* From author for review *
David Shepherd wakes in a prison cell, with vague recollections of his cab fare turning ugly the previous night. He soon learns with a shock, that he isn't in a London Police Station for questioning, he is in fact in Purgatory, having been killed the previous night and is now awaiting trial for his life.
Olivia is an Angel and also his Defence Attorney, and David will soon give testimony in the Court of Saint Peter; the outcome a sentence to one of the 10 rings of Hell or entrance through the Pearly Gates.
The prosecutor drives the case, selecting a specific time period in David's life and then building his argument against him breaking one of the Ten Commandments. In this way, the reader gets to know the protagonist - David Shepherd - well, in a series of flashbacks.
The Devil's In The Detail has it all really, action, suspense, pop culture references (I particularly enjoyed the music references while other readers will enjoy the sport in the background) and a nice surprise at the end.
At times funny, and at times painfully real and moving, The Devil's In The Detail is thought provoking regardless of your religious beliefs or thoughts about life after death.
I commend this Melbourne based author on his successful debut novel, and give it 4 stars.
My rating = ****
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