A Dead Liberty


Because a blow to the head has almost totally incapacitated detective inspector Trevor Porrit, detective inspector C. D. Sloan is obliged to take over a case involving the poisoning of a civil engineer.

It looks to be fairly open and shut, until Sloan finds himself intrigued by the defendantshe won't say a word.

Working under the dual purposes of finishing what Porrit started and doing the job the defendant's solicitor would have done (had she consented to one), Sloan involves himself in a case that is not only outside of his general jurisdiction, but also nearly a year old.