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Chequered Justice by [Bartlett, John]
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****ing first class! Innovative, engaging, witty, suspenseful, different, superbly written, moving, interesting, and everything else.... It s as bold and innovative as its author, Chequered Justice gives the reader a breath-taking guided tour of race-track suspense, lifts the lid off lethal insurance brokers, exposes the bent nature of law enforcement, and dives into the depths of emotional whirlwinds, I loved it! --Howard Marks aka Mr Nice

A fantastic read whether you re a racing fan or not - a proper page turner... Highly recommended! --Ed Foster, Associate Editor MotorSport

A chilling tale set on the twin tracks of motor racing and justice, exposing the hazardous pit stops of one against the systemic pitfalls of the other, in which truth becomes the loser. --Michael Mansfield QC - Barrister for the Birmingham Six miscarriage of justice appeal

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John Bartlett (born 19th January 1955 is best known as a former WSCC racing driver and team owner in the 1980s. He first started racing in 1979 and raced sports prototype cars throughout most of his career, including Lola, Chevron, Bardon, Tiga, Spice and Porsche in a career spanning some fourteen years. He also had a brief foray into the IMSA GT Championship in the US and touring cars in the UK (winning the Snetterton Willhire 24 Hours) in 1991 driving the Sky TV Ford Sierra RS Cosworth. In his final season in 1993 Bartlett raced the Lola T89 Buick Indy car for the Star Union Team. Chequered Justice, published by Book Guild (hardback) and Amazing Journeys (paperback), is his first novel, a legal thriller that alternates between the race track and the British justice system. He says he was moved to write something about what he considers is becoming an ever more 'political justice system' in which truth is no longer important. Chequered Justice explores the reality of this brave new world and the view of the majority, that justice and law enforcement is incorruptible.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1550 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Amazing Journeys Publishing; 1 edition (6 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GAC6I8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #168,444 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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Chequered Justice was recommended to me by an old school pal of John's, so I felt compelled to read it. I was blown away by just how good it was: well written, edge of the seat stuff
I was involved in motor racing myself, for a year or so, experiencing life behind the scenes for drivers, sponsors and those who make it tick. I escaped prison by the skin of my teeth for 'aiding and abetting' in a subtle multi million pound scam involving those very people.
John has written a remarkable book, I was living his story. It gets right to the heart of what a driver goes through: emotionally, practically, financially and spiritually. There is no escaping the fact that Will was genetically 'hot wired' to race: you can change a man's life, but not his passion. Yet this is more than a book about motor racing, it is about the tenacious human spirit of Will Middleton (I could only picture John), the misuse of power and the collusion of those who will do anything to save their own skin - regardless. Sadly they are the gatekeepers of our laws, the men and women we trust to ensure justice is done.
Chequered Justice is also a powerful love story. Beth, Will's greatest ally, sticking by her man, all the way through the tortuous years, enabling him to carry on. When it seemed he'd lost everything, he still had the most precious thing of all: the love of his wife and family.
This really would make a brilliant movie but it may be that 'the powerful' would put many obstacles in the way of its making. I will now read Dark Horse
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This book is almost like two books in one, half focusing on the racing and the other half on the trial for fraud. The way it written makes you care about the outcome of the court trial. The only reason it is not a 5 star is sometimes it jumps from the trial to a racing episode and it can be difficult to understand what period the book has jumped too. Even if only a small percent of this book is true its still scary that this does happen in the justice system. Well worth a read.
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I was sitting in a coffee bar when I was approached by a man who recommended that this was a good book to read.
Having spoken to the man over a coffee, I established that he was in fact the Author and so I downloaded it there and then.
I was completely engrossed in the book immediately and read it within a couple of days. The book could quite easily have been entitled "Carriage or Miscarriage of Justice" How the British Justice system could be manipulated against an individual was frightening but having said that we read every day of some miscarriage somewhere. The book was well written and was thoroughly entertaining, albeit to the detriment of the Author himself and his family who clearly have lived a number of years in a nightmare situation. I understand that he is currentley engaged in the writing of a second book which if written in a similar style will no doubt top the charts. Well done.
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If only some of the stories in this book are true, then the British legal system is in disarray. While the author claims that he cannot reveal all the details of his case, a quick Google shows that he was involved with the types of car he describes and this lends credence to his story. A very good read and one not to be taken lightly.
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This was definitely a high octane thriller. By the end you still weren't quite sure how much was fact and how much was fiction, but it is certainly an enjoyable read. The chapters did try to make it clear whether they referred to the past or the present, but it could still be a bit confusing. Those who know a lot about motor racing, or the legal system, will probably get the most out of the story.
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Chequered Justice
What an amazing book, just finished reading start to finish in 3 nights not bad seeing the last book I read was years ago. I am not what you would call a great reader
Let me give you some background, I was there some 25 years ago working on the Tiga c2 car at that infamous Brands Hatch race. The book stirred long forgotten memories of a world that so few people get to glance at or even comprehend
A story of passion, dedication and outright determination and a belief that the banking, insurance industry and justice system in this country are there to protect us; 25 years on we all know what a false belief that was.
Again what a brilliant book a must read for anyone

Mark Bowbrick
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