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.
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.