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Beneath the cherry tree (2009)

by David L. Bates

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Julian Paul is a barrister with an addiction for the horses and a dodgy client. When he comes across some distasteful information he decides to blackmail an old family friend.

This is a first novel by a practising barrister. A bit slow to get going and then it felt like it was concluded abruptly but you couldn't fault Bates for his accurate portrayal of the New Zealand court system. ( )
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"Julian Paul is a Wellington barrister with a gambling problem. Anthony Samuels is a remand prisoner and Julian's client. He faces serious drug charges and is desperate for bail. Julian undertakes to arrange this for an exorbitant fee - by blackmailing a Judge who had a homosexual relationship many years previously. Will Julian succeed? Will he ruin his future and destroy his family in the process? Can same sex relationships be an expression of true love?--Back cover.… (more)

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