A Private and Convenient Place

By Michael GT Stokes

Crime & mystery, Thriller | Paperback, eBook


In this sequel to the successful "Blackmail" Julia Hamilton, the scheming girlfriend of recently convicted robber Michael Doyle is to stand trial for her role in the kidnapping of Judge Campion's wife and child and the unsuccessful attempt to blackmail the judge into dismissing the case against Doyle. The prosecution depends on the evidence of the accomplice and police informer Derick Duffy. Until, that is, the gang's leader and ex-IRA commandant Joseph Hanlon, himself serving a lengthy sentence in a maximum security prison, surprisingly agrees to give evidence against Julia. But what's in it for Hanlon? If he is telling the truth, Julia will likely be convicted. And what of Doyle? Does he have a part to play or has Julia abandoned him for someone else, someone more useful? Skilled barristers on each side press witnesses in their attempts to find the truth, but all is not as it seems in this tantalising sequel to "Blackmail". Readers are taken inside the jury room where Julia's fate will be decided and all is revealed as the storyline twists to an astonishing and shattering conclusion.


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In this sequel to the successful "Blackmail" Julia Hamilton, the scheming girlfriend of recently convicted robber Michael Doyle is to stand trial for her role in the kidnapping of Judge Campion's wife and child and the unsuccessful attempt to blackmail the judge into dismissing the case against Doyle. The prosecution depends on the evidence of the accomplice and police informer Derick Duffy. Until, that is, the gang's leader and ex-IRA commandant Joseph Hanlon, himself serving a lengthy sentence in a maximum security prison, surprisingly agrees to give evidence against Julia. But what's in it for Hanlon? If he is telling the truth, Julia will likely be convicted. And what of Doyle? Does he have a part to play or has Julia abandoned him for someone else, someone more useful? Skilled barris...


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Michael Stokes is a retired judge who practised at the criminal Bar for 27 years, becoming a QC in 1994. He was educated at the University of Leeds and was called to the Bar at Gray's Inn in 1971. He lectured for two years at Nottingham University before going to the Bar. He was appointed a judge in 2001, and became the Recorder of Nottingham in 2007, retiring from the bench in 2016. He published his first novel, "Blackmail", in the same year and is presently working on his next Inspector Hood novel which carries the story forwards, so readers will be able to enjoy further adventures with the chief inspector.


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Michael Stokes is a retired judge who practised at the criminal Bar for 27 years, becoming a QC in 1994. He was educated at the University of Leeds and was called to the Bar at Gray's Inn in 1971. He lectured for two years at Nottingham University before going to the Bar. He was appointed a judge in 2001, and became the Recorder of Nottingham in 2007, retiring from the bench in 2016. He published ...


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