Robert Blake Review of A Trial of One for Reader Views

Now that you’ve had a chance to read a number of chapters of A Trial of One, the third in The Osgoode Trilogy, please have a look at one review of the novel which won the Readers Views Award for Literary Fiction.

A Trial of One: The Third in the Osgoode Trilogy
Mary E. Martin
iUniverse (2007)
ISBN 9780595445714

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake for Reader Views (2/08)
In “A Trial of One,” third in the “Osgoode Trilogy,” attorney Harry Jenkins is confronted with
greed, fraud, and murder as he seeks to locate the missing shares of Elixicorp Enterprise stock for his
client. The fast-moving plot takes Harry from Toronto, Canada to Venice, Italy, and finally to
London, England to retrieve the stock valued at $50,000,000. Ruthless and cunning Dr. Robert
Hawke is also eager to get his hands on the money for his private experiments. As an afterthought,
he is determined to turn Harry into one of his human guinea pigs.
Martin introduces characters in the novel that assume there is purpose for their lives yet feel an
incompleteness, a longing for something more. Mary’s characters have flaws, strengths and
weaknesses. She uses the emotions of her characters to provoke the reader to consider unconditional
love and acceptance and what this means.
After a severe beating while in Venice, a young hotel clerk saves Harry’s life. Later in an attempt to
protect Harry, young Angelo refused to give Harry’s location and is slashed and beaten by Hawke’s
crazed thugs. Harry, in turn, saves Angelo when he finds him near death, bound and gagged.
A thread of sexual tension and romance is interwoven into the drama and suspense of the
multifaceted plot and subplots throughout the story. Martin demonstrates an amazing insight and
understanding into the misdirected obsessions which bring a person to the brink madness, the
frustrations of dementia and aging, and the loneliness found in care facilities for the elderly.
I became totally immersed in the story. “A Trial of One” is profound and thought-provoking with a
strong message, a masterfully crafted story line, with real life characters that experience challenges
that resonate with the reader. This is a book filled with suspense, romance, and adventure,
something for everyone.

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