Blackmail by Michael Stokes

In crime and thriller novel, Blackmail, Michael explores the lives of a group of criminals who pull off a daring robbery. However, one of them becomes involved in a struggle with a security guard who is shot and seriously injured. The gang leader, Michael Doyle, establishes a seemingly perfect alibi to escape, but their carefully prepared…

In crime and thriller novel, Blackmail, Michael explores the lives of a group of criminals who pull off a daring robbery. However, one of them becomes involved in a struggle with a security guard who is shot and seriously injured. The gang leader, Michael Doyle, establishes a seemingly perfect alibi to escape, but their carefully prepared plans begin to unravel when the DNA of the robber who struggled with the injured guard is detected. The investigators are able to link him with Doyle through CCTV and both of them are arrested.

Clever lawyers seek to exclude the DNA evidence but Doyle’s girlfriend, who has some legal knowledge, is sceptical that the ploy will work. Desperate measures become necessary…

Then, things take a turn for the worse when a judge’s home is raided and his wife and young son kidnapped. It turns out they will only be released if he rules against the prosecution. Will the judge do what the kidnappers demand?

Will Blackmail reveal who was behind the kidnapping? Was it Doyle’s girlfriend or someone from his past? Someone he had crossed? Only time will tell…

Blackmail will appeal to fans of chilling crime and thriller novels.
Available on Amazon

“A real page-turner of a crime novel”

Five Star Review on Amazon by J. Mountain

A real page-turner of a crime novel and quick to read despite its length. As another reviewer wrote, it’s good to have a fictional detective with a happy personal life for a change. The author’s knowledge of law and police procedure makes the plot and the characters’ actions far more believable; things go wrong through human error or malice aforethought, not because of some unlikely arrangement such as a professional with a known personal interest in a case being allowed to work on it. I found the plot absorbing and the characters credible and interesting – I look forward to learning more about them in the sequel. Something else I really enjoyed was the strong sense of place, with the action moving mainly between London and the East Midlands, stopping off briefly in Brussels and the New Forest. More please.

About the Author

Michael Stokes was born in Preston and educated at Preston Catholic College and Leeds University where he read law. He was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 1971 and practised 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 hopefully be published at the end of this year. 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.

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One Comment

  1. Blackmail was an excellent read ,long fuse but explosive plot .The sequel is equally brilliant but I do think Maxine Kruger could have featured more largely and I’m not talking dress size here
    A wonderful character and not the nasty piece of work described by that Ill informed juror

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