The Pinocchio Brief

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - FRONT PAGE -

Abi Sil­ver

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.

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