Published: 15/07/2018
ISBN: 9781789013740
Format: Paperback



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Michael Stokes was born in Preston in 1948 and educated at Preston Catholic College and Leeds University. He was called to the Bar in 1971 and after spending 2 years lecturing at Nottingham University... read more

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A Private and Convenient Place
by Michael G T Stokes

Blackmail by Michael Stokes is an unputdownable romp... the outstanding trial of the femme fatale is enough of a cliffhanger to leave the reader gagging for the next novel.” – Felicity Gerry QC, The Times

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 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 Joseph? 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 not all is as it seems in this tantalizing 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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The sequel to 'Blackmail" is well underway and will hopefully be published this year (2017). Look out for it - "A Private and Convenient Place". It tells the story of the trial of Julia Hamilton whom readers of "Blackmail" will remember pleaded not guilty to the kidnapping of Judge Campion's wife and child and the attempt to blackmail him into ordering the release of Michael Doyle and Charlie Benson.

Some reviews of "Blackmail"

'A stunningly good debut novel'

'An unputdownable romp through the intricacies of an armed robbery investigation - a joy to read" -Felicity Gerry QC

'A real find. Can't wait for the sequel.' - Bruce Houlder, QC

'A wonderfully engrossing first novel' -Christopher Goodchild

'Superb. Brilliant plot, careful detail and absorbing characters' - Kindle Customer.

'Sophisticated and beautifully written police/legal thriller.' -Celtic girls

'One of the best books I've read for quite a while.' David avid reader

'Thoroughly enjoyed. Bring on the sequel!' - Andy Best

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