A Fatal Verdict – Tim Vicary

Author Interview: Tim Vicary

I would like to introduce Tim Vicary, the winner of the B.R.A.G Medallion

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Please tell us about your book, A Fatal Verdict.

A Fatal Verdict is the second in a series of three legal thrillers featuring a British barrister (trial lawyer) Sarah Newby. She’s a tough lady who left school when she became pregnant at fifteen and had a hard fight to get to where she is today. In all three of these books Sarah is confronted with trials in which she cannot be certain whether the clients she represents are guilty or innocent. The reader doesn’t know either, until the last minute. This means that although Sarah fights each case as hard as she can, there are difficult moral and emotional choices to be made, by her and the police and everyone else involved.

In the first book, A Game of Proof, Sarah’s own son, Simon, is accused of a series of dreadful rapes and murders. This is bad enough for any mother, but Sarah is not just Simon’s mother, she is also a lawyer, an officer of the court. So when she uncovers evidence which seems to prove her own son’s guilt, what should she do? Hide the evidence and risk her career, or tell the truth and betray her son? What would you do in that situation?

The same question comes back in A Fatal Verdict, in a different form. This time it is not Sarah who faces the difficult mother’s choice, but her client, Kathryn Walters. Kathryn’s daughter, Shelley, is murdered; a horrible experience for any parent. But what should a mother do, if the courts set her child’s killer free? How should the victim’s family – her mother, father, and sister – respond to that?

Should they accept the verdict, and try to forgive and forget? Or take the law into their own hands, and seek their own revenge? And if so, how – in practical terms – would they actually do it? Should they plan together or separately? And if one member of the family commits a crime, should the rest of the family lie to protect that person, or save themselves by telling the truth? This is why the book is called A Fatal Verdict; because the choices which confront the victim’s family are so terrible. So Sarah Newby finds herself defending a client for whom she feels great sympathy, but who seems, for reasons Sarah cannot understand, to actually want to be convicted of murder.

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