Published: Lightning Books (June 2018)

ISBN: 9781785630750

The Aladdin Trial

Abi Silver


A new Burton and Lamb legal thriller

When an elderly artist plunges one hundred feet to her death at a London hospital, the police sense foul play.

The hospital cleaner, a Syrian refugee, is arrested for her murder after stolen jewellery is found at his home. He protests his innocence, but why has he given the woman the story of Aladdin to read and why does he shake uncontrollably in times of stress?

Judith Burton and Constance Lamb reunite to defend a man the media has already convicted. In a spellbinding courtroom confrontation in which they once more grapple with all-too-possible developments in artificial intelligence, they uncover not only the cleaner’s secrets, but also those of the artist’s family, her lawyer and the hospital.

A new Burton and Lamb legal thriller with an AI twist from the author of the acclaimed The Pinocchio Brief.





“Rumpole of the Bailey, Kavanagh QC, Perry Mason – now joining their ranks is Judith Burton”

Jewish Chronicle

“Abi Silver knows how to keep us guessing and plot a twisty book”

Victoria Goldman, Off-the-Shelf Books




Abi Silver

Yorkshire-bred, Abi Silver is a lawyer by profession. She lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and three sons. The Pinocchio Brief is her first novel.

Read more about Abi and her work at

leave a comment