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Smooth Justice [Hardcover]

Michael Underwood

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8 Mar 1979

In Bloomsbury Magistrate's Court, stipendiary magistrate Donald Ferney reigned supreme. Ferney sought to acquire the public image of the 'kindly magistrate' and his remarks, even his judgements, were sometimes aimed at the local reporters present in court.

But among those who knew him better, Mr Ferney was not loved. He had, indeed, made many enemies in all departments of his life, in particular among the permanent staff who served at his court . . .

'Among Mr Underwood's best' P. D. James

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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'Underwood's novels are insidiously hard to put down' Independent --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Michael Underwood (the pseudonym of John Michael Evelyn) was born in Worthing, Sussex and educated at Christ Church College, Oxford. He was called to the Bar in 1939 and served in the British army during World War Two. He returned to work in the Department of Public Prosecutions until his retirement in 1976, and wrote almost 50 crime novels informed by his career in the law. His five series characters include Sergeant Nick Atwell and lawyer Rosa Epton, of whom it was said by the Washington Post that she 'outdoes Perry Mason'. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars An acceptable tale, with a surprising ending 21 Oct 2012
By danielx - Published on
Who is sending the British Judge Ferney those threatening letters, and who shot a bullet through his office window? Is it his resentful court usher, Reggie, whom he humiliates daily? Or defense attorney Smeech who is having an affair with Ferney's wife? Or the corrupt police detective on trial in his courtroom? Or someone connected with the high priced Madam he visits monthly? And why was Reggie murdered -- was Ferney the real target?

There are plenty of motives and enough characters to tax one's memory. I did not find it easy to care about the characters, and the English slang was sometimes opaque; but the ending and solution were surprising and worth wading for. :-) However, I am not too inclined to seek another detective tale by the author.
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