Patchwork Man

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

  • Title: Patchwork Man
  • Author: D.B. Martin
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  • Page: 339
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  • 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 paLawrence 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.Patchwork Man is a psychological thriller as fast paced as any of Dan Brown s, whilst evocatively recreating the chaotic and poignant childhood that has led Juste, the patchwork man himself, to chaos Gripping all the way through

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    1. Carrie Lahain

      A successful barrister's carefully constructed life comes crashing down when the case he's working on unearths his secret past.Lawrence Juste--"Kenny" to his birth family--isn't particularly likable. He's cool, secretive, arrogant and wound as tightly as a watch spring. This top legal eagle has taken great pains to hide his hard scrabble origins and achieve his current position, which has him poised to become a high court judge. Then his wife is run down and killed. Her death sets into motion a [...]

    2. Indiebrag

      We are proud to announce that PATCHWORK MAN by D.B. Martin is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!

    3. Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)

      Patchwork Man is the first novel in a trilogy focusing on the life of barrister Lawrence Juste, a former children's home resident who seized chances when they came, managing to rise above his early life and create an exceptional legal career. That career is now threatened by the uncovering of his past misdemeanours. This is a compelling story with an intricately convoluted plot that requires concentration on the part of the reader. I did often find myself baffled as the plot rushed past without [...]

    4. Marc Stern

      For Lawrence Juste the ghosts of his past keep resurfacing with monotonous regularity and they threaten to derail his dream of obtaining a seat on the UK's High Court. Juste's contentedly structured world of a wife, home and the law firm that has catapulted him to the brink of his longed for desire is about to come crashing down around his ears. His wife of four years, Margaret, has just been killed by a supposed hit-and-run driver, leaving Lawrence without the anchor who so carefully protected [...]

    5. Ian Miller

      Kenneth Lawrence Juss has a poor start to life, being in a large family with parents that are at the bottom of the parenting scale. As a boy he is removed from his parents by Child Support and sent to a "home" with a number of other boys. There he is bullied, abused, and forced to assist with certain crimes. Nevertheless, he escapes by using what is effectively blackmail, but described as a gratuity, and with the proceeds he becomes a lawyer and changes his name to Lawrence Juste. The book runs [...]

    6. John Manhold

      Patchwork Man, ISBN: 9780992996109, I M Books, e-book by D. B. Martin is an engrossing psychological/legal thriller with a most unusual protagonist.Kenny Juss is one of eleven children being raised in post-war England in abject poverty by an again pregnant mother and a strict, abusive when drunk father. The authorities believe that it is time to remove the older children to orphanages. There he is poorly treated, bullied and suffers all manner of indignities. His older brother Winn, also quarter [...]

    7. C.S. Woolley

      Patchwork Man is a great book that has a very intriguing writing style. The book follows one character in two parallel strands, one as a boy with a tough start to life being taken into care and sent to a home away from his parents then abused and forced into crime through bullying; the other as a successful man who has managed to become a solicitor and changed his name.The contrast that is made between the two different streams of Lawrence’s life is brilliantly done and helps the plot immensel [...]

    8. Michele

      This is one of those books that starts out slow and builds up momentum until you can no longer stop reading it. The twists and turns are unbelievable--thankfully there are at least 2 more books in this series because the ending--well lets just say if I don't find them rather quickly I will be unhappy!!This book is filled with secrets, both past and present. I will leave it up to you to decide which should have been revealed, to discover which were and to wonder if maybe some of them should be hi [...]

    9. Jan Heart

      My best read of the year!Debrah Martin is fast becoming one of my favourite authors and this was actually the first book written by her that I read and I enjoyed it hugely. The title accurately describes the main character Lawrence Juste - he begins the story as a tightly stitched man - everything under control , on the cusp of reaching the top of his profession, his past neatly tucked away, when, the day after the death of his wife he opens an envelope with a list of names and places, which bri [...]

