Troubador A Lingering Crime

Released: 28/07/2018

ISBN: 9781789014150

eISBN: 9781789010961

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A Lingering Crime follows Jack Watson as he is arrested for a crime he did not commit and extradited to Florida, a State he has never visited, to stand trial for murder. Upon discovering that the murdered teacher is the man who subjected him to sexual abuse many years ago, Jack sees how he has come to be implicated in the crime. When his lawyer is imprisoned for defrauding his clients’ money, Jack’s case is taken over by a public prosecutor and he is forced to plead guilty to avoid Florida’s strict death penalty. 


Jack is sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. In prison a retired detective meets him as a prison visitor who restarts his defence. As the mystery unravels, it becomes clear that Jack is not responsible for the crime. But will the culprits be caught?  

A Lingering Crime is a poignant crime novel, which brings the impact of historical sexual abuse into the spotlight. The book explores the long-lasting effects of abuse on an individual, and will appeal to readers interested in crime fiction, the legal system and this important topic.

Great interest is shown on Rousay and Orkney as The Crazy Psychologist is set there. I'll be on Orkney in May for book sales.

Johnston Press about to interview me over The Trials of Sally Dunning.

A Lingering Crime being taken up by Police Scotland and several Sheriffs and solicitors. It will be sold, as well as the Trials of Sally Dunning at the November conference of the Scottish Association for the Study of Offending. The first is about historical abuse and Sally is based on the true story of a neighbour who is autistic and suffered at the hands of two drug dealers.

****BREAKING NEWS**** Lady Anne Smith, chair of the Historic Abuse Inquiry in Scotland likes A Lingering Crime and I will be speaking about this book at the Scottish Association for the Study of Offending Annual Conference in November 2018.

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A LINGERING CRIME by MILLER CALDWELL

Jack Watson, a 65-year-old widower is arrested as he is on his knees in his garden. The police put handcuffs on him as they mumble he's being charged with murder of some man in Florida. Jack looks incredulous as he tries to tell them he has never been to Florida and he's never hear of this man.

It's only when he's extradited to Florida and actually learns who he was supposed to murder, he realizes that he does have a connection with the murder victim.

He is assigned a public defender who seems like he might be able to help . but he disappears before the trial date. The next public defender talks him into entering a guilty plea to avoid a death sentence and is automatically given a sentence of 20 years.

While in prison he meets a prison visitor who also happens to be a retired detective. Once again telling his story, the detective starts to look into Jack's case. It's obvious to him that Jack is not guilty of this crime ... but who is? And how is he ever going to prove it?

I found this an interesting read, just not particularly suspenseful or mysterious. Jack Watson is a retiree with a few medical problems, mostly with his short term memory, that is worked into the story nicely. He seemed to handle his imprisonment well without a lot of drama.

Many thanks to the author / Troubador Publishing / Netgalley for the advanced digital copy. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

3.5 Stars

by Linda Strong


This is not a big book, and can be read quickly. I liked the fact that it brings focus to an important issue of abuse and it's long term implications.

Jack Watson is in the UK, working in his garden, when he is picked up by the police. He is extradited to the US to face trial for the murder of Gary McFaul. Gary's name rings a bell, he had sexually abused Jack when he was a teen, and in the same school. Since then Jack's life changed entirely - he was always watchful, took different routes, and did all he could to stay away from Gary. The possibility that Gary could still be an abuser gets Jack to think about doing something about it.

Gary's wife reports to the police that Jack has been hounding him, and so it seems to the police that Jack has the motive. He was also in the US at that time. Jack, however, denies the allegation and claims to have never entered Florida where the crime took place. And yet, the police claim to have circumstantial evidence of his involvement.

The story moves fast and is very readable. The suspense element of it is fairly basic & simplistic though.

The story of how Jack deals with the abuse is very enlightening on how abuse can have long term implications. There is an interview with the author at the end where he explains what he wrote the book for and how in modern times authorities have to gear up to spot and prevent abuse before it happens. Social media has made the situation far worse.

I recommend this book for its treatment of an important topic in a sensitive and mature manner.

by Bharath Ramakrishnan (via NetGalley)


Jeanette
5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent....
7 May 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
A very engrossing read! It's not often that I will sit and read a book within a day, but this was certainly a page-turner. I was hooked from the moment that Jack was in his garden when a police car pulled up and then found himself on his way to Florida to face a murder charge. I am not going to spoil the story by telling what happens, as I prefer one to read for themselves.

I know that the system is not always perfect and so pleased that I'm in the UK where there is no capital punishment. My eldest granddaughter is going into the Police Force, not only because it's her chosen career, but having had personal experience of someone going free due to bad evidence, she has vowed to do a better job.

I highly recommend this book and may be of particular interest to those who work in the Police Force, Legal System or Social Workers. It is the first time that I have read any books by this author and hope to read more.

My thanks to NetGalley and the Publishers. This is my honest review.

by Jeanette NetGallery


A very engrossing read! It's not often that I will sit and read a book within a day, but this was certainly a page turner. I was hooked from the moment that Jack was in his garden when a police car pulled up and then found himself on his way to Florida to face a murder charge. I am not going to spoil the story by telling what happens, as I prefer one to read for themselves.

I know that the system is not always perfect and so pleased that I'm in the UK where there is no capital punishment. My eldest granddaughter is going into the Police Force, not only because it's her chosen career, but having had personal experience of someone going free due to bad evidence, she has vowed to do a better job.

I highly recommend this book, and may be of particular interest to those who work in the Police Force, Legal System or Social Workers. It is the first time that I have read any books by this author and hope to read more.

My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers. This is my honest review.

by Jeanette Styles


As a psychology major, I found this book to be intriguing since it highlighted the long term effects that abuse has on a victim. The premise of Jack being falsely arrested for the murder of the man who abused him years before was interesting. The author did a great job of capturing the emotions that Jack felt during various stages. I am going to seek out more of their work.

by Cristie Underwood (via NetGalley)


A rollicking tale that reminds how easily the innocent can get caught up in the system, and convincingly presents the world through the filter of an otherwise sharp mind clouded by memory problems. The book is perhaps most of the interest because of the portrayal of the long-term consequences of even a single experience of abuse in childhood.

by Sheriff Alan D Miller


Miller H Caldwell

I served on the committee of the Society of Authors in Scotland. I was the events manager. I have published 23 books since starting to be a full time author in 2003.

I was the camp manger (Post earthquake 2005) in the NWFP of Pakistan and was first to alert authorities that Osama bin Laden was in Abbotabad. I was the Regional Reporter to the Children's Hearings (The Scottish legal system for placing children on supervision or care.)

Now with increasing memory problems, my last book may have been written although I have written an unpublished novel. Having great editors to change my work is a super help. So to Alan, David in France and Alex on Jura, thanks team.

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