Published 2004

Street Legal: The Betrayal

The year is 1980. Three struggling, ambitious young lawyers set up their own practice. Partner Carrie Barr, fresh from her success defending a drifter charged as the notorious Midnight Strangler, takes on the case of a suave hit man who proves to be far more dangerous — and alluring — than she imagined. Carrie finds herself drawn into a web of terror; a rogue police operation, a ruthless drug lord, and a series of brutal murders threaten to tear apart their fledgling firm. Meanwhile, the Midnight Strangler is still at large. Has he chosen Carrie as his next victim?

This is the novel that brings back the beloved characters of the CBC television series Street Legal, written by the creator of that series. It is set in 1980, when Carrie Barr, Leon Rubinovitch, and Chuck Tchobanian were young, struggling and ambitious, and making a name for themselves.

Carrington Barr, fresh from her successful defence of a drifter charged as the notorious Midnight Strangler, takes on the case of a suave, handsome hit man. Her new client is proving to be far more dangerous - and alluring - than she could have imagined. Soon she finds herself drawn into a web of terror involving a rogue police operation, a ruthless drug lord, and a series of brutal murders that threatens to tear apart the firm of Rubinovitch, Barr, Tchobanian. Meanwhile, the Midnight Strangler is still at large. Has he chosen Carrie as his next victim...

"A rollicking romp of a read." Edmonton Journal

"Restores the excitement, humor and intelligence portrayed so well on screen." Quill and Quire

"Deverell injects more electricity into his novels than anyone currently writing in Canada – perhaps anywhere." London Free Press

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