by Anne Perry
My rating: 4 stars
Series: Daniel Pitt - Book 1
Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 10, 2018)
Genre: Historical Suspense
Hardcover: 320 pages
In this first book in a new series, Thomas Pitt's son Daniel races to save his client from execution, setting him against London's Special Police Branch.
It's 1910, and Daniel Pitt is a reluctant lawyer who would prefer to follow in the footsteps of his detective father. When the biographer Russell Graves, who Daniel is helping defend, is sentenced to execution for the murder of his wife, Daniel's Pitt-family investigative instincts kick in, and he sets out to find the real killer. With only twenty-one days before Graves is to be executed, Daniel learns that Graves is writing a biography of Victor Narraway, the former head of Special Branch and a close friend of the Pitts. And the stories don't shed a positive light. Is it possible someone is framing Graves to keep him from writing the biography--maybe even someone Daniel knows in Special Branch?
The only answer, it seems, lies in the dead woman's corpse. And so, with the help of some eccentric new acquaintances who don't mind bending the rules, Daniel delves into an underground world of dead bodies and double lives, unearthing scores of lies and conspiracies. As he struggles to balance his duty to the law with his duty to his family, the equal forces of justice and loyalty pull this lawyer-turned-detective in more directions than he imagined possible. And amidst it all, his client's twenty-one days are ticking away.
Twenty-One Days by Anne Perry (Daniel Pitt, #1)They say, if we listen close enough, the dead will talk to us, they will tell the story of their death and it will be the truth and nothing but the truth. Daniel Pitt, a young attorney with a losing murder defense case dumped in his lap will have only TWENTY-ONE DAYS to save the life of his client, a man, while unlikable may very well be innocent, as he claims.
Russell Graves will die if Daniel cannot prove he did not murder his wife and the clock is ticking.
The year is 1910, long before modern day forensics could have made his job easier. The deceased was brutally murdered, her face and torso burned beyond recognition. But something wasn’t quite right about the remains of the fashionable socialite and Daniel will use all the help he can get from friends and family alike to either prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that his client is a murderer or discover a most bizarre twist in the case that will shock the world.
TWENTY-ONE DAYS by Anne Perry takes us back in time and details what detective work was like pre-modern forensics. An intriguing case, a mesmerizing mystery and a murder that may or may not be as it seems. Add one fresh, young attorney who won’t give up and you have a wonderful read that will test even the best amateur sleuth’s abilities! From the unpleasant defendant to the rookie attorney to the myriad of unlikely twists, this is one read whose British flare is magnetic! Expect the unexpected as the wheels of justice grind out one man’s fate before time runs out and rules will be bent to their breaking point. A mystery lover’s dream, filled with tension, unanswered questions and the dogged determination of one Daniel Pitt.
I received an ARC edition from Ballantine Books.