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A Fair Cop

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  44 ratings  ·  14 reviews
The true story of a young police officer’s imprisonment for a crime he did not commit.It was Michael Bunting's life ambition to follow in his father's footsteps and become a police officer. But six years after his family watch him pass out and begin his life's dream, he is serving a sentence for a crime he didn't commit. This is his story.Beaten almost senseless as he trie ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published October 29th 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published October 1st 2008)
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Shaun Attwood
I just finished reading A Fair Cop, and the tears are still in my eyes. The book details how Michael dealt with being a policeman wrongfully sentenced to prison, where at any moment the inmates could discover his occupation and try to kill him. For defending himself against a violent drunk who repeatedly punched Michael's head and jaw - knocking pieces of his teeth out - Michael should never have been put in prison. The book is structured well and is extremely emotionally engaging. Every time Mi ...more
D.J.
This is one of my favourite types of books. The genre has many different names; a true life story, an autobiography, a memoir, non fiction and so on.

A Fair Cop is all of those and more. I fear this review will not do it justice. I have struggled to get into words the impact it has had on me.

Michael Bunting is a very skilled writer, the story grabbed hold of me from the first page and held me engrossed till the very last word. I wanted to read it all in one sitting but the words in A Fair Cop rem
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Katy
For many, miscarriages of justice belong in foreign countries where the judicial system is iffy and the policing methods outdated. A Fair Cop is the true story of a Leeds police officer attacked and injured on an August night in 1997. Two years later he found himself defending a charge of common assault at Leeds Crown Court. He was found guilty and received a four month prison sentence. Being an inmate in a prison is tough enough, being an innocent policeman in a prison is a hundred times worse. ...more
Mark Maguire
This book was nothing short of incredible.

There have been moments recently where I have felt that there was a certain conspiracy; injustice, or general malevolence aimed at myself and the people that I hold dear. I could never put my finger on it as "it" seemed to emanate from everyone and everything no matter how "good" their intentions. It sounds sinister and / or paranoid, but "it" has felt very real to me.

I have been unable to determine how best to cope. However, this book, and PC Bunting'
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Matt
A thoroughly good read about a quite astonishing miscarriage of justice. The book follows PC Michael Bunting through his career, it shows how proud he and his family were, and how it was all undone by events which led to him being jailed! Its a frustrating read, not due to the quality of the book but because of his treatment. Bunting didn't waffle on unnecessarily, each chapter was relevant and the book is well worth a read!
Michelle
I'm not really a fan of true stories but this one was ok
Nathan
This story is right on my doorstep, so local we drink in the same pub. A local bobby who has to deal with the day to day crimes on typical criminals. Then both his colleagues and the british justice system do the dirty on him and he ends up in jail for protecting his own life. His time in jail as a copper is, as you would expect a harrowing one.
Alit
Interesting read & gives an insight in to prison life that you wouldn't normally see, although is only one viewpoint of the system & a different one to the mainstream prison population
Mark
Not bad, really was a miscarriage of justice and a frighting story of our failed judicial system, but a lot of whining for only 30 days in jail.
Gordon Shaw
Gripping read, impossible to understand the fear the author would have been suffering from, and indeed the Law is an Ass.
Zena
Great book, so very scary that this has ocurred. What a terrible life experience.
Tony Walker
This was an excellent book and just goes to show the "law is an ass"
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