Mr Stephen Author:Terence De Vere White The scene is Dublin--and the richly Dickensian world of the Law. Stephen Foster, around whom the novel turns, is now at the head of his profession, a man greatly esteemed. He has reached the top without taking any of those short cuts which might be regarded as sharp practice, and he carries the firm on his own shoulders.... No hint of scandal... more » has ever touched Stephen, and he is affronted when a faded ex-secretary of his comes with a pathetic threat regarding a will which, she claims, Stephen forgot to witness at the correct time...Mr. de Vere White explores the private and business lives of his characters with his expected subtlty and wit.« less
Mr. Stephen is a very respected Dublin lawyer at the top of his profession. Suddenly a snake in the grass appears in his life--a blackmailer who is capable of ruining his reputation by telling about a small but legally problematic slip-up Mr Stephen has made.
The author writes elegantly and insightfully about his characters, with a subdued sense of humor and compassion. All his novels are very much recommended. Few write nowadays with such intelligence and wit, not to mention literary grace. The book has a different title in English and American editions, which is why I ended up with 2 copies. (The other title is The Minister for Justice.)