A Hallowed Place

A Hallowed Place

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A hallowed place it may be, but No 5 Caper Court in the Inner Temple is riddled with rumour and uncertainty. The head of chambers is dying; there is a move afoot to leave the Temple for Lincoln's Inn; and Leo Davies, the QC with the charmed and amoral life, is about to take one risk too many. Behind him lie a failed marriage, a string of lovers, and a habit of seductive cruelty which, until now, has left him unscathed. But at least two chickens are coming home to roost: Rachel, his ex-wife and a lawyer herself is ready to do anything necessary to protect her son from his father; and Sarah Colman, who arguably knows more of Leo's secrets than anyone, has come to be a pupil at Caper Court. Then there is Joshua, beautiful, uncommitted - and looking for a safe haven.
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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 26mm | 281.23g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0753810905
  • 9780753810903

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The Fourth and, sadly, final volume of the dazzling Caper Court quarter of novels by the barrister-daughter of George ('Flashman') MacDonald Fraser - a trenchant, knowledgeable and entertaining consideration of the British class system, its social and sexual mores. The elitist setting is a barristers' Chambers, and the story begins (in The Pupil) with two applicants for one permanent Tenancy: Edward, rich, indolent, nephew of the Head of Chambers, and Anthony Cross (who wins the coveted pupillage) - a brilliant scholarship boy, son of a 1960s drop out, permanently hard up, floundering in a snobbish world and suddenly, to his perturbation, sexually confused. At the centre of all the stories is the charismatic, amoral, self-centred Leo Davies, who 'wants it all': money, power, sex and love, and is prepared to be completely ruthless to obtain it; exploiting Anthony's equivocation to his sexual ends, and marrying solicitor Rachel Dean (and fathering a child) as cover for his own ambiguity. What is even more riveting than the shenanigans of these two central characters is the cunningly-drawn legal setting, especially of Caper Court, the Chambers to which they belong; threatened in this latest novel when a battle erupts between the traditionalists, who want to stay in this 'long-hallowed place' and the modernists, intent on moving to new, more spacious, trendier premises. Simultaneously Leo's ill-considered marriage is crumbling. He's in danger of losing access to his small son to whom he is devoted. Then, catastrophically and destructively, he becomes the one to fall helplessly, hopelessly, unsuitably in love. And that isn't all ... There's a final twist in the tale. Altogether a tour-de-force of impressive dimensions. (Kirkus UK)
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