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  • The Brief

  • Charles Holborne, Book 1
  • By: Simon Michael
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (2,713 ratings)

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Summary

London in the 1960s: gang wars, corrupt police, vice and pornography. Ex-boxer Charles Holborne has plenty of opportunities to build his reputation with the criminal classes as a barrister who delivers. But Charles, an East End boy made good, is not all he seems, and his past is snapping at his heels.

When his philandering wife has her throat slashed, Holborne finds himself on the wrong side of the law and on the run. Can he discover the truth of the brutal slaying and escape the hangman's noose?

Based upon real Old Bailey cases and genuine court documents, The Brief is the first in barrister Simon Michael's series of compelling criminal dramas, an evocative slice of sleazy glamour from the swinging '60s. Simon Michael delivers an authentic and addictive listen for any crime fan.

©2015 Simon Michael (P)2017 Audible, Ltd.

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An extremely good story told by a fantastic crime teller. Recommended to those who haven’t heard of the author, as I hadn’t.

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Good story well read

I enjoyed this book. It rattles along with some interesting characters. The narration was excellent.

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Entertaining story

Well narrated, the story takes a journey into the criminal world of London in the 1960s.

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Started well

Initially I thought was going to be great but as the book evolved, it felt like the writer lost his way, needed more words to fill the book quota and so resorted to what I felt were completely unnecessary, superfluous descriptions. Worst of all the ending was very disappointing - shame.

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Excellent!

Really enjoyed this book and the narrator was excellent too. Great to have such good books included free with membership.

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The brief

Slow to start but when you get into it, it makes for an interesting read. One of the better included books I have listened to.

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Good Read

Took a little time to get into the story. However, I thoroughly enjoyed it and was not expecting some of the twists.

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Really enjoyable ‘freebie’!

This was included with the membership but having listened to it I would happily have paid. Really enjoyed the styling, performances and plot.

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Wonderful use of language

Wonderful use of language throughout. A well told tale, beautifully narated with varying accents tonhelp bring the characters to life.

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Slow start but good finish

Wasn’t sure about this but keep listening it gets going and brings to mind images of a young Michael Cain and Terrance Stamp

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