Twenty-One Days ~~ Anne Perry

Twenty-One Days by Anne Perry
In the first book of an all-new series, a young lawyer races to save his client from execution, putting him at odds with his own father: Thomas Pitt, head of London’s Special Police Branch.

1910: Twenty-five-year-old Daniel Pitt is a junior barrister in London and eager to prove himself, independent of his renowned parents’ influence. And the new case before him will be the test. When his client, arrogant biographer Russell Graves, is found guilty of murdering his wife, Daniel is dispatched to find the real killer before Graves faces the hangman’s noose -- in only twenty-one days.

Could Mrs. Graves’s violent death have anything to do with her husband’s profession? Someone in power may be framing the biographer to keep damaging secrets from coming to light. It is a theory that leads Daniel’s investigation unexpectedly to London’s Special Branch -- and, disturbingly, to one of his father’s closest colleagues.

Caught between duty to the law and a fierce desire to protect his family, Daniel must call on his keen intellect -- and trust his natural instincts -- to find the truth in a tangle of dark deception, lest an innocent man hang for another’s heinous crime.
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    Apr-2018 (Hardcover)
    Apr-2019 (Paperback)
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I love Anne Perry, and especially her two long-running series set in Victorian England - the William Monk series & the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series. I was thrilled to see that she has started a new series with Thomas and Charlotte's son Daniel. We have skipped ahead a bit. It's 1910 and Daniel is 25 years old, and just out of Cambridge where he studied to be a barrister. He has joined a small, but elite law firm in London, and he's placed right in the middle of two very high-profile cases. In Daniel I saw a little of each of his parents. He's smart as a whip, and eager to prove himself. We were treated to cameo appearances of both Thomas and Charlotte as well. The case that Daniel is charged to work directly affects people he knows and loves, including his father, so the stakes are high. He handles the stress he is under with a great deal of aplomb, and pleasantly surprises his father, mother and his boss in the firm. A lot of social issues are touched on in this book, as it usually is with Ms. Perry's books. There are a lot of courtroom scenes as well with the two different cases Daniel is working on. I think this book has set the stage for a very interesting and entertaining new series. Ms. Perry is the queen of historical mysteries as far as this reader is concerned.
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