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John T. Leonard

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...

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ABOUT 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.