Set in London in the early 1960s, An Honest Man sees Charles come into contact with major-league villains, including the Kray brothers, with whom in truth he feels more at ease than he does with his professional colleagues. Charles Holborne s life is in ruins. Although acquitted of the murder of his wife, the damage to his reputation has left his barrister s practice in tatters and he is alone, in debt, and shunned. Out of the blue, Charles is asked to represent a fellow barrister called Robeson, a man considered to be a "villain s" brief, with a close relationship to the notorious Krays. With no choice but to accept, Charles finds himself drawn into a world of violence, gang warfare, corruption, and vice where it is not just his reputation at stake, but his very life."
Simon Michael was called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in 1978. In his many years of prosecuting and defending criminal cases he has dealt with a wide selection of murderers, armed robbers, con artists and other assorted villainy. A storyteller all his life, Simon started writing short stories at school. His first novel (co-written) was published by Grafton in 1988 and was followed in 1989 by his first solo novel, The Cut Throat, the first of the Charles Holborne series, based on Simon's own experiences at the criminal Bar. The Cut Throat was successful in the UK (WH Allen) and in the USA (St Martin's Press) and the next in the series, The Long Lie, was published in 1992. Between the two, in 1991, Simon's short story "Split" was shortlisted for the Cosmopolitan/Perrier Short Story Award. He was also commissioned to write two feature screenplays. Simon then put writing aside to concentrate on his career at the Bar. After a further 25 years' experience he now has sufficient plots based on real cases for another dozen legal thrillers. The Brief, a reworking of The Cut Throat, now set in sleazy Soho of the 1960s, will be published in September 2015 and Simon has almost completed the next two books in the series. Simon still practises law countrywide but now works only part-time. He lives with his wife and youngest child in Bedfordshire. He is a founder member of the Ampthill Literary Festival.
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