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This book scares us at the levels of incompetence and cover-up rife in the Victorian Police Force at the time.
We’ve been receiving your reviews of the best book of 2011 in our contest to win a signed copy of Little Princes by Conor Grennan. We’re closing the competition on New Year’s Eve—so do send us your reader recommendations and take the chance to win the prize!
Elizabeth Ware of Mordialloc likes:
'Blind Justice, the true story of the murder of Jennifer Tanner, by Robin Bowles. Extremely well researched and written, keeps the readers' interest right through, and scares us at the levels of incompetence and cover-up rife in the Victorian Police Force at the time. Now I want to get the rest of her books from the library and have an informed and fascinating read.'
Here’s a review of another Robin Bowles book by Ivan Morrow of Turramurra, Taken in Contempt: when parents abduct their own children:
'The Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia in his foreword to the book feels that while it is important for enlightening the readers on "the harrowing and difficult problems associated with international child abduction", he does not agree with all that is said in the book.
Robin Bowles examines the problems of regaining children from a variety of countries: Western, Eastern European, Islamic, etc. Occasionally we get two sides of a case and the reader can be forgiven for not knowing what to believe—it gives one sympathy for the judges and children involved, but on the whole the author is not judgmental.
While this book is most enlightening on its subject, it has a case-history/textbook quality and reads like a handbook for those parents who find themselves in such a predicament. It would be of interest to social workers and public servants, but it’s rather dry in places for the general reader.'
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