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"From The Shadows is utterly gripping and highly inventive - top notch crime fiction at its appealing, captivating, page-turning best"

"strong characters, great plot and an excellent climax. I can’t wait for the next one "

"intriguing action and a thrilling ending .... such a fast paced novel I was glued to the pages"




The Lawyer

When defence lawyer Dan Grant inherits a murder case just weeks away from trial, he's just expected to babysit it and take his fee. But Dan's not that kind of lawyer. If he takes on a case then he investigates it his way - wherever the evidence takes him. 


The Investigator


Jayne Brett is Dan's investigator and a woman with a terrible secret in her past - one that still haunts her today. Needing the money, she takes on the task of investigating the case that Dan's inherited. But has she taken on more than she can handle? 


The Case


Mary Kendricks was a pretty, smart, twenty-four-year-old teacher. Now Mary Kendricks is dead and Robert Carter is in the dock, accused of her brutal murder. 

But as Dan and Jayne investigate, they discover that perhaps there is more to this case than meets the eye - but in order to do their jobs they need to push the limits of the system, even if it means putting themselves in danger . . . 

From The Shadows is the first in a new series involving a defence lawyer, Dan Grant, and a private investigator, Jayne Brett.

The relationship between the two is complex, as Dan Grant was once Jayne's lawyer, when she was accused of murdering her boyfriend. Dan secured her freedom and her loyalty.

The Dan Grant series sees a return to the small cotton towns of the Lancashire hills, the setting for my first six books. The fictional town of Highford is the setting for this novel, although I had many real settings in my head when I wrote the book.

My main focus was to make the books more legal. I have been a criminal lawyer for over twenty years, first as a defence lawyer and then as a Senior Crown Prosecutor. Criminal law is a passion and I wanted to use the courtroom settings more. They are dramatic places and I thought it was about time we had some legal dramas in the north of England, albeit the inspiration was the Petrocelli TV series from the seventies.

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