Paul Sinclair. Author of Fatal Consequences and Bay of Killers
Karma Lawyer is a very disturbing story that throws a spotlight on the whole human experience, asking searching questions of us all. For example, are we an amalgam of good and evil, oscillating between two extremes, held together by the glue of ‘so-called’ ethics and rules? Or have we moved so far away from the centre ground that we are faced with a stark choice: either to make a pact with the devil or to surrender to God?
Nigel Lesmoir-Gordon’s latest novel features the rich and successful criminal lawyer, Maitland Fairweather, who is shocked to discover that his wife, Sarah, is cheating on him. Despite his deep love for her, he cannot cope with her betrayal and decides to kill her. He gets hold of a gun, but when he realises he can’t go through with it, he hires a hit squad to kill her. Unconcerned by her subsequent murder, he maintains an innocent façade, convincing both the police and his wife’s parents of his sincere shock and grief yet continues to live his life as if nothing has happened. Maitland’s brilliance in court as a defence lawyer has prepared him well for an acting career. And who better than a criminal lawyer to use crime to his advantage?
Maitland’s ability to enjoy his life to the full so soon after his wife’s disappearance doesn’t escape the eyes of the Law, and the detective in charge of the case is suspicious. But Maitland doesn’t care; he’s too busy fighting cases and entertaining new clients like Mary, a scientist whose company manufactures deadly scalar-electromagnetic weapons – weapons so devastating they could destroy the world – and he eventually falls in love with her. He is her saviour, and she trusts him. But he never shows his bad side or his mania for control, preferring to share his Utopian vision and spiritual revelations with Mary with the help of hallucinogenics.
Despite his evil streak, Maitland does have a conscience. He cares for the people around him. He’s a philosopher and a believer too, aware of his own human frailties and inadequacies. But when one of the hit squad he hired to kill his wife blackmails him and demands money, he reverts to type and personally arranges her death. There is no remorse. It’s as if he’s engaged in a personal crusade to relieve the world of bad people – especially those that resort to betrayal or greed. He is providing a service to mankind; morality doesn’t come into it.
Knowing that one day he will eventually be caught and tried for murder, Matiland prepares for his anticipated incarceration by adopting the personality of Adolph Hitler. By morphing into the personality of a psychopath, Maitland hopes that the forces of law and order will take pity on him and send him to a mental hospital rather than prison. But it is soon clear that the foul language that that emerges from his lips is also his own. When evil is faced with evil only evil can result.
Nigel has written a tragedy but at heart it’s a comedy. Despite its dark bleakness the author manages to leave the reader feeling hopeful of finding love and an end to suffering.
I fully recommend reading Karma Lawyer. It will shock and amaze you in equal proportions. I only hope that I never meet people like Maitland in my life and that they remain figments of the author’s imagination.