Trial of Passion

Trial of Passion

Book - 2002
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*Winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Mystery Novel, 1998
*Winner of the Dashiell Hammett Award, 1998.

Arthur Beauchamp, one of Vancouver's most heralded criminal lawyers, has moved to a quiet island off the British Columbia coast. He's trying to recover from a marriage gone sour, but his retirement is interrupted by his former law partners -- they want Arthur to take charge of the defence trial of Jonathan O'Donnell, the acting dean of the law school. O'Donnell has been accused of rape by one of his students, Kimberley Martin, a smart but arrogant woman who is engaged to a rich businessman. If convicted, O'Donnell understands that his career will implode; he believes that only Arthur Beauchamp can save his professional life. After much pleading, Beauchamp agrees to handle the case. He is drawn into a complex legal situation dealing with gender and sex, while his personal life takes a provocative turn as well. A courtroom drama ensues, with unpredictable twists and bizarre events.

When published in Canada, Trial of Passion won the 1998 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Mystery Novel. And even though it hadn't yet been released in the U.S., the book was nevertheless winner of the 1998 Dashiell Hammett Award "for a work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing" as chosen by the North American branch of the International Association of Crime Writers.

Publisher: Toronto : ECW Press, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9781550225426
Branch Call Number: DEV
Characteristics: 413 pages


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Nov 30, 2011

This story contrasts the vibrant passions of two young characters against those of retired Arthur Beauchamp for his new neighbor, Margaret Blake. Many chuckles as Deverell describes the mating of these couples. This story includes court reports so it seems as if one is in the court as witnesses tell what they saw and heard.The topic of the story certainly is in the news....sexual assault of a student by a teacher. Deverell shows how each of the main participants viewed the event. Who should be believed?
Very enjoyable, although I admit I was losing my patience with Arthur's bumblings in the courtroom due to his daydreaming about Margaret. I liked how Deverell ends the story.

Jan 01, 2011

Enjoyed this author...get more

Good storyline, character development, vocab ++


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FavouriteFiction Oct 06, 2009

Criminal lawyer Arthur Beauchamp is pulled out of retirement to defend Jonathan O'Donnell, the acting dean of a law school, from rape charges.

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