December 18th, 2023
The Long Shot Trial, In bookstores in spring, 2024
The background: a young housemaid is violently raped by her employer, a callous, vindictive multi-millionaire. She shoots him point blank, and tearfully confesses to police. It's an open-and-shut cases of first-degree murder -- or so it seems.
Haunted by having bungled his only previous murder case, Arhur is pressed into service by his firm to take on a sure loser. But as the trial speeds through explosive twists and turns, it becomes a media spectacle, and a courtroom star is born.
While writing his memoir, Arthur learns that it's not easy to raise a defence against his social gaffes, boozing, and sex scandals, especially as he regularly runs afoul of the quirky characters who inhabit his supposedly idyllic Garibaldi Island.