I’d like to introduce you to Norma Dinnick, an elderly client of Harry Jenkins, protagonist of The Osgoode Trilogy. Is she a sweet, vulnerable old lady in need of his protection or a criminal fraud? A Trial of One is the winner of the Literary Novel Award at Reader Views and one of six finalists in Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award to be announced at Book Expo America.
I’m going to post a number of chapters from A Trial of One, just to give you a taste of what it’s like. If you enjoy it, and I think you will, you can purchase it at just about any online bookstore.
Officially, Harry Jenkins’ elderly client, Norma Dinnick, had committed no crime. While she embroidered tales of murderous revenge in a singsong voice, her doctors rubbed their jaws to hide their smirks. Such a sweetly smiling woman could not have committed the cruel and devious acts she so vividly described. Their diagnosis was psychotic dementia with a touch of Alzheimer’s thrown in. Court documents, stamped with a gold seal, declared her mentally incompetent. After all, psychiatrists were not so easily fooled.Once appointed as her legal guardian, Harry found her accommodations in the most luxurious mental hospital possible. Their deal was unspoken—a nice, permanent home with refined residents, not a jail. For him, Norma remained a fascinating conundrum, and after all, lawyers only wanted to know so much. (more…)