Steve Hamilton has worked as a prosecutor and a criminologist in the past. His most recent novel, A Scandal of the Particular, depicts the odd scenarios behind the iconic scenes of the legal profession and the judiciary and puts readers inside the arresting powers of the justice system. Behind every crime is a cast of characters who are just waiting to be discovered and brought to justice. Hamilton today resides in the city of Guelph, in the province of Ontario. — In this section, we refer to the hardcover edition.
Steve Hamilton’s Thrilling First Novel
At his lowest point in life, attorney Hyman Kazan is trying to find peace in alcohol. With a failing legal career and a failed love, Kazan is desperate to find solace in a glass of wine. However, when the death of a young man is discovered in downtown Vancouver, it is quickly found that the victim and Kazan’s girlfriend’s new lover, Judge Smith, have a connection to one another. Alarming facts are revealed as Kazan begins to investigate Smith’s involvement in the murder and threaten to destroy it. It is challenging to keep accurate track of the plot as it moves between the sharp point of view changes and flashbacks in the past. The story becomes increasingly horrific as Kazan delves deeper into Smith’s involvement in the case. Characters like Kazan, who is shown as a tortured soul held tight by wrath and trauma, will be remembered fondly by readers. Hamilton’s characters are entirely fleshed-out, relatable people who will stay with readers for a long time. Pain and vulnerability are entangled behind his abrasive exterior. Against the backdrop of Vancouver’s overcast sky and unpredictable weather, as well as the disintegration of his relationship with Briar, we see Kazan’s inner struggle play out on the screen. The author masterfully handled the emotions evoked by Hamilton’s exploration of love, companionship, relationship upheaval, suffering, regret, justice, mortality, and morality. It’s fascinating, if disconnected, analysis of love and relationships, in particular, how we drown in misery to avoid the anguish of a broken heart. As a result of the passion and high-intensity emotion that permeates a couple’s tumultuous relationship, this intensely intimate, emotionally charged story is an instant classic.
Inside These Pages
A particular scandal involves Hyman Kazan, who has been a member of the legal system for quite an extended period. The present and the past torture his character. Still, more importantly, he is a character who is fed up and tired of justice. Judicial systems that let victims down while allowing criminals to get away with murder and a helpless rape victim who was viciously attacked by a person carrying a knife are depicted in one of the book’s initial chapters as grappling with the pain of not bringing justice to the victim. In this case, the guy was released and allowed to go free despite overwhelming evidence against him because the evidence was insufficient for the judge. More particularly, the victim could not define how she had been penetrated since she was scared and afflicted by anxiety.
There have been numerous real-life instances in which perpetrators of crimes have been allowed to walk free due to flaws in the legal system. Traditionally, justice is blind, but I would go even further and say that justice is not only blind but also deaf, mute, and lacking in physical presence. If only true justice could be attained one day, but for the time being, the only thing that counts is hope, not actual logical reasoning.