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From Crime to Crime by Richard Henriques

From Crime to Crime: Harold Shipman to Operation Midland - 17 cases that shocked the world

Richard Henriques

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Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date: 4 Jun 2020
ISBN: 9781529333480

Renowned High Court judge, Sir Richard Henriques, recreates his most famous cases with a lot of behind the scenes stories) and includes his trenchant views on the state of the British judicial system; how it works - or doesn't - and the current threats to the rule of law that affect us all.

3 stars out of 5
5 Jun 2020

"As a professional, Henriques is the servant of the law. As an author, he is its prisoner"

Claustrophobics avoid enclosed spaces. People suffering from rabies are unable to cope with water. Richard Henriques seems to have a terror of subjective, imaginative observation. He can relate at length the legal arguments of a mass-murder trial, yet give us barely a word about the courtroom conduct of the culprit. Once or twice he suggests that Shipman was arrogant, but there are no vivid strokes of the pen to recreate the murderer.

 

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3 stars out of 5
Dominic Sandbrook
31 May 2020

"A judge who presided over some of Britain’s most notorious modern criminal cases revisits them in meticulous detail"

If Henriques were a fictional character, he would be a celebrity, the kind of dashing, hawkish QC who turns up in Agatha Christie detective novels and is recognised by everybody. But right from the start of From Crime to Crime it is obvious that he has little interest in publicity. “This is not a memoir,” reads his first sentence, and he is as good as his word.