‘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 the 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.
Available on Amazon
Five Star Review on Amazon by Amazon Customer
A very well written and impressive sequel to ‘Blackmail’. Fans of the original shall be left equally satisfied by what is revealed in this novel – and eager to discover what may happen next!
About the Author
Michael Stokes was born in Preston and educated at Preston Catholic College and Leeds University where he read the law. He was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 1971 and practiced at the criminal Bar until 2001, becoming a QC in 1994 before becoming a judge in 2001. He was appointed Recorder of Nottingham in 2007 and retired from the bench in 2016. He is married with two children, was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Nottinghamshire in 2016 and continues his interests in the law as an Honorary Professor at Nottingham Trent University. The sequel to blackmail’ is well underway and will be published in June 2018. Look out for it – ‘A Private and Convenient Place’. It features the trial of the single individual whose fate remains unknown at the conclusion of Blackmail’ as well as uncovering a number of fascinating insights into the lives of others intimately connected with her.
Connect with the author on Twitter: Follow