The Night Lawyer
One of the nicest things about becoming a writer has been getting to know other writers. Crime writers are unusually convivial and can often be found propping up the bar together and commiserating about publishers (unlike the romantic novelists, who I've heard are at each other's throats). I usually find that when I like someone, I like their books too, and vice versa. It's been great getting to know Michelle Spring. I read her first book, EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE, when it came out in the early 1990s. It was set in Cambridge, where I was living at the time. My first copy was pinched from the outside pocket of the bag I'd checked into a left luggage office - the irony of it ! - and I just had to know how it ended, so I had to buy another copy. Four more fine novels followed. Michelle's new novel, THE NIGHT LAWYER, is a break from her series of Laura Principal P. I. stories. It's a suspense novel set on the Isle of Dogs. Eleanor Porter tries to leave her troubled past behind her and make a new start as the night lawyer in a newspaper office. She's responsible for clearing articles for libel. It's a great idea. Offices can be creepy places at night and soon some very sinister things start happening - one in particular had the hairs standing up on the back of my neck. But I won't spoil it for you . . .