"He knows all about crime and punishment. In a previous life, award-winning crime writer William Deverell was legal counsel in more than a thousand criminal cases, including 30 murder trials. He has not looked back since his first legal thriller, Needles, won the $50,000 Seal Prize. There followed a string of bestsellers including High Crimes, Platinum Blues, Mind Games, The Dance of Shiva and Kill All the Lawyers. His latest, Kill All the Judges (McClelland & Stewart, 2008) is the sequel to the 2006 Arthur Ellis Award winner, April Fool. It features the colourful Rumpole-like lawyer/detective Arthur Beauchamp. Deverell is also the creator of the longrunning television series, Street Legal, aired in over 50 countries.
William Deverell would prefer not to be typed as a crime writer. However, his 15 briskly-selling books, numerous awards (including the Dashiell Hammett Award for literary excellence in crime writing), consistently positive reviews, and legions of loyal readers would seem to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the defendant is pretty darn good at it." (christiguc)