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Kill All the Lawyers

KillAll Lawyers Ebook Cover

This novel – as evidenced both by its tongue-in-cheek title and the cover illustration – was my first foray into the humour genre. Peppered with all the ingredients of a classic whodunit – the array of suspects, the red herrings that nibble at the hook, even a parlour-room climax presided over by a roly-poly Poirot-like detective – it’s both a mystery and a send-up of a mystery, replete with a mystery-within-a-mystery being written by a neurotic lawyer/wannabe author.

And it’s newly available as an ebook written, directed, and produced by this author, on Kindle, iBooks, and other electronic platforms. http://www.amazon.com/Kill-All-The-Lawyers-ebook/dp/B005UHIX6G/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1378233402&sr=8-3&keywords=kill+all+the+lawyers.


A snippet from a review by the late Robin Skelton, an iconic figure in Canadian literature: “A lawyer is killed shortly after he has astonished everyone by successfully defending an undoubtedly guilty client. A second lawyer who has a similar success is shot at, and the legal community begins to think that someone out there is attempting to correct undesirable verdicts by sentencing lawyers to death … The social comedy is hilarious. This is a brilliantly wrought novel, ingenious, entertaining, and continually surprising. Deverell deserves an award for this one.”

“Terrific new crime novel.” Toronto Sun

“This is just an all-round great romp of a book, a wonderful and uproarious whodunit with a magnificently convoluted plot and a cast of characters to die for – a bunch of which do – by one of the country’s best (and most irreverently funny) crime and mystery writers.” Ottawa Sun

“As usual, Deverell has whipped up some of the slimiest, scummiest and hilarious characters you’re ever going to find between the covers of a book. It’s a first-rate whodunit, populated by folks you won’t want to forget.” Regina Leader Post

“This is a fast, funny novel, West Coast thriller king William Deverell’s response to the blockbuster legal potboilers of such lesser, wealthier writers as John Grisham and Scott Turow.” Quill and Quire

“A bitingly funny whodunit.” Maclean’s

“Sly, wickedly amusing, … irreverent, refreshing.” Vancouver Sun

“A smart, witty book with great characters and a clever plot.” Toronto Globe and Mail

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