undesirable members of society, that were more of his class. The thing was, these days, the other bar that he could be found at was in the Edinburgh Supreme Courts after spending years at university to become a member of the most prestigious club in Scotland, The Faculty of Advocates in Parliament House. A very difficult transition really because he was a little bit of a square peg in a round hole that didn’t seem comfortable now propping up either bar. He would never really fit well with the old boys club where it was more a right of passage through their class that had steered them to their high ranking positions.
When High Court Judge Lord Aldounhill is found brutally murdered in his home, Brogan McLane is set up as a patsy to take the fall for it. The career he worked so hard for is hanging by a thread along with his freedom. A conviction for murder will mean life in prison. After being released on bail he and his remaining true friends set about proving his innocence, but with evidence going missing as quickly as it is discovered, it will be an up hill battle. Something that isn’t new to him and his friends.
This is the first book in a new series for author John Mayer and my what a super start. I liked the glossary of terms in the beginning of the book which made reading much easier rather than finding it at the back when I have done. It really is worth giving this a once over before you start reading. One other thing too is the book is written with some Scottish dialect which for me gave it real true grit.
I really took to Brogan from the start, you just have to love a character that excels but still has his feet planted firmly on the ground. This murder mystery is quite a little cracker to work on too as there is the continuing investigation going on along side of the trial for murder. I was totally engrossed in it all.
There are two further books in this series which will be definitely on my TBR list.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John Mayer (b. 1952) was born in Glasgow, Scotland at a time of post-WW2 austerity. But in 1963 when he heard The Beatles on Radio Caroline, his life path was set. Aged 14 he walked out of school because, in his opinion, he wasn’t being well taught. Every day for the next year, in all weathers, he cycled 9 miles to and 9 miles from the Mitchell Library in central Glasgow where he devoured books of all kinds.
While still an apprentice engineer he was soon teaching men two and three times his age.
But in the 1970s he ‘dived off a cliff’ and set out to become a Record Producer. He built his own record company trading in 14 countries. After a court battle with global giants, he went to the University of Edinburgh and became an Advocate in the Supreme Courts of Scotland. He acted for the downtrodden and desperate as well as Greenpeace International. His specialism was in fighting international child abduction.
As an author, John has written non-fiction, legal texts and articles; broadcasting to tens of millions of people on US and UK radio, TV and print media.
The Trial is the first novel in his Parliament House Books series. Set in Edinburgh, it’s an homage to Franz Kafka’s book of the same title. The Trial sees crusading Scottish Advocate, Brogan McLane, fight injustice casually delivered by Low Life in High Places in the Old Town.
HERE ARE OTHER BOOKS BY THIS AUTHOR IN THIS SERIES
WHY NOT TAKE A LITTLE PEAK AND READ A LITTLE TASTER OF THIS BRILLIANT STORY.