Patchwork Man has been awarded a B.R.A.G. medallion for indie excellence, and is the first in the compelling Patchwork People suspense trilogy.
When top English barrister Lawrence Juste's wife is killed, he thinks the worst he'll have to face is too much sickly sympathy and press attention.
All the things he's ever hidden in his murky past come back to confront him as he opens the letter his dead wife has left him - the blackmail letter. So begins a different kind of nightmare for him; one entwining incest with murder and intrigue with betrayal, which he may not survive...
The Story Behind This Book
Lawrence Juste QC finds himself tricked into taking a case defending a juvenile against a charge of manslaughter by his clever, but dead, wife. Normally he wouldn’t have even opened the folder without her around to persuade him, but she’s left something else to do that for her; a list of all the unsavoury people and events from his past. The ones he’s carefully hidden until now and didn’t even know she was aware of.
Disconcertingly, the boy reminds him of himself – not only as a person but in the crime he’s supposed to have committed. Taking the case catapults Juste into a world that touches his own past with alarming regularity until it throws up the brother he betrayed as a teenager, the bully he’s done his best to avoid ever since and a disturbingly attractive female liaison. It also leads him on a journey in which he rediscovers the family he rejected, has to answer for the murder he should have ensured was fairly tried, but didn’t, and himself – or the principles the man who styled himself Lawrence Juste once wanted to adhere to. By the time the book closes, the links to his forgotten family have become disturbingly closer and so has the childhood bully. And the one person who seems to be the linchpin for all of it is Juste’s dead wife whose influence still seems very much alive and active...
Praise and Reviews
B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree: "We are proud to announce that PATCHWORK MAN by D.B. Martin is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!"
"A powerful novel"
"I literally could not put my reader down. This book is a page turner full of surprises. Cannot wait for the next book."
"Martin’s ability to hold you in suspense is uncanny."
"D.B. Martin has a flair for building layer upon layer of meanings in dosages individually tolerable until the entire story comes to an end. This is the beginning of an immensely successful trilogy."