The Unsound Convictions of Judge Stephen Mentall: A laugh out loud satire on the police and judiciary
“Hilarious. A comic genius is born. Thoroughly British with scurrilous but likeable characters. Laugh-out-loud funny. A must for fans of Tom Sharpe.” HE’S A JUDGE WITH A PAST Meet Stephen Mentall. He’s a judge, a hypocrite and he’s been a very naughty boy – the kind of man who thinks the world, and all those
“Hilarious. A comic genius is born. Thoroughly British with scurrilous but likeable characters. Laugh-out-loud funny. A must for fans of Tom Sharpe.”
HE’S A JUDGE WITH A PAST
Meet Stephen Mentall. He’s a judge, a hypocrite and he’s been a very naughty boy – the kind of man who thinks the world, and all those that inhabit it, are there to serve him and him alone.
BUT HIS PAST IS ABOUT TO CATCH UP WITH HIM
Life is going well for Judge Mentall, he’s just managed to get shot of his wife and Madam Suzie’s House of Pleasure now regard him as their best customer.
But, with forces at work to bring him down, he finds himself the victim of a botched kidnapping. As a result, he is locked-up and seemingly forgotten in a seedy care home for the elderly by kidnappers pretending to be his concerned offspring.
His protestations that he’s actually a crown court judge and not senile prove as futile as his attempts to escape. Meanwhile, the three Chief Constables charged with finding him spend more time bickering with each other than they do investigating his disappearance. Only a chance piece of evidence reveals his whereabouts.
His freedom is short-lived, however, when the crimes he has committed and those he hasn’t soon catch up with him. As his own trial looms, will Judge Mentall also become the victim of an unsound conviction?
SO WHO WILL LIKE IT…
Smith’s debut novel is a laugh-out-loud satirical romp, it’ll will remind you of the novels of Tom Sharpe (especially ‘Blott On The Landscape’ with its similar power mad corrupt officials). Perfect too for fans of Viz, Private Eye and Have I Got News for You. Click on the ‘Look inside’ button and read the first chapter for free.
AND WHAT DO OTHER READERS THINK…
Hilarious. A comic genius is born.
A cleverly written story which had me laughing out loud.
Intelligently written and thoroughly recommended.
A gloriously cynical view of the judiciary, the police and criminal low life.
Scurrilous but likeable characters and thoroughly British.
Smith’s humour begins with the title, ‘The Unsound Convictions of Judge Stephen Mentall’. A judge whose convictions about the world are as unsound as some of the cases over which he has presided ends up the victim of an unsound conviction himself – genius.
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