Why you must read DB Martin’s Patchwork Man
Lawrence Juste is a patchwork man. The QC with a conscience – privileged, reputable and emotionally frozen. The perfect barrister. But Lawrence hasn’t always been who he is now. When he is glaringly in the public eye after his enigmatic wife is killed in an apparently random hit and run, he could do with his hidden past surfacing like a hole in the head.
Unfortunately the past has a way of finding its way back to you, just like betrayal.
His dead wife has helpfully left him a sinister resume of his, and she just keeps adding to it.
What genre is it?
It will appeal to anyone who likes their brain teased and to read a real page-turner.
Tell us about Juste.
But even more devastating facts turn up – things Juste couldn’t have conceived of, even knowing his own past. Like family he’d rather not know about, other crimes he’s being implicated in, missing money and a mystery surrounding his wife. He also has to reacquaint himself with his abandoned siblings – with surprising and poignant results.
With that, there’s an array of different characters to meet; his little sisters, Jill and Emm – who complete each other’s sentences and then surprise Juste with an unexpected development, Sarah, terminally ill and forcing Juste come to terms with what he’s lost by denying his family over the years, Win who is trouble, Mary who lives in her own world but provides Juste with a clue to unlock part of the mystery, and Kimmy – mother to Danny, Juste’s young client. And behind it all, Margaret, perplexing, manipulative – and dead.
Gradually, the patchwork man, whose hero has always been Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mocking Bird, unravels and has to re-sew himself. He reconstitutes quite differently by the time he has to defend Danny in court – albeit still leaving him with integral parts of the puzzle still missing. Finding them, amongst other intrigues, is for Patchwork People.
I also write Young Adult fiction and my first in a YA teen detective series is also out in the autumn under the pen name Lily Stuart. Lily is also the main character in the series so it’s also about life as a teenager, written with a teenagers characteristic acerbity and humour, as well as vulnerability. It’s intended to make you laugh, and think – as well as bite your nails as you try to work out who the killer really is…
We’ll check it out.
Why not stick to just one name and one genre?