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Verdict Unsafe

(Lloyd & Hill #8)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  181 ratings  ·  13 reviews
-He'd waited for her outside her flat that night, but Lloyd had come home with her, and he'd had to let it go. But he'd get her. One day. He'd get her.- Four young women. Four horrific rapes. Committed by a man who called himself the 'Stealth Bomber'. Colin Arthur Drummond - a privileged young man from Malworth - now stands accused of these crimes. And, watching his trial ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published May 8th 2014 by Policy Press (first published June 24th 1997)
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"Detective Inspector Judy Hall anxiously watched the trial of serial rapist Colin Arthur Drummond from the public -- gallery -- never forgetting his chilling threat that she would be his next victim. The prosecution should have and open-and-shut case.

"But sixteen months later Drummond is back on the streets, threatening Judy once more. And as Judy sets out to prove Drummond's guilt for the second time, Detective Chief Inspector Lloyd is called to a horrifying scene. It appears Colin Drummond has
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you read and enjoyed the same author's 'The Other Woman' you will probably find this book a good if harrowing, read as it follows on from that book. Colin Drummond is on trial for several particularly vicious murders. DI Judy Hill attends some of the trial while she is on leave as she has a personal interest in the outcome.

The DNA evidence seems pretty conclusive as well as the masses of circumstantial evidence and together they seem to have produced a strong case against him. As can be gues
Another great book in this great series. The book mostly deals with a rapist case from a previous book, with lots of characters who may or may not be important in connection to the cases being investigated in this book, lots of Lloyd's little puzzles, and the strain in Lloyd and Hill's relationship becoming more pronounced. I like that they are a couple who are very different and who have real fights, but who have a love and belief in each other that is always going to come through. The side cha ...more
Sep 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#8 Lloyd & Hill British police procedural. A two-year-old rape case is brought back into focus when the rapist is released on a legal technicality. Not only are his victims put into an emotional tailspin, so are their families, the police officers involved and the community at large. A twisted and convoluted tale full of petty criminals, crooked cops, and nothing but lies and more lies in Stansfield and Malworth, where the crimes were committed.

DI Judy Hill firmly believes that Colin Drummo
Sep 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the eight book in the Lloyd and Judy Hill series and the second I've read. These books are hard to come by here in Brazil. Having a little knowledge of the English legal sector myself, I found the court scenes convincing but wanted McGown to go on, to get to the real story. When she does, it is worth the wait. This book keeps you guessing until the very end, and like all good British procedurals, has two or three story strands that come together at the end. In this case there is a freed ...more
Jill Hutchinson
I have read several of the books in this series about fellow police officers and life partners, Lloyd and Hill and am always rather amazed at the complexity of the stories. And this is no exception......the book begins with the trial of a convicted rapist who swears revenge of Hill when he is released. Now he is back on the streets and filing an official complaint against Hill for setting him up. Sound simple?....not at all since the author throws in police corruption, a rash of burglaries, pros ...more
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Another great story in the Lloyd and Hill series....always a very convoluted plot which isn't solved until the end. Love the humourous interaction between Lloyd and Hill ...the saying is that one partner always love more and in this case, I feel Lloyd is the one less loved. Judy can be quite aloof and not into 'romance' as such....very ambitious woman.

Some of the scenes in this book were much more graphic than I like but any description of rape brings horrible images to my mind. I suppose by th
Boots S
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would rate this 2-1/2 stars as I did finish the book.

Colin Drummond is accused of rape and is on trial. He has confessed to Detective July Hill of the rapes of three women, but her notes were barred from the trial. He has now pleaded Not Guilty. Witnesses are questioned, he is convicted, spends 2 years in jail, when his attorney finds fault with some of the trial. Drummond is released and threatens that Judy will be next. Many red herrings are thrown into the story and it becomes confusing. Th
Kirsty Darbyshire

This series is really good anyway but this book in particular is excellent. Growing out of the case a couple of books back in the series it investigates what happens after a rape trial is completed and as the title suggests (so I'm not giving too much away) the defendant is released as the jury's decision doesn't stand up to appeal. Lots of character development among the ongoing players.

Carolyn (in SC) C234D
Another excellent addition to this series. The third or fourth that I have read, and they have all been well done. Likable characters, not perfect but with integrity and maturity. Must find some more.
Gary Van Cott
3.5 stars. This book has a very complicated plot. I did my best to try to follow it but the wrap up at the end seemed a bit vague and I didn't quite understand why at least one of the crimes had been committed.
Nov 25, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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This was too dark for me.......I did not enjoy this at all! Rape is no joke and it was all to vivid a picture. Too graphic.
Oct 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably my all time favorite by Ms. McGown. But then again, they all rank up there. Best to read them in order.
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Jill McGown (9 August 1947, Campbeltown, Scotland – 6 April 2007 in Kettering, Northamptonshire) was a British writer of mystery novels. She was best known for her mystery series featuring Inspector Lloyd and Judy Hill, one of which (A Shred of Evidence) was made into a television series. McGown wrote her first mystery novel after being laid off from the British Steel Corporation in 1980. She is s ...more

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