Justice Hall (2002)

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The sun did not shine on Justice Hall so much as Justice Hall called forth the sun’s rays to fall at such and such an angle. We did not look upon it; rather, it invited our eyes to admire. It sat in its exquisitely shaped bowl and smiled gently on the careful arrangement of dappled deer on its slopes, the fall of shadows from its trees, the play of the breeze on the water at its base. In the summer it would glow; in the rain, its face would appear pensive; under a blanket of snow it would be a fairy-tale castle; in the moonlight, this would be the dwelling place of the gods.

Justice Hall was the most self-centred house I had ever seen.

My heart went out to the man at my side; If Justice Hall wanted Mahmoud, I did not believe Ali had a chance.

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Justice Hall opens on a deliciously dark and dreary night. Holmes and Russell have just returned to their snug seaside cottage after yet another hair-raising case, when a pounding at the door interrupts their fireside stupor. The frantic visitor is Ali [Hazr, from O Jerusalem]. Except that Ali turns out to have been masquerading all those years ago in the desert. (Washington Post)

From the opening knock on their door by a wounded visitor to the satisfying denouement, King has again crafted a sterling story. (Publishers Weekly)


Read more Justice Hall here.

Read Laurie’s thoughts on writing Justice Hall on her blog, Mutterings.

For a timeline and various links, go to Mary Russell’s World

We haven’t been able to locate the Justice Hall estate among the National Trust properties, but for similar places, look at Blenheim Palace.

For pictures of the Shot at Dawn Memorial project, look here or here.

To hear an audio clip of Justice Hallclick here.

For a bibliography and reader’s guides, click here.



Click above (a Capability Brown landscape at Blenheim Palace) to visit the gallery.