No Exit Press is to publish G F Newman’s Law and Order, a controversial depiction of corruption in the criminal justice system, as an e-book in April, to tie in with the 40th anniversary screening of the TV series on BBC Four.
Based on the series, Law and Order is Newman’s 13th novel, and will be available from 6th April at £3.99 on Amazon and all online platforms. It follows corrupt Detective Inspector Fred Pyall, who is determined to nail local petty criminal Jack Lynn for an armed robbery at the gas board in Romford. But is Lynn guilty as charged? Was he even at the scene?
The TV series of "Law and Order" tells the story in four parts, each from a different point of view - the Metropolitan Police, the criminal, the solicitor and the prison system. The BBC will screen all four feature-length episodes on BBC Four, weekly from 12th April.
Ion Mills, managing director of No Exit Press, said: "Law & Order was a truly ground-breaking novel when first published and we’re delighted to be making such an important work available again for new readers to discover."
Newman said: "I’m so pleased that No Exit Press will be publishing the book – they are a publishing house whom I’ve long admired. The publication seems particularly timely in the light of the current crisis in the criminal justice system. In 1978 the TV series created huge controversy, and also led to many changes in the system. But 40 years on, clearly, much more needs to be done."