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The Richmond Diary

Peter Rawlinson

Minotaur Books

When aesthete and society snob Francis Richmond died, he believed that no one would ever remember him. But he left behind him a diary, and when his heir, a young out- of-work actor, comes across it, he takes it to the newspapers.

Digby Price, owner of News Universal, wants revenge. He wants to destroy the Minister for Defence Procurement, Richard Tancred - and Richmond's diary tells of Tancred's involvement with a millionaire industrialist.

Price publishes. Tancred sues. As Price's council, Mordecai Ledbury QC prepares to meet his thrusting young opponent Patrick Foxley in the libel court, the industrialist commits suicide. Tancred's fate seems sealed.

But Tancred is planing his own courtroom exposure. What he has to reveal is more tragic than the political shame Richmond thought he had stumbled across.

Impossible to put down, this is brilliant courtroom drama with a plot that moves like clockwork and an ending that has a real sting in its tail.

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Part OneChapter OneBolton Gardens, London. Tuesday, 16 AprilTomorrow I lunch with Kitty McClaren. Or Peregrine, as now his friends must call him. It is many years since he answered to the name of Kitty and certainly not these days – when he is a Right Honourable with a government car, an office in Whitehall and a Diary Secretary to organise his engagements. The voice on the telephone said ‘One o’clock, lunch at the Garrick Club, 17 April’, indicating how fortunate I was to have been granted an audience. ‘The Minister’, the voice went on, ‘must leave at
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  • Peter Rawlinson

  • Peter Rawlinson was an MP for 23 years and became Solicitor General, Attorney General, and later a Peer. For many years, he was a barrister at the top of his profession. In addition to his autobiography A Price Too High, he also wrote 5 novels: The Columbia Syndicate, Hatred and Contempt, His Brother's Keeper, The Caverel Claim, and Indictment for Murder. He lives in Wiltshire, England.
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