Ken Bridgewater Reopens John MacLennan's Death for New Generation of Readers

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Police inspector and possible homosexual is found dead, but the suicide ruling is questionable in his new book ‘Open Verdict’.

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In 1980, Police Inspector John MacLennan was found dead in his locked Hong Kong flat. His chest had five bullet wounds, but the death was ruled a suicide. The case rocked headlines, catching the attention of Aileen Bridgewater, a local radio talk show host who questioned the ruling of the death. Her husband, acclaimed author Ken Bridgewater, now pens a fictionalized account of the strange case of MacLennan’s death and the dangerous opposition Aileen’s questions faced in “Open Verdict: A Hong Kong Story” (published by Trafford Singapore).

Based on actual events, “Open Verdict” attempts to unwrap the many mysteries surrounding the MacLennan case. Ken carefully details all case notes with readers, calling attention to the locked flat, the five bullet wounds and the gun with no fingerprints. Perhaps his most glaring piece of evidence is that MacLennan was a suspected homosexual, which was a crime in Hong Kong at the time.

As the news of MacLennan’s death spreads, Aileen causes an uproar on her talk show as she suspects foul play and calls for further investigation. MacLennan’s relative, private detective John Conway, is called in from London to investigate. Soon Aileen and Conway find themselves targets as a thrilling plot unfolds, threatening all parties to keep quiet or else face the consequences.

“The reader becomes a member of the jury and should bring in a verdict,” says Ken.

Open Verdict
By Ken Bridgewater
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 338 pages | ISBN 9781490702773
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 338 pages | ISBN 9781490702766
E-Book | 338 pages | ISBN 9781490702780
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Ken Bridgewater moved to Hong Kong with his wife, Aileen, in the 1970s to work for the government as an engineer. He has written five books, four of which have been best sellers. His titles include “Talk of Hong Kong,” “The Integrated Health Bible,” “The Ultimate Back Book,” “The Nutrition Bible” and “The Neck Connection.”

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC, author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. Trafford Singapore provides Singaporean writers the opportunity to join the ranks of the world’s published authors through a company dedicated to their unique needs. For more information about Trafford Singapore, or to publish your book today, call 1-800-101-2656 or visit

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