Trial of Passion

Trial of Passion

Book - 1997
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Arthur Beauchamp, a heralded criminal lawyer, has moved to a quiet island off the British Columbia coast. While trying to recover from a marriage gone sour, his retirement is interrupted by his former law partners-they want Arthur to take charge of the defense trial of Jonathan O'Donnell, the acting dean of a law school. O'Donnell has been accused of rape by one of the students, Kimberley Martin, a smart but arrogant woman who is engaged to a rich businessman. After much pleading, Beauchamp agrees to handle the case. He is drawn into complex legal situations dealing with gender and sex, while his personal life takes a provocative turn as well. A courtroom drama ensues, with unpredictable twists and bizarre events.
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : M&S, 1997
Description: 390 p
ISBN: 9780771026737
Branch Call Number: Deve


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Nov 30, 2011

This story contrasts the vibrant passions of two young characters against those of retired Arthur Beauchamp for his new neighbor, Margaret Blake. Many chuckles as Deverell describes the mating of these couples. This story includes court reports so it seems as if one is in the court as witnesses tell what they saw and heard.The topic of the story certainly is in the news....sexual assault of a student by a teacher. Deverell shows how each of the main participants viewed the event. Who should be believed?
Very enjoyable, although I admit I was losing my patience with Arthur's bumblings in the courtroom due to his daydreaming about Margaret. I liked how Deverell ends the story.

Jan 01, 2011

Enjoyed this author...get more

Good storyline, character development, vocab ++


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FavouriteFiction Oct 06, 2009

Criminal lawyer Arthur Beauchamp is pulled out of retirement to defend Jonathan O'Donnell, the acting dean of a law school, from rape charges.

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