Verdict Unsafe

Verdict Unsafe

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by Jill McGown
     
 

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Detective Inspector Judy Hill anxiously watched the trial of serial rapist Colin Arthur Drummond from the public gallery—never forgetting his chilling threat that she would be his next victim. The prosecution should have an open-and-shut case.

But sixteen months later Drummond is back on the streets, threatening Judy once more. And as Judy sets out

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Detective Inspector Judy Hill anxiously watched the trial of serial rapist Colin Arthur Drummond from the public gallery—never forgetting his chilling threat that she would be his next victim. The prosecution should have an open-and-shut case.

But sixteen months later Drummond is back on the streets, threatening Judy once more. And as Judy sets out to prove Drummond's guilt for the second time, Detective Chief Inspector Lloyd is called to a horrifying scene. It appears Colin Drummond has struck again. . . .

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
In a brooding English procedural, Detective Inspector Judy Hill (A Shred of Evidence, 1996) fights personal and professional battles with a sexual predator. Colin Drummond has beaten the rap on several rape charges. His confession to Hill was disallowed at trial and, although convicted with DNA evidence, he went free when an appeals court found insufficient corroboration, plus misconduct by two policemen. Now Drummond is following Hill and hinting that she could be his next target. He also shadows previous victims, including Ginny Fredericks, a young prostitute who often entertains Rob Jarvis, who hasn't been able to make love to his wife since her grim encounter with the rapist. Meanwhile, an investigation of Drummond's original arrest casts suspicion on Hill, who has only DCI Lloyd, her lover as well as her boss, to defend her integrity. The story begins slowly and sometimes mires itself in pitiful details of the rape victims' lives. But McGown turns the tables with two midpoint surprises that suddenly make many of the players more important than they had appeared, while dramatically upping the stakes for Hill. The pace is methodical and the cast cheerless, but McGown wraps her grim tale in a complex, satisfying solution.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a brooding English procedural, Detective Inspector Judy Hill (A Shred of Evidence, 1996) fights personal and professional battles with a sexual predator. Colin Drummond has beaten the rap on several rape charges. His confession to Hill was disallowed at trial and, although convicted with DNA evidence, he went free when an appeals court found insufficient corroboration, plus misconduct by two policemen. Now Drummond is following Hill and hinting that she could be his next target. He also shadows previous victims, including Ginny Fredericks, a young prostitute who often entertains Rob Jarvis, who hasn't been able to make love to his wife since her grim encounter with the rapist. Meanwhile, an investigation of Drummond's original arrest casts suspicion on Hill, who has only DCI Lloyd, her lover as well as her boss, to defend her integrity. The story begins slowly and sometimes mires itself in pitiful details of the rape victims' lives. But McGown turns the tables with two midpoint surprises that suddenly make many of the players more important than they had appeared, while dramatically upping the stakes for Hill. The pace is methodical and the cast cheerless, but McGown wraps her grim tale in a complex, satisfying solution. (June)
Library Journal
In an English Midlands town, Colin Drummond, known as "the stealth bomber," is in prison for rape. Forty-year-old Detective Inspector Judy Hill took his confession. Now, after three years in prison, Drummond has been released to be tried again. He harasses Hill with phone calls and threats, and she fears that he will add to his total of four rapes. Judy's lover, Detective Chief Inspector Lloyd (both characters appeared in McGown's A Shred of Evidence, LJ 6/1/96), is also involved in the case. Twists and turns and subplots put Drummond's guiltand Hill's career (and romance)in doubt. Reminiscent of PBS's Prime Suspect, this is a good work with some funny moments. Recommended for all mystery collections.Barbara Maslekoff, Ohioana Lib., Columbus
Kirkus Reviews
Two years after the open-and-shut case against Colin Drummond came apart—despite a DNA match on the second of four rapes and a pair of eyewitnesses to the fourth—Drummond is free on a technicality. The new, not-guilty Drummond splits his time between preparing a lawsuit against the coppers who took him in—he's not assuaged by the fact that two of them have already been tossed off the force for beating him—and harassing Judy Hill, the inspector whose evidence really would've put him away (he confessed a fifth, unreported rape to her in numbing detail and marked her as his sixth victim) if his canny lawyer hadn't gotten it thrown out. On reopening the case, Chief Inspector Lloyd, Judy's boss/lover, finds disturbing new evidence that contradicts Judy's story of the unreported rape. He can't believe she'd lie, but his higher-ups in the Stansfield CID have no such problem. Meantime, Judy herself has started to dig up evidence throwing a much deeper shadow on the "Malworth Mafia"—the officers who allegedly set Drummond up. As the other victims in this sorry drama struggle to get on with their lives—one victim, a prostitute, has married a savior who's pimping her to the husband of a second victim who can't face sex with his wife anymore, while a third victim has given up and killed herself—the news comes that another victim has been found, raped and murdered. And the killing has only just begun.

For once, McGown (A Shred of Evidence, 1996, etc.) has set forth a case as gripping as its people—from the key clue buried in the opening sentence to the dizzying complications still being spun out moments before the final curtain.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307560988
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/23/2009
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
580,707
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

A native of Argyll, Scotland, Jill McGown has lived in Corby, England, since she was ten. She wrote her first novel, A Perfect Match, in 1983. Nine others have followed, including Gone to Her Death, Murder at the Old Vicarage, Murder . . . Now and Then, The Murders of Mrs. Austin and Mrs. Beale, The Other Woman, A Shred of Evidence, and her newest: Picture of Innocence.

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Verdict Unsafe 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JIPthereader More than 1 year ago
She is one of my all-time favorites! Red herrings galore - you think you know "who done it" and by the end you realize you're wrong but had it right half-way thru the book but you didn't know why! Dry British wit, clever dialogue and just enough description to ensure you know what the characters are seeing and feeling. All of her Lloyd and Hill books are highly recommended -- but read in order of publishing dates.