    10. Barbara

      This story is about Kenny Lawrence Juss. Barely holding his life together after his wife is killed in a hit and run accident. He is a man with much to hide and a lot to loose if his former life is exposed.The story transitions to his childhood and at age 9 we are taken on a wild ride as he is torn from the only home he has known and taken to the Children's home for orphans and disadvantaged children. He is left unprotected from bullies and used as a pawn for power by his elder brother. Through h [...]

    11. Robin Surface

      What a twisty-twisty mystery!The story starts out with the main character, Lawrence Juste, as a reputable QC whose life looks like it’s on the fast track to even greater success except that his wife has been killed by a hit and run driver.That incident starts fraying the knot holding Lawrence’s carefully constructed persona and lifestyle, and things get more and more complicated as he investigates a list left for him by his deceased wife.One clue leads to another mystery and uncovers more an [...]

    12. Gayle Pace

      REVIEWThis was a well written mystery.Since there were a lot of foreign phrases, they were spelled correctly. I even looked some of them up. Author was right on target.I didn't realize this was book one of a series of three. The only place I could find about it being a series was on the Page.The story was suspenseful with so many relationships that were all over the place.I would definitely read the other two books first, it might make more sense that way.The author wrote a captivating mystery [...]

    13. L.A.

      Patchwork Man by D.B. Martin is a 253 page psychological thriller. It has twenty-six chapters, a prologue, a short bio and is written in first person. It is the first in the trilogy. Patchwork People is the second and Patchwork Pieces will be the final book in the series. This busy UK author has three different series published under three different pen names. If you like literary fiction or YA detective stories I would suggest looking up her other books as well.Lawrence Juste is a complex chara [...]

    14. Michael M

      D B Martin is truly multi-tasker as she writes three different genres. She used to be a businesswoman for many years before she start to write. Patchwork Man is D B Martin's new compelling thriller that has just been released and is available on kindle. I am glad to have a free copy of this book when it came out. Patchwork Man is such an engaging book i couldn't stop reading.D B Martin in this book tells the story of a fallen hero - Lawrence Juste QC who is a reputable man but he suddenly lost h [...]

    15. Angela Shirley

      This is my first time reading anything written by this author and decided to jump in and check out what all the RAVE reviews were talking about. Mystery has always been my reading material and was pleasantly surprised to find this book peeked my interest and kept me guessing. This author has managed to not only keep her readers guessing, she has also taken the time to develop her characters and her story line. I have never seen another mystery writer do what she has managed to do in this book an [...]

    16. Charissa Wilkinson

      I received this book for a fair review.Overview: Lawrence Juste, widowed and QC (I think it’s the same thing as our defense attorney), is now defending a child whose crime takes him back to a past that he’d just as soon as forget. Margaret, his late wife, seems to have had other ideas.Likes: This was a well written story. Lawrence was conflicted and it showed. Sarah and Mary were the best members of the family he had around.Dislikes: At certain points, this story was quite dark and gritty. T [...]

    17. Phillip

      What seems to be a normal hit-and-run accident turns out to be otherwise? This starts off as a typical plot twist, however the author does a really good job with the rest of the story. It turns out that his dead wife did some investigating on him. Why? That is the mystery.Very well written book. The story was well paced. The little bits and pieces of clues laid out here and there kept me glued to the book. Definitely look forward to Martin’s future works.

    18. Lynn

      Quite an unusual premise for a 'psychological thriller'; a lawyer with a hidden past that catches up with him, etc. I found this novel too pedestrian and repetitive for my taste, especially in the closing chapters. It did pick up pace in the middle, and the prose is carefully written, with a sensitive use of metaphor.All in all, though, I won't be reading the next novel in the series.

    19. Amy

      Do not read this if you have any knowledge of the legal system. There are some interesting bits, but by the time the defence barrister is making a closing speech after the close of the prosecution case during a murder trial being heard in a magistrates court, it's just gone too far to ignore the fact that the legal side of it is just utter bollocks.

