Low Life Lawyer: In The Footsteps of Bechet

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  • Author Name: Michael Simmons
  • Publication Date: 28/09/2016
  • Format: Paperback

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“Richard had enjoyed a stellar career as a lawyer. Laid low once, he had reinvented himself but after failing again he had not yet managed a further professional reincarnation. He still had a grubby piece of paper which certified him as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales but anyone bothering to check his bona fides with the Law Society would find that he was not a paid up member and that there were numerous blots on his record…”

Low Life Lawyer details the rise and fall – and rise again – of a rogue lawyer who is also a talented jazz clarinet musician. Inspired by a lengthy legal and journalist career, Michael Simmons has taken inspiration from novelists such as John Grisham and Kingsley Amis to bring us this gripping legal thriller, featuring protagonist Richard Gregory plus a literary cameo from American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist and composer Sidney Bechet. It’s set in the 1950s and 60s.

2 reviews for Low Life Lawyer: In The Footsteps of Bechet

  1. Neil Alton

    If you’re a trad jazz fan, especially of the Bechet variety, it’s for you. If you’re a UK lawyer from the ’50s & 60s, it’s definitely for you. If you’re both, it’s irresistible. But even if you’re neither, the experiences & atmosphere surrounding the main protagonist are so evocative of that era, they’ll draw you in.

    Ingeniously written, partly as seen through the eyes of participants, the narrative & scene settings take on their inevitable logic, & lead to a conclusion you try to resist. Hard to put down, this re-creation of life then, at both ends of the social & business scale, is enjoyable, educational, at times a hilarious romp, & great fun. A very different & rewarding read. .

  2. Nimrod

    Initially, I found the first few chapters hard to get into. Then I became hooked. I love the way the narrative comes from the different characters. This makes it psychologically come alive and embellishes the era giving you a full flavour from all their perspectives, sprinkled with jazz, law and sex . Would loved it to be a little longer.

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