Shelfari edited the description of Dead Man's Shoes Sunday, February 5, 2012.
How can you defend someone you know is guilty? Bloody easily, Marc Dufour would say. Especially when there’s £50,000 on the brief. That buys, as he puts it, a lot of commitment. But he’s stepping into a dead man’s shoes – a murdered man’s shoes - and before long he realises that this case may well be his last, too. A much loved celebrity sits at the apex of an international sex trafficking and muti murder ring. A vulnerable young girl is the key witness against him. Marc has to destroy her. But he believes every word she is saying. And she’ll be sent to her death if Marc succeeds. Small wonder he’s under pressure. His alcoholism doesn’t help. Nor does a personal life that’s in tatters. He’s in love again. Until his lover is murdered by the traffickers. Marc has a choice. A short heroic existence or a long, anonymous one. As his life starts to unravel, he surprises himself. Before long, Marc is on the run from both the gang and the security services, desperately trying to find the one piece of evidence that will nail his own client – before he is killed. This scintillating page turner is a welcome third legal thriller from Janet Bettle, herself a barrister. Marc Dufour is a wonderful new character – cynical, savagely funny and with scant respect for anyone. That is, until he meets Malaika, a traumatised young girl who has been sex trafficked into London. The pair clash in a stunning courtroom scene which sets up Marc’s defection and his remorseless hunting down on an Oxford street – an unforgettable climax which just simply can't be put down.