The Burden of Lies by Richard Beasley. Reviewed by Sue May

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Firstly, thank you to Simon & Schuster, and author Richard Beasley, for the complimentary copy of “The Burden of Lies”. This is my voluntary review, based on my own unbiased opinion. At first I wondered how I would go about reviewing this, as I am not accustomed to reading this genre of novels. I was pleasantly surprised. Richard Beasley has created a character in Peter Tanner, who is a hardworking and somewhat unorthodox lawyer. Peter will go to incredible lengths to get an innocent verdict for his client who he believes to be innocent. The client, Tina Leonard, may or may not be guilty of murdering her banker who is a Senior Executive of the South East Banking Corporation. The scenario is set in Sydney. Peter Tanner’s defence of his client is truly realistic. As is his protection of his family against the corrupt cops, drug dealers, construction business bosses and standover security men. It makes for a difficult case for Tanner. Which way will it go, guilty or innocent, justice or injustice? Lies are a burden, but the truth will come out. A legal thriller for lovers of this genre, an enjoyable read.