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John T. Leonard

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.

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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.