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VERDICT UNSAFE (Lloyd and Hill #8)
Macmillan, London/Fawcett (Ballantine Books), NY (1997)

My thirteenth novel, published Macmillan, London/Fawcett (Ballantine Books), NY 1997. Hardback, paperback, large print, Magna Story Sound (unabridged).

Four young women. Four horrific rapes. Committed, it is claimed, by Colin Arthur Drummond, a privileged young man from Malworth. Certainly Detective Inspector Judy Hill will never forget his chilling description of a fifth unreported rape – or his threat that she was to be his sixth victim.

The prosecution has an open-and-shut case against him – or do they? For very soon, Drummond is threatening Judy again. As she sets out to prove his guilt for a second time – and save her own job – Detective Chief Inspector Lloyd is called to a horrifying scene.

It appears Colin Drummond has picked his next victim…

This is a sequel to The Other Woman – is it necessary to read them in order?
No, because the court case at the beginning of Verdict Unsafe gives you all the information you need, and reading it first doesn’t give anything away about the outcome of The Other Woman.

So what made you want to write a sequel?
I knew when I wrote The Other Woman that I wanted Drummond to come out of prison and go after Judy at some point in the future. But since I had made it abundantly clear that the police had got him – as Tom Finch would say – bang to rights, that looked as though it would have to wait for some considerable time, especially with Stansfield time moving so much more slowly than it does in the rest of the world. But then I saw a programme about the non-infallibility of DNA, and a little reading-up on sexual dysfunction confirmed that there was a way that I could get Drummond out of jail free. The fact that Drummond had called himself the ‘Stealth Bomber’ was sheer serendipity, and it was the aptness of his soubriquet that made me decide to go for it.

How did you go about it?
I re-read The Other Woman, and saw how the throw-away remark that some of the officers at Malworth might be corrupt could be the basis for this story, and would give incidents and scenes from the first novel a completely different slant. I enjoyed working out the new plot with timings, locations and characters already fixed; it wasn’t easy, but it was fun. And it worked! In some ways, it’s the novel that gives me most satisfaction.

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