A HIGHER DUTY

Written by Peter Murphy

Review written by Ayo Onatade

Ayo Onatade is an avid reader of crime and mystery fiction. She has been writing reviews, interviews and articles on the subject for the last 12 years; with an eclectic taste from historical to hardboiled, short stories and noir films


A HIGHER DUTY
No Exit Press
RRP: £7.99
Released: 21st February 2013
Pbk Original

When it appears that a scandal is threatened it is clear that self-preservation is the order of the day no matter who may be standing in the way.  This is what happens when Kenneth Gaskell a member of the same set of chambers where Ben Schroeder a young and talented lawyer is also based finds himself involved in an affair with a high-profile client. 

If word were to get out then his reputation would be in tatters and it would ruin not only his career but that of his chambers and all those based in it as well.  But could the Head of Chambers have anything up his shelve that might help resolve the issue and also allow him to gain one over on his rival Miles Overton QC and where does Ben Schroeder come in all this?

A Higher Duty is a story about a set of barristers and their chambers set in the 1960s at a time when being in a set of chambers was like being a member of a very expensive club.  It deals with various ethical issues including misconduct, scandal, bigotry, and duplicity along with blackmail and murder.  One has to remember however that this is set in a period where on the one hand some of the things that take place were taken for granted at the time whilst some others would be considered inappropriate.

Would what happened in A Higher Duty bring down a set of chambers today?  I very much doubt it.  It is more likely to be seen as a personal matter and therefore Gaskell would have found himself hauled up in front of the Bar Disciplinary Panel and possibly in front of the other senior members of his chambers than bring the chambers into disrepute.

Of course there is going to be comparisons to Rumpole but they are totally different.  In A Higher Duty you have a rather complex plot, which Peter Murphy manages to sustain with a finesse that makes you appreciate the way in which the novel has been written.  There is a good sense of place and also the characterisation of the various individuals works very well indeed.  It would be good to see more of Ben Schroeder.

Peter Murphy certainly knows his stuff but it is as could be expected from someone who has spent a majority of his time as a barrister and has worked not only in the UK but also the US and the Hague and is currently a judge.

A Higher Duty is a good place to start if you want to gain a good insight into how one goes from being a student to a senior barrister and if you are lucky a QC back in the 60s.  That aside, it is a fascinating read about the law, barristers, and its vagaries.
cheat on husband how many women cheat on husbands married men who cheat
married men that cheat women who cheat why wifes cheat
i cheated on my husband with his best friend link is it my fault my husband cheated
i love my boyfriend but i cheat my boyfriend cheated on me with my best friend i want to cheat on my boyfriend
unfaithful husbands link why women cheat on men they love
why do men have affairs tfswhisperer.com cheaters
tadalafil 20mg sporturfintl.com prednisolone pill
forms of abortion blog.robard.com coupons promo codes
viagra 100 mg viagra without a doctor prescription viagra without a doctor prescription
petmart pharmacy coupons viagra manufacturer coupon 2015 rx discount pharmacy
wifes who cheat storyofcheating.com looking for affair
can i take amitriptyline with hydrocodone link can i take amitriptyline with hydrocodone
how much does it cost for an abortion open medical abortion pill
different types of abortion website-knowledge.com coupons discounts
coupon for bystolic coupons for bystolic generic bystolic
coupons prescriptions prescription coupon free printable cialis coupons
diabetes mellitus treatment diabetes affect sexuality 10mg cialis dosage
prescription drug cards eblogin.com prescription coupons
cialis coupons online blog.suntekusa.com prescription savings cards
viagra kaufen read viagra bei frauen
prescription drugs discount cards coupons for prescriptions discount drug coupons
amoxicillin nedir link amoxicillin 500 mg
dexamethasone suppression test dexamethasone suppression test explained dexamethasone mechanism of action in cancer
second trimester abortion effects of abortion pill abortions facts
abortion pill rights home abortion pill abortions facts
abortion pill stories the abortion pill anti abortion facts
best site for coupons sites for coupons coupon sites
cialis coupons 2015 unbosqueparaelplanetatierra.com cialis free coupon
clomid cycle clomid cycle clomid testosterone
acetazolamide spc acetazolamide blood brain barrier acetazolamide
vacuum aspiration abortion where to have an abortion how to end pregnancy
pro abortion ambito20.it third trimester abortion pill
amoxicillin dermani haqqinda amoxicillin-rnp amoxicillin 500 mg
acetazolamide acetazolamide blood brain barrier acetazolamide cerebral edema
what is abortion pill akum.org about abortion pill
about abortion pill buy abortion pill teenage abortion pill


Home
Book Reviews
Features
Interviews
News
Columns
Authors
Competitions
Blog
Shop
About Us
Contact Us

Privacy Policy | Contact Shots Editor

THIS WEBSITE IS © SHOTS COLLECTIVE. NOT TO BE REPRODUCED ELECTRONICALLY EITHER WHOLLY OR IN PART WITHOUT PRIOR PERMISSION OF THE EDITOR.