Book review: Pacey and enjoyable courtroom yarn makes for perfect holiday material

Columnist and television (and real-life) lawyer Rob Rinder’s debut novel The Trial follows a student barrister who’s not so sure the ‘guilty man’ is guilty

Rob Rinder: knows a thing or two about the legal profession and mass media.

Everybody loves a courtroom drama, although it’s the last place any of us actually want to be in the real world. Books of this stripe are almost guaranteed to sell, whether they’re from the pen of John Grisham or (even better) Michael Connelly or concern the slightly more down-to-earth adventures of the cigar-smoking, wine-drinking, fried breakfast enthusiast Rumpole of the Bailey. That beloved character started out on television before his popularity led to a series ...