    20. Alice Marten

      Excellent book combining a detective story with the main character's personal story. It also successfully takes us into the worlds of the justice system and children in care. I can't wait to read the sequel when it comes out.

    21. Norma

      ( Format : Audiobook )"".owly adding to the pattern, piece by piece.""On the brink of achieving his life's ambition - the appointment as High Court Judge - and only two weeks after his very supportive wife, Margaret, is killed in a hit and run accident, successful barrister Lawrence Juste finds his carefully constructed life unraveling around him as the distant past thrusts itself unwanted into his present.This very well written and crafted novel moves between current happenings and memories of [...]

    22. 3 no 7

      Patchwork man by D.B Martin read by Rob GrovesI really enjoyed this book. I listened to the audio version read by Rob Groves. My review will be mostly about the audio, so if you want a plot summary, look at one of the content reviews.“Patchwork Man” was like looking for some lost relic stored in a dark attic – shafts of light filtering down through the roof let me see the vague outlines of some “objects,” but every few minutes the story dropped an upsetting spider web onto my face. As [...]

    23. Mimi Davis Hopkins

      Family DynamicsThe secrets held within our family, how many can withstand public scrutiny? This is a nice and interesting story of hiding your past, to build a future. The main characters are very colorful, and the paths they choose are telling as the reasons they choose to hide them. Great Read with a great flow.

    24. Tom Bierdz

      I look for good writing and insights into the protagonist's mind. Somehow, this story had too much of both. The very bright author writes with a literary style. The beginning description of the children's home seemed more suited for the time of Charles Dickens than in 1959. Still, the story and quality of the writing deserves 4 stars.

    25. DL

      There were so many twists and turns to this story which made it interesting and took the plot beyond what I had expected. I didn't care for the main character's constant inner dialogue but that is a small complaint. The MC was hard to like but I'm hopeful that he makes the right choices in the next book.

    26. Pat Raab

      Wow! Beyond convoluted! And so many twists and turns still to be unraveled. I believe there is some patchwork in every one of us

    27. Tony Parsons

      1959, Kenneth “Kenny: Lawrence Winston Juss (9, son, narrator) ran to get Mrs. Lapwood (midwife).Mrs. Juss (wife/ma) was having another baby. This would be #11.The others were Mr. Juss (husband/Pop), Winston “Win” Kenneth Lawrence Juss (oldest brother), Sarah (12, sister), Georgie (brother) Binnie (10, sister), Jill (twin sister) Emm (twin sister), Mooney Mary (sister), Pip (brother), Jim (brother), & Ted (brother). The Authorities as Pop called them hauled Kenny (brother), George, &am [...]

    28. Jeni

      Writing a review for this book is a little difficult because it leaves many questions unanswered. The book opens with a back-and-forth between past and present day. In the past we have Kenny Juss' family being split apart as his mother goes into labor with her 11th child and he is sent to a children's home where we hear stories of bullying, rape/molestation and abuse; these children have it very hard. Then we switch back to current day where he has changed his name to Lawrence Juste and is a bar [...]

    29. Bob Schueler

      Patchwork Man, by D.B. Martin, is the first in a series of three novels that appear to be one long story. I wish I had known that when I began, so I hadn’t expected all the mysteries presented by the plot to be resolved by the end of this volume. It is similar in this way to the Stieg Larsson novels that begin with The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo or the Tana French books that begin with In the Woods. The protagonist is waiting to hear whether he will be awarded a judgeship in Britain when his c [...]

    30. Jackie Law

      Patchwork Man, by D.B. Martin, is an intriguingly twisted story of complicated families. The first in a planned trilogy, it introduces us to QC Lawrence Juste, an eminent barrister with a sordid but secret history. Following the death of his wife he finds his past catching up with him, threatening to unravel the life he has worked so hard to create. As he confronts the family that he believes abandoned him, he discovers that he has been manipulated for many years by shadowy figures linked to his [...]

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