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Book Review: The Unbroken Line by Alex Hammond - Reviewed by CloggieA (21 Aug 2015)
The Unbroken Line is the second novel in the Will Harris series by Australian author, Alex Hammond. Life for lawyer Will Harris seems to be back on an even keel: he is recovering from stab wounds heroically acquired; his new law practice is getting off the ground (if only his new partner wasn’t quite so absent); and he has the lovely Eva Mercuri at his side. While his involvement with the Ivanic family is an irritation that needs to be sorted, and he is less than popular with the Police, Will is confident things are looking up. Then a shocking attack by two masked men with a warning to “back off” leaves Eva scarred and Will beaten and confused. And things start to get complicated, again.
Investigation into the attack turns up little; Will finds himself pressured by the Ivanics to take on a case; his mum, Justice Maeve Sheehan, asks him to consider defending the son of her colleague; the OPP is considering looking at ethics breaches in his previous case; his new partner’s association with a certain footballer is a worry, and his interest in First Fleet Officers is puzzling.
Hammond gives the reader a fast-paced legal thriller that also touches on a myriad of topical issues: bullying, torture, internet posting of covertly filmed sexual assault, off-field behaviour of sporting celebrities, sexual slavery, high level corruption and teenage suicide all feature. Certain elements of the story appear, at first, to be a distraction to the main plot, but Hammond cleverly ties all the loose ends together in a heart-stopping climax at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day. Will Harris is a hero who, at times, seems to blur the line between legal and illegal, between right and wrong, but ultimately, it seems his heart is in the right place. A riveting read. With thanks to GoodReads FirstReads for this copy to read and review 4.5 stars
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