WHEN JUSTICE FAILS is a collection of two Australian true-crime stories.
Story 1: The justice system gone wrong
In 1994, Andrew Mallard was charged with the murder of Perth jeweller Pamela Lawrence. Mallard, a homeless man with mental health issues, was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment, despite bizarre and questionable evidence and problematic police procedures.
In 1998, a team of supporters began to investigate his case. What they found was, literally, a mess – questionable forensics, a confession that was never even signed by Mallard, and evidence that was withheld from the defence. After an unsuccessful appeal in 2002 the original verdict was finally overturned in the High Court in late 2005. Mallard was released on 20 February 2006 – a free man after 12 years behind bars.
Story 2: Champions of the innocent
Imagine being faced with the nightmare of being not only wrongly accused, but then also wrongly convicted. The loneliness and sense of injustice must be overwhelming. It’s times like this you need a champion for your cause. Enter the Innocence Project, a group of people dedicated to freeing the other victims of the criminal justice system – the wrongly convicted.
WHEN JUSTICE FAILS is available from Amazon.
Praise for PD Martin’s fiction books:
“…formidable stylist…” ~The Age
“The Silence of the Lambs meets Medium, with a passing nod to Cornwell.” ~Sydney Morning Herald
“…more twists and turns than a Rubik’s cube…” ~Herald Sun
“gripping read…” ~Herald Sun
“A taut and terrific debut novel…Can’t wait for her next.” ~Women’s Weekly
“…solid, well-researched debut…the intense first-person narration has enough twists and turns to keep forensics fans turning the pages.” ~Publishers Weekly
“…her control of the threads of the stories is very masterful. I thoroughly enjoyed FAN MAIL and look forward to the next in the series.” ~AustCrime
PD Martin – Phillipa Deanne Martin – lives in Melbourne, Australia, and developed a passion for crime fiction and storytelling at an early age. This interest was reinforced with formal education through a Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences (with majors in psychology and criminology) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Writing (Creative Writing). Phillipa also holds a black sash from the Australian Tiger and Crane Kung Fu School.
Phillipa has written five novels and one ebook novella featuring Aussie FBI profiler Sophie Anderson. Her books — Body Count, The Murderers’ Club, Fan Mail, The Killing Hands, Kiss of Death and Coming Home — have all received glowing reviews in Australia and overseas.
Phillipa has also just released two Sophie Anderson short stories as an ebook called The Missing.
Prior to becoming a full-time author, Phillipa worked as a professional writer for over ten years, writing award-winning copy for brochures, newsletters, websites, training CD-ROMs, flyers, ads, media releases and magazines.
For more information visit www.pdmartin.com.au.