Michael Underwood - Arm of the Law - Orion Publishing Group

Arm of the Law

By Michael Underwood

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'Underwood's novels are insidiously hard to put down' Independent

Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die ...

It's the carnival motto for Trinidad's most colourful celebrations of the year. But, while thousands enjoy themselves in uninhibited eating, drinking and love-making, Detective-Superintendent Simon Manton is on the hunt for a dangerous killer.

He has struck twice, and he will strike again. For one unlucky person the carnival motto is about to become a sinister reality.

Biographical Notes

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'.

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  • ISBN: 9781471907746
  • Publication date: 14 May 2013
  • Page count: 182
  • Imprint: The Murder Room
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