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Chequered Justice [Kindle Edition]

John Bartlett
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  • Length: 496 pages
  • Series: Chequered Justice (Book 1)
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Book Description

Only a handful of individuals ever make it in the world of professional motor racing. Only a minute few of those that do make it, experience the devastating effects of becoming seriously injured, with the inevitable collapse of their life’s dreams. Imagine the trauma and torment of losing it all, only to be accused of having deliberately constructed the event of your downfall the Crown!

Chequered Justice is the story of a court case that many say should never have been heard and, some say, couldn’t have happened – and yet... Chequered Justice is a story inspired by true events!

Will Middleton lives for motor racing. More than just a sport, more than a hobby, it's his first love, his livelihood, and the centre of all his dreams. Thatcher's Britan is in meltdown, yet despite the deepening recession, Trans-Atlantic, his new racing team, has just pulled off a major coup - sponsors are queuing up, nothing can go wrong now, surely.

The police raid comes out of the blue. Will is questioned under caution and charged with fraud, and finds himself in a Kafkaesque world where his guilt appears to have been decided in advance. How could a riding accident, an insurance claim, a bounced cheque, and a brief moment of temptation all converge into such a nightmare?

Even as his legal team fights for his acquittal, Will knows in his heart that there is a conspiracy, and the roots of it lie deep in the ancient secret society of the Masons. Trans-Atlantic becomes a distant memory as Will encounters a much darker side of life and leaves the glamorous world of motor racing far behind.

Also from John Bartlett, Dark Horse, the Chequered Justice preqel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1126 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Amazing Journeys Publishing; 1 edition (August 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GAC6I8
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,110,502 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Get ready for an excellent conspiracy thriller! February 28, 2012
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Just finished reading "Chequered Justice" and have to say, "bravo" to John Bartlett -- you are a hero, surviving a version of the events portrayed in your novel. Thank you for perservering and for telling your story; I can't wait to read Mary's (Beth's) version of events when published!

I picked up this eBook after meeting the author at a book signing in Costco, Reading before Christmas. I was dubious, not being overly familiar with the British judicial system, however, as a huge fan of American crime drama (Law & Order, NCIS, Suits, etc.) thought I would give it a try. I was not disappointed.

It was a fast read and did well not to get too bogged down with legal jargon. The descriptions of the venues, from the Old Granary to Wandsworth to Ford were vivid and set my imagination firmly within the locations, with all the empathetic pangs I'd expect from a gripping novel.

Additionally, the book was fairly well edited; I found only a handful of grammatical and editorial mistakes; not too many to cause the pedant in me to disrupt my enjoyment of the tale. Most notably, the repetition of the entire second paragraph of chapter 8 caused the most angst, but only for a moment.

If you like John Grisham, Patricia Cornwell, Tom Clancy, get ready to add John Bartlett to that list!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Food for Thought April 24, 2012
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Chequered Justice is based on a series of true events that lead to the demise of life as Will Middleton knows it. The downhill slide starts with a police raid, followed by charges of fraud, a trial and a prison sentence. Some would think that this is justice served, but the charges were false, and should never have been brought.

Chequered Justice follows 'Middleton's'fight to be found not guilty, and then to appeal the decision.

This book highlights what is wrong with the 'justice' system that is used in Britain, and has filtered through to many countries of the British Commonwealth. It also shows the reader that the 'Old Boy's' network is alive and well. I think it should be compulsory reading for anyone who believes that only the guilty go to jail.

It is very well written, and was hard to put down once I started. I particularly liked the quotations at the beginning of each chapter, and have another one to add "Instead of investigating, Police start with the answer and collect evidence to match it". - Paul Davison QC (New Zealand)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive reading March 14, 2012
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Very occasionally a book comes along that is hard to put down, and this is one of those. It's really a true story masquerading as a fiction, and that's what gives it its raw emotional power: it seems these very shocking events really happened to the author. The story isn't shocking because it's violent - as too many thrillers often are - but because emotional impact of the Kafkaesque web of injustice in which the narrator and his family are trapped. If all this is true - as it appears to be - it's very scarey, much more so than if it was just imagined. The story is compulsive for the simple, obvious reason you really want to know what happened next, and how these bad things can be put right, if they ever can. I spent the whole day reading it for just that reason. (I also know a lot more about motor racing now than I did before!)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A grpping and thought provoking read. March 15, 2012
By Jane60
Before reading this book, I, in common with the majority of British people, considered our system of justice and the law enforcement to be incorruptable.

This book in an articulate and exciting way admirably exposes the manner in which material, events, evidence, officers of the law and the judicial system can be manipulated and a person even eliminated to extract revenge on a person who inadvertantly had offended the powerful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chequered justice April 9, 2012
By Bumble
A brilliant fast moving and gripping story which could be, and sadly probably is, true. The website [...] gives an excellent preview of this author's first novel. Despite dyslexia the book is well constructed and the phraseology is excellent. An expose of masonic influence in the police and judiciary at a high level. My faith in the English system of criminal investigation, prosecution and court proceedings has been shattered.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I wouldn't normally write a review, but having just finished the book I felt compelled to recommend this to others. To have survived, let alone to have articulately written about the experience, is amazing. To turn it into a first rate thriller, that captivates the mind and demands that you stay up late into the night to chase chapter after chapter is a credit to the author. Read this great book - if you like a thriller, if you like motor-racing, if you like legal novels or just if you want to learn more about the UK's legal process and all that can go wrong, even when you are INNOCENT. Thank you John Bartlett for publishing this extra-ordinary tale. I hope the public reaction goes some way to help you rebuild your life and get recognition for your innocence.
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