This is a mystery novel circa 1980’s by writer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Millar (we both attended the same high school, although different centuries mind you) the author that specialized in if not invented court-room procedurals. I’m only on the first chapter a whopping sixty something pages, which I’m not used to. However, so far it paints a detailed and entertaining story.
The book is approximately three hundred and thirty pages in length which was probably standard for a mystery novel at that time. As mentioned each chapter was quite lengthier than what I’m used to reading pulp-fiction novels of about two hundred pages.
Breaking down the chapter’s by the six main characters; The Judge, Donnelly (which is the defendants lawyer), The District Attorney, The Clerk, The Witnesses, and The Defendant.
The opening quote is quite applicable; “Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.” ~Honoré de Balzac
The judge is near to retirement and this may be one of his last high profile cases. It is a high profile case because the alleged murderer is the skipper from the Caribbean on a millionaires yacht and the victim is an upper-class lady from Bakersfield, California. Cully King, the skipper of the Bewitched had met at the bar of Marina del Playa. A ritzy hotel that Cully happened to be checking out while bar hopping in a dapper navy blue blazer and skipper hat. …
(review under process – work in progress)
The story end with justice being served but not as one would expect from a law abiding citizen!