A Game of Proof
Sarah Newby became pregnant in the back of a Ford Cortina at the age of 15. She left school to bring up her son as a single parent on one of the worst council estates in Leeds. From this disastrous beginning she has worked her way up, by sheer strength of character, to begin a career as a criminal barrister.
But just as her career is beginning to take off, her own son, Simon, is arrested and charged with a seriesof brutal rapes and murders. The evidence against him is so strong that his QC advises a guilty plea, but Simon swears he is innocent and begs his mother to take on his defence. The only other obvious suspect in the murders, however, is a man who has already been acquitted once – with Sarah acting as his defence lawyer …
Has Sarah, in her single-minded determination to create a career for herself, neglected her son so much that she no longer knows him? He has often lied to her in the past, so why should she believe him this time? And what should she do when she herself uncovers evidence that seems to suggest his guilt? What is most important to Sarah – the truth, her hard-won career, or her love for her son?
A Fatal Verdict
Imagine how you’d feel if your own child was murdered, and the police and the courts let the killer go free. What would you do? What could you do? Would you dare?
A university student, Shelley Walters, is found dead in the bath in her boyfriend’s flat. At first this looks like suicide, but then her boyfriend, David Kidd, is charged with her murder. When he is acquitted, her furious parents say there is no justice in court, and threaten revenge. Soon afterwards, David is discovered dead in his car. The police charge Shelley’s mother, Kathryn, with his murder, and Sarah Newby is confronted with one of her toughest defence cases yet. Although Sarah is convinced her client is innocent, she cannot understand why Kathryn is so listless and reluctant to give evidence on her own behalf, or indeed why she chose Sarah to represent her in the first place …
Like the first Sarah Newby book, this story combines the excitement of a fast-moving detective drama with the challenge of the moral choices confronting the characters.
When Sarah Newby presents her first case in the Court of Criminal Appeal, it seems her career is looking up.
But at the same time her marriage hits the rocks, and to the despair of her former admirer Detective Inspector Terry Bateson, Sarah embarks on an affair with a handsome property developer, Michael Parker. All goes well at first, but then a body is discovered in one of Michael’s cottages. As Terry Bateson investigates, his suspicions fall upon Michael. But is Terry just jealous, or is Sarah’s new lover really a murderer?