James Marshall is a successful defence attorney, close to making partner at his firm, having never lost a case.

He enjoys the spoils of success, but his ambitions and his work have destroyed his marriage. Since this breakdown, he has struggled to balance his life, scarcely seeing his young children, but his parents remain a solid support in his life, and his passion for his work has kept him going.

Through his work, he thought he'd seen the worst that humanity had to offer, until the day a vengeful former client attacks his parents.

Terrified for his family, Marshall finds himself making a list of the worst people he's defended, guilty people he had successfully kept out of prison, before tracking each of them down, intent on finding the culprit.

John T. Leonard

Vindicated was Leonard's first completed project since gaining a publisher, Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie, in 2018. His first title to be released by them, A Life's Work, was in fact his third novel written. Since then, they have re-released his second novel, Primus, in 2019, and most recently, his tenth title, Fallen Victim. Despite this significant progression in his writing career, Leonard still works full-time within the police, although at the time of writing Vindicated, he was not on the frontline, as his anxiety had temporarily forced him into a non-operational role. He has now returned to full operational duties. However, it is still his ambition to one day retire from full-time employment and to commit himself to writing on a professional level. As a result of Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie's efforts to publicise his releases, Leonard has been the focus of a local newspaper article, as well as being interviewed on BBC local radio.

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Fallen Victim

Matt Fisher, a once respected police officer, was imprisoned after being found guilty of mistreating a prisoner in his care. Upon his release and suspecting there is more to his conviction than at first appears, he vows to dig deeper into the circumstances behind the allegation against him and uncovers a complex web of lies and deception amongst the police force. Faced with the prospect of losing everything he has worked for, Fisher is determined to expose the secrets behind his downfall and bring those responsible to justice. But as he looks to seek revenge, unforeseen circumstances arise which threaten to jeopardise his very existence.


DS Tom Draven is a well-respected police officer in the Serious Crimes Unit. It is a stressful job and it's not surprising that he sometimes fails to put enough energy into his relationship with his girlfriend, Jess, and often has to let her down at the last minute when work calls. But when he starts to lose track of whole chunks of time, he begins to wonder if his mind is playing tricks on him.

When Tom starts to discover items belonging to him at a series of unconnected killings, he becomes convinced that someone is trying to fit him up. Tom knows he is innocent, but the forensic evidence is compelling, and he is arrested and charged with murder.

Events take a twisted and sinister turn as the dedicated and brilliant detective finds himself caught up in a tense and psychologically compelling battle with an equally clever and ruthless criminal.

As the trial commences, it becomes apparent that only one of them can win, and Tom must fight for his liberty and his life...

A Life’s Work

Oliver Bennett was only five years old when his mother was brutally raped and murdered and he came face to face with her killer.

Oliver has a strong and loving relationship with his father, but his childhood is deeply troubled despite psychological therapy and counselling. When Oliver decides to join the police force, his father is hopeful that Oliver has found a way to come to terms with his mother's death.

But Mary Bennett's killer has been released into the community after serving a life sentence. A murderer is free to live his life despite having cruelly ended a mother's life and forever blighted a child's future.

Has Oliver joined the police to dedicate his life to law and order, or does he have a more sinister motivation?