A hamper of treats, a series of beautifully judged vignettes ... Grant excels himself ... He is a master at conveying the cut-and-thrust of cross-examination, managing to maintain a sense of speed while making sure the reader does not miss the cultural or legal context. His style is drily witty, but just when you start to think he is a bit too detached from what are, after all, matters of life and death, he soars into a rhetorical flight ... Very moving
The Old Bailey might be a Jacobean theatre, at times. But like this deceptively thrilling book, it also stands for something very serious
Excellent . . . Thomas Grant offers detailed accounts of 11 cases at the Old Bailey's Court Number One, with protagonists ranging from the diabolical to the pathetic. There is humour . . . but this is ultimately an affecting study of how the law gets it right - and wrong
Thrilling ...In meticulous detail Grant rehearses the context and events of each case, the trial proceedings and the ripples they caused beyond the courtroom ... [he] creates a compelling narrative around each
Grant writes with the style and fluency of a far more experienced author. He makes judicious use of his rich material
In the old cases outlined, we see recurring human weaknesses that really do tell us as much about our own society as about those of the past.
Elegantly written, carefully researched