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The Burden of Proof

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Six men, four stolen cars, weapons, gloves, stockings for the faces ... Vic Dakin, gang boss, psycho-homosexual and sadist is ready for a bit of business ...

Dakin's empire of fear extends from the Soho strip clubs and gambling dens to country house orgies and the blackmail of a lascivious MP.

When so many glittering lives hide such sordid private sins, how can an honest copper ever win?

Barlow's fast-paced crime novel is cleverly plotted, horrific and enthralling yet loses none of the insight into the degenerate quirks of society.

Praise for The Burden of Proof

'One of the best crime stories I have ever read - ingeniously plotted, fast-moving, written with insight, sympathy and uncanny authenticity ... studded with horrific close-ups of vicious beatings-up'
Sunday Telegraph

'Violent and highly sensational'

'James Barlow is one of the most able thriller writers in the business, with an alarmingly acute eye for the degenerate quirks of society and the knack of unraveling a plot as complicatedly knit as spaghetti'
The Spectator

'A wild and dizzy tale of crime and vice told at Barlow's characteristic speed, which is furious ... '
New Yorker

'An outstandingly good "serious" crime novel, all the more enthralling for being moralistic, and with an ominous ending'
The Sunday Times

'A real sleep-stealer'
The Yorkshire Post

'Fast, violent and serious-minded'
Birmingham Evening Mail


Used availability for James Barlow's The Burden of Proof

Hardback Editions

1968 : UK Hardback

Title: The Burden of Proof
Author(s): James Barlow
ISBN: 0-241-01550-2 / 978-0-241-01550-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: H. Hamilton
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Paperback Editions

November 1970 : UK Paperback

Title: Burden of Proof
Author(s): James Barlow
ISBN: 0-330-02574-0 / 978-0-330-02574-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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February 1970 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: The Burden of Proof
Author(s): James Barlow
ISBN: 0-451-04151-8 / 978-0-451-04151-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet
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Kindle Editions

November 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Burden of Proof
Author(s): James Barlow
Publisher: Peach Publishing
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