Release Date: Apr 7, 2020
Series: A Daniel Pitt Novel
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Ballantine Book
When Robert Adwell is accused of setting the warehouse fire that kills a rival gang member, his girlfriend Jessie Beale begs young lawyer Daniel Pitt to represent him. Daniel’s good friend Miriam helps arrange an expert witness who helps Daniel’s case. However, just when things appear to be resolved, the unexpected happens. Daniel and senior barrister Toby Kitteridge find themselves in the middle of a related case, representing a client they can’t trust. The results of that case spur Daniel, Toby, and Miriam to take on a third related case and the professional and the personal stakes couldn’t be higher.
One Fatal Flaw is the third book in this series, which is a spin-off of the author’s popular Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series. Their son, Daniel, is the main character in this series as he gains experience as a new lawyer at a prestigious law firm in 1910 England. Daniel and his friend Miriam, a scientist and daughter of the law firm’s founder, put justice ahead of themselves. They are likable main characters and I enjoy seeing them work together as well as watching their friendship grow. However, when Miriam is on her own, the narrative can become bogged down in details about the state of women in science at that time. There were a lot of chapters with Miriam on her own and with her own friends at the beginning and those portions of the book moved slowly, but the first two cases out of necessity had a lot of repetition, but it didn’t make for exciting reading.
The slow start to the book made this book my least favorite in the Daniel Pitt series. However, when Daniel and Miriam start working on the third case, things pick up. It was suspenseful as the reader anticipates what the outcome in court would be. The novel is a good mix of forensics, legal strategy, and courtroom drama, especially in the later chapters. Even though it takes a while for the story to play out, I enjoyed the book overall and loved the ending. This isn’t my favorite of the Daniel Pitt books, but I still look forward to reading more books in the series.