The Pinocchio Brief
Lightning Books, pbks, 380 pages, €12.59
Raymond Maynard is 15 and, truth be told, not a popular boy. He’s borderline autistic with a genius IQ rating, has a rabid dislike of all sports and possesses few social graces. So when he is found in a murdered teacher’s room covered in blood, the police are sure they have an openand-shut case.
But his solicitor, Constance Lamb, believes otherwise, and calls in formidable barrister Judith Burton to lead his defence. When it is announced that a new lie-detecting device, nicknamed Pinocchio, will be used, Judith is conflicted. She worked with Pinocchio’s creator during its early development and doesn’t trust its veracity.
A quirky and charming debut novel that combines modern technology with a good old-fashioned courtroom drama.