Double Jeopardy by Bill James

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Whose side is the Law ? and detective Kerry Lake in particular ? on? Scout Pethor and his friend Matthew Gain were acquitted of the race-related murder of Angela Sabat, a black American girl. It's a judgement Angela's mother doesn?t accept. Still, you can?t be charged twice for the same crime ? can you? So there shouldn?t be anything for Kerry Lake to worry about. But the post-trial inquiry suggests that policeman Vic Othen, Lake's adulterous lover, might have been involved.

About Bill James

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Bill James has been called "the Elmore Leonard of Britain's underworld" (Kirkus Reviews) and has been named a "Master of Crime" in a mystery roundup by the London Sunday Times, which said, "There is nothing else quite like this series of police procedurals. James is concerned with the dilemmas and difficulties of policing Britain's inner cities, and he addresses these in hard-edged narratives that leave readers gasping and flinching, praying the people in these stories never come to live in their streets." In addition to the Harpur and Iles series, James is the author of other mystery series and a book on Anthony Powell. He lives in Wales.
Published April 25, 2002 by Severn House Publishers. 256 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Botched prosecutions in at least two recent cases with black murder victims set the real-life tone and raise the fictional stakes, as a white female police officer watches her older detective lover being grilled by a commission of inquiry for his role in a case where two white men were acquitted ...

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Time Out New York

She's just discovered, however, that he's not dead but making hay under an assumed identity, whereupon one of her fellow inmates - an ex-lawyer who's offed her other half - gives her the legal scoop: 'double jeopardy,' meaning you can't be tried for the same crime twice.

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