Much in Evidence

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House of Stratus, Jan 1, 2000 - Fiction - 212 pages
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William Richmond is bald and lame. He is also most unlucky. On the very night he has 100,000 in his safe, his home is broken into and he is beaten up. His insurance company pays up - but they are suspicious. It would appear that a series of bald and lame men have been making dubious insurance claims. In this hilarious trial novel we see how Mr Richmond is finally able to show the very surprising nature of coincidence.
 

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Contents

Breaking and Entering
1
The Claim
6
The Claim Considered
11
Silence in Court
19
Miss Clinchs Discovery
43
Mr Tewkesbury at Work
47
Mr Tewkesbury at Play
53
The Queen Against Richmond
66
Still Out of Order
135
Mr Tewkesbury at Bay
141
Sorry Youve Been Troubled
149
Speech for the Defence
153
Reflections of Counsel
156
A Change of Front
161
Another Chance
173
Holiday Plans
192

Domestic Coincidences
86
An Unexpected Witness
96
Out of Order
116
The Only Chance
197
Copyright

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Henry Cecil, known to many as His Honour Judge H.C. Leon, MC, was a High Court judge as well as a famous author. He wrote during the three-week-long family holidays, which were usually spent in comfortable hotels in Britain. He would sit in a deck chair in a sunny garden, exercise book on lap and pen in hand, writing from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and again from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. each day. His writing career is attributed to his Second World War experiences. Sailing around the Cape on a "dry" troop ship on the way to Cairo, the colonel asked his adjutant (Cecil) to tell stories to keep the officers' minds off alcohol. The stories were so popular that they became a regular feature, and formed the basis of his first collection, Full Circle, published in 1948. Many of his stories were made into films or plays, notably Brothers-in-Law and Alibi for a Judge.

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