Cut Throat Defence by Olly Jarvis.

04 Oct
Cut Throat Defence by Olly Jarvis.

Today, I am very excited to bring you the newest book out from one of my very favourite Authors Olly Jarvis. Olly wrote ‘Death By Dangerous’ last year and it was one of my top books of the year. You can read my review of ‘Death By Dangerous’ – HERE!

I was so excited and pleased when I got the email asking me to read and review his latest book ‘Cut Throat Defence’  And, I was able to ask Olly a few questions. 

‘Cut Throat Defence’ is out now, so read below and prepare for another fantastic read from the very talented Olly Jarvis.

You can also follow the rest of this blog tour with these lovely bloggers below. 





There is no man richer than a man without a price
Jack Kowalski is a young and newly qualified barrister, who finds himself working on the biggest drugs importation trial ever played out on English soil. With the assistance of his equally inexperienced instructing solicitor, Lara Panassai, Jack argues a savage ‘cut-throat’ defence – a risky tactic where the defendants blame each other – and quickly embroils some of the most eminent QCs in the land.

As the son of Polish immigrants, the sensitive Kowalski has always found it hard to fit in, with a sense of inferiority and constant nervousness in Court. Now he must face his demons and fight not only for his clients, but for his very future at the Bar.

But when the defendant then unexpectedly absconds, Jack and Lara must fight on regardless, following a tip that leads them out of the courtroom and into Manchester’s seedy underworld – crime bosses, strip clubs, corrupt lawyers and all manner of hidden sins.

As the case grows darker with each new discovery, who in this viper pit of deception can Jack and Lara trust?

Ingeniously plotted and embellished with real-life insider expertise, Cut-Throat Defence is a story of rivalry, ruthlessness and – above all – survival.


Published: October 3rd 2016 by Canelo.

I have just finished this book and am giving it a great big 5 wonderful stars. I love Olly’s writing, his knowledge and this book is my top book of 2016 so far. My official review will be up at the weekend. But until then, have a look at what Olly says below. 


I was very pleased to be able to ask Olly a few questions for this post, and here is what he said.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I grew up in London and after scraping a law degree, travelled the world for a few years, teaching English to pay my way. When I came back to the UK, I qualified as a barrister and managed to find a pupillage in Manchester where I have lived for more than twenty years, defending clients in the crown courts across the north of England. Right from the start I specialised in criminal defence. Its been an incredible eye opening journey!

I started my writing career by doing a few things for Radio 4, before finally taking the plunge and penning my first novel.

What inspires your writing and characters?

My greatest driving force has been a desire to show readers what it’s really like working in the criminal justice system. There’s been so much government spin in recent times, portraying barristers as champagne quaffing oafs on huge incomes. Truth is those who choose a career today in this under funded area of law, see it as a vocation. Starting a career with an enormous student debt and expecting little financial reward, new recruits face eighteen hour days, unbearable stress and exhaustion.

This daily challenge and fear of failure was something I wanted to get across in this book. The two courageous central characters in Cut Throat Defence, a newly qualified barrister and a solicitor, are clinging onto their careers by their fingernails.

Conversely, these pressures can bring  fantastic highs, as well as lows, and just occasionally, a huge sense of pride in seeing justice done.

Tell us about your writing process? 

I like to map out the story first, the plot is key, and very detailed. Once I have the structure, I plan out the chapters. When I’ve finished the first draft, I go back again and again, weaving the story together and tightening the strands.

 Finding time to write is a constant battle, confined mostly to weekends and early mornings. Much of Cut-Throat Defence and Death By Dangerous were created on trains. I often defend in the courts of Bradford and Leeds – the one hour journey over the Pennines and back is a great time to write. A reviewer very kindly once said that my style of writing with short chapters has a pace and rhythm like a train rattling along the track. Maybe that’s why!


Here are the links if you want to get in touch with Olly Jarvis and want to get the amazing book. 








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14 responses to “Cut Throat Defence by Olly Jarvis.

  1. Annie

    October 4, 2016 at 5:15 am

    Seems like a dark noir story 😀 Love it!

  2. irena_bookdustmagic

    October 4, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Really enjoyed reading this short interview, especially the answer about writing process. I always like to hear how writers bring their stories to life.

    • chocolatepages

      October 4, 2016 at 11:33 am

      Thank you. I think Olly really used his knowledge and experience to write this book. A knowledgeable Author is usually a good Author and this is definitely the case here.

  3. Anne

    October 4, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Your top book of the year? O_o Blimey, that means it’s a must-read!
    Also, bless you Amanda. I accidentally removed my theme while trying out a new one and I’m feeling quite homesick because of it. But it’s good to know I can still come over here and reminisce ;).

    • chocolatepages

      October 4, 2016 at 11:35 am

      Oh no, my twin has changed!! ;-(
      I will have a visit over to see your new one.
      Yes this is an amazing book. My review will be up at the weekend hopefully, so I will tell you more then.
      Thanks Anne.

      • Anne

        October 4, 2016 at 5:44 pm

        I know :(. Remember I recently said we’d stick with this one until…FOREVER! An X amount of weeks later: gone. I was stuck with a really crappy one afterwards and ended up spending money on one in the end. But I’m slowly starting to get used to it. I guess. *CRIES*. Awesome, I’ll be reading it for sure!

  4. Donna

    October 4, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    The UK judicial system is so complex and different that I can’t help being curious about it. I like those stories when they are written by people who actually know what they are talking about. I can always tell if the author is a lawyer, you feel it in the writing and the details that make all the difference. I can’t wait to read your review, but I won’t wait until then to add the book to my wishlist!

    • chocolatepages

      October 4, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      I love legal thrillers and like you say, you can definitely tell when its written by someone who knows their stuff. Olly Jarvis is very talented, I’m looking forward to his next book already.

  5. florence

    October 6, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Death by Dangerous is definitely one of my top ten books and I am really looking forward to reading Cut Throat Defence and to hear your review which no doubt will be a good one. Great to read the way Olly Jarvis thinks and his writing process – interviews with authors are always interesting.

    • chocolatepages

      October 8, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      My review will be raving about this book. I loved it. Looking forward to his next one already!

  6. milesmb3

    October 8, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    The first sentence of that description (“There is no man richer than a man without a price!”) is a winner!

    I’m sure you were very excited to get to interview Olly! I remember meeting one of my favorite authors once; I was trembling all over I was so excited. Later, I realized that meeting an author is probably the closest you can come to meeting a book character–and who hasn’t fantasized about meeting their favorite book characters?

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and the interview!

    • chocolatepages

      October 8, 2016 at 9:10 pm

      Thank you. I loved being able to ask Olly questions. It gives you a really good insight into the book and the characters through the questions you get to ask.


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