Street Legal

By William Deverell

Street Legal
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A Toronto lawyer defends a hit man as the Midnight Strangler stalks the city in a legal thriller based on the author’s popular CBC drama Street Legal

From the two-time Arthur Ellis Award winner and Dashiell Hammett Prize recipient

Toronto, 1980. Three ambitious young lawyers ... Read more


Overview

 

A Toronto lawyer defends a hit man as the Midnight Strangler stalks the city in a legal thriller based on the author’s popular CBC drama Street Legal

From the two-time Arthur Ellis Award winner and Dashiell Hammett Prize recipient

Toronto, 1980. Three ambitious young lawyers are out to make a name for themselves with their own practice. Chuck Tchobanian and Leon Robinovitch are testing the boundaries of free speech with a pair of controversial cases. Carrie Barr, fresh from her success defending a drifter charged as the notorious Midnight Strangler, takes the most dangerous case of all: a suave hit man who proves to be far more dangerous — and alluring — than she imagined.

Soon Carrie finds herself drawn into a web of terror as a rogue police operation, a ruthless drug lord, and a series of brutal murders threaten to tear the fledgling firm apart. Meanwhile, the Midnight Strangler is still at large . . . and may have chosen Carrie as his next victim.

 

William Deverell

 

After careers as a journalist, criminal lawyer, and political activist, William Deverell turned to fiction and on his first effort won the $50,000 Seal First Novel Award. Since then, he has earned multiple prizes for his 20 published novels, including the Dashiell Hammett Prize for literary excellence in crime writing in North America, two Crime Writers of Canada Awards (formerly the Arthur Ellis Award)for best Canadian novel, and two runners-up for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. He holds two honorary Doctor of Letters degrees. He lives in Pender Island, B.C.

 

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