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The Caverel Claim

Rawlinson, Peter

ISBN 10: 0094785805 / ISBN 13: 9780094785809
Published by Constable and Company, 1998
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Original black hardcover/silver spine lettering all fine; internally clean, tight. Inscribed on title page and signed by the author. d.j. is unclipped, mylar-covered. 222 pages. The author's 5th book of fiction. Formerly an MP and Attorney General. For many years a barrister at the top of his profession. Bookseller Inventory # 0000004055

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Title: The Caverel Claim

Publisher: Constable and Company

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:fine/fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine, Unclipped

Signed: Inscribed By the Author

Edition: First Edition

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When a mysterious heir to the Caverel family inheritance emerges from the shadows, a tale of mystery and intrigue begins--Andrea Caverel, widow of Robin 16th Baron Caverel, is recovering from the sudden death of her husband. Their three-year-old son, still too young to understand what is happening, has inherited his father's title and a huge, sprawling estate. But a single call from a lawyer threatens Andrea's existence and challenges life as she and her son know it. According to the attorney, neither her husband nor her son has any right at all to the title or the Caverel estate. The rightful heir is a young woman never before heard of, born in South Carolina--the daughter of an elder brother.

So the stage is set for a sensational legal battle. Will the court decide in favor of the unusual young woman raised in South Carolina, or will she be found to be a fraud and thus unworthy of the life she claims is rightfully hers?

A mystery as dramatic and thrilling as the best of today's legal thrillers. The Caverel Claim will leave you breathless.


When Peter Rawlinson describes the "great mock-Gothic building of the Law Courts in the Strand" and the public gallery of the court of the Chancery Division, his words have a definite edge of authority: he is, in point of fact, a former Lord Chancellor of England. He dedicates his new book to the Tichborne Claimant, star of a famous 19th-century court case, and indeed this story does have a pleasantly old-fashioned appeal.

Is Sarah Wilson, the black and beautiful young exotic dancer, really the daughter of the homosexual Julian Caverel who died of AIDS in 1978, and is she thus the legitimate heir to the Caverel fortune? Or is she a shameless opportunist, manipulated first by a Polish nightclub owner and then by an ace London spin-doctor? Rawlinson plays fair, giving evidence for the two sides: both of his battling lawyers seem to have a chance to win their case. And there are satisfyingly shadowy figures working for each team--a tall man who doesn't stop at murder for one side and a stout man who whizzes around the world collecting affidavits for the other. There's also a splendidly tricky ending, which might remind you a bit of Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution. Rawlinson's other expert legal thrillers include Hatred and Contempt, His Brother's Keeper and A Price Too High. --Dick Adler

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