Cut-Throat Defence

What price justice?

Jack Kowalski is a young barrister who finds himself working on the biggest drugs trial in British history. He argues a savage ‘cut-throat’ defence – a risky tactic where the defendants blame each other.

As the son of Polish immigrants Kowalski has always found it hard to fit in, with a sense of inferiority denting his performances in Court. Now he must face his demons and fight not only for his clients, but also for his future.

When the defendant unexpectedly absconds, Jack and solicitor Lara Panassai struggle to hold the case together. In search of their client, and desperate for new evidence, they are soon drawn deep into Manchester’s seedy criminal underworld.

As the case grows darker, who can Jack really trust?

Intensely plotted and written with real-life insider expertise, Cut-Throat Defence is a gripping thriller filled with rivalry, ruthlessness and nail-biting courtroom suspense.


‘The tautly-written, tense thriller weaves together the fates of crime victims, gangsters, cops and lawyers – often culminating in realistic courtroom drama.’

Manchester Evening News

‘A legal thriller in the great Grisham tradition – genius author!’

Gyles Brandreth

‘The violence in the criminal underworld of Manchester is presented in scenes which are short and shocking. Cut-Throat Defence is an excellent read.’

Simon Brett, author and CWA Golden Dagger winner

‘Cut-Throat Defence is absolutely gripping from the very first chapter. Packed full of twists and turns, I was on the edge of my seat waiting for the verdict.’

Liz Loves

‘This is the first Oliver Jarvis crime novel I've read and wow, I love it! It's a fast-paced legal thriller written in a captivating style that just keeps you entertained.’

Bits About Books

‘To put it simply, I loved it, I devoured all the pages, all the characters … my top book of 2016.’

Chocolate Pages

‘I couldn’t put it down’

David’s Book Blurg

‘This book carries what is now becoming this author’s trademark, a legal thriller with real edge and depth of plot with characters that stick around in the mind long after the story and the trial are over. I was hooked into the clutches of this story from the very first page.’

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