A Toronto lawyer defends a hit man as the Midnight Strangler stalks the city in a legal thriller based on the author's popular CBC drama Street Legal.
Toronto, 1980. Three ambitious young lawyers are out to make a name for themselves with their own practice. Chuck Tchobanian and Leon Robinovitch are testing the boundaries of free speech with a pair of controversial cases. Carrie Barr, fresh from her success defending a drifter charged as the notorious Midnight Strangler, takes the most dangerous case of all: a suave hit man who proves to be far more dangerous—and alluring—than she imagined.
Soon Carrie finds herself drawn into a web of terror as a rogue police operation, a ruthless drug lord, and a series of brutal murders threaten to tear the fledgling firm apart. Meanwhile, the Midnight Strangler is still at large . . . and may have chosen Carrie as his next victim.
Novelist and criminal lawyer William Deverell won the Dashiell Hammett Prize and two Arthur Ellis Awards for his gritty legal thrillers. Street Legal: The Betrayal is based on Deverell's long-running Canadian crime drama Street Legal, which was revived with a new cast in 2019.