The Trial

| February 16, 2015


An urban legal/crime novel set in the beautiful Scottish city of Edinburgh.

Part I of The Parliament House book series – 2nd Edition

When Glaswegian Brogan McLane completes many years of university education and legal training he crosses that great divide from Glasgow to Edinburgh. ‘Called’ to the Bar of the Scottish Supreme Court, he becomes a member of the most prestigious club in Scotland; The Faculty of Advocates in Parliament House.

When High Court Judge, Lord Aldounhill, is found dead after a transvestite party in his sumptuous home, those who know the killer close ranks and need a scapegoat – who better than ‘outsider’ Brogan McLane?

Out on bail with his career on hold, McLane and his band of blood brothers in the Calton Bar in Glasgow need to get ahead of their enemies or McLane will go down for life after Trial. But every time they discover a piece of evidence, it seems there is a mirror image to contradict it.

Through the murky world of Russian controlled transvestite hotels and with some unexpected police and judicial help, McLane battles against ‘Low Life in High Places in the Old Town’ until the killer is found.

But well protected and knowing all the tricks, will the killer ever stand trial in Parliament House

Better than Scott Turow or John Grisham.

5* Amazon Customer Review May 3 2017

Trial lawyers are trained at telling their clients’ stories to judges and juries, but that skill doesn’t necessarily translate into being a good author. American lawyers who enjoy success include Scott Turow, John Grisham while Great Britain gave us John Mortimer and Sarah Caudwell, Happily. Mr. Mayer, is still with us and deserves to enjoy their success as well. His use of arcane Scots law reminded me a bit of Henry Cecil’ works, without drama instead of humor .

This book succeeded at quickly drawing me in to the unfamiliar world of Scottish courts, lawyers and trials, that is probably unfamiliar even to most Scots. After reading the three short prequels, I read The Trial in two sittings (night and the next day) and then went on to the next book (The Order).

With the protagonist’s roots firmly planted in the mean streets of Glasgow, it also reminded me of Malcolm Mackay’s Glasgow Trilogy, but with far more hope and morality. Pitted against a privileged but decadent social class of lawyers and judges are a triad comprising two Glaswegian blood brothers and a police inspector who must walk the fine line between doing his job while helping the right thing. The inclusion of some other worthy (albeit a bit unpolished) souls has me asking for “moah”!

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  1. At least it’s more instructive than one of the reality TV stars, kim who?

    Joey what?