DETECTIVE JOE HOGARTH IS CALLED IN WHEN A BODY IS FOUND BENEATH THE PIER. THE BODY BELONGS TO A DEADBEAT ACTOR STARRING IN A LOW BUDGET FILM. FIRST IMPRESSIONS SUGGEST ACCIDENTAL DEATH… BUT HOGARTH LEARNS THE MAN HAD PLENTY OF REASONS TO LIVE. AND THE BODY UNDER THE PIER ISN’T THE ONLY MYSTERY IN TOWN. HOGARTH MUST BATTLE HIS DEMONS – TEMPTATION IS SET TO STRIKE AGAIN…
A ruthless youth gang terrorises a local housing estate. They rule through absolute fear. But a stranger is watching. And tonight, that stranger has had enough. Meet Simon, the Man in the Mask, the dark star of thrilling short read series BLACK & GOLD.
This boxed set edition comprises the first three ripping yarns of the Black and Gold vigilante justice series..
Within two weeks we will be releasing the latest instalment of Long Time Dying – book 7 – Better The Devil -which sees Dan missing and Eva reeling just in time for a deadly enemy from the past to return… for help … or could it be revenge? Only Maggie Gillespie knows for sure.
Straight up before that is the newly edited, reloaded and triple-barrelled Long Time Dying box set – books 1 to 3 available together in one for the first time.
The set will be available on all platforms, and there will be a special launch promotion – at a price everyone likes – coming very soon. So keep ’em peeled.
For the exact date of book 7, stay tuned by joining the readers group by using the form on the home page of this site. You will also get access to Out Of The Traps, the LTD short, which is only available through this website.
Will Burton held the gangling frame of his teenage son’s body so tight that his hands shook. His pride and joy, his future… All these years he’d been working to provide his son with a legacy, an inheritance, a name and a face to be proud of… but as he knelt in the electric light holding his son’s limp body, he could think of nothing else but his fading legacy. His son, Jerry was far more athletic than Will Burton had ever been. The body was heavy but he wasn’t letting go. The boy’s eyes were open but rolled back, exposing only the whites. Blood seeped from an inch wide gashimmediately beneath the hairline on his son’s pale face and pooled on the tiles. The blood was a glistening black slick, pulsing over his closed eyes, his nose and lips.
Will remembered Jerry helping on the campaign trail, following his father’s political speeches and watching the television interviews on the local news. Jerry had even started showing up at his press conferences. They had never been close in the last few years, but the election battle had changed things. Yes, the boy was becoming far more like him. Will foresaw the potential for a Burton dynasty. Far-fetched, maybe a fantasy even. After all, he hadn’t been elected yet. The by-election was set to contest the provincial seat of Southend East after the sitting Conservative MP quit Parliament citing ‘family reasons’ sparking a by-election. Family reasons? No. The man dropped his trousers on and posted photographs on Twitter and the images made the national tabloids. In autumn 2014, anything was possible. Politics was a strange territory. This was the time of the Right. The Middle East Jihadists stoked nationalist debate with their machete wielding decapitations posted on the internet. The Scots roused all kinds of questions about nationhood among the English with their referendum on leaving the United Kingdom. The country seethed with ill-feeling and suspicion everywhere towards men and women with dark skin or foreign tongues. The press emphasised a theme: money was tight, and foreigners were soaking it up in excess. The opinion polls had Burton a clear winner. Even the national red-top newspapers said the election was a done deal, with Burton set to be the first ever Member of Parliament for UKFirst. And once the people listened to what Burton had to say, it was only a matter of time until the second, third and fourth UKFirst candidates got elected. Yes, government beckoned and Will Burton was going to be the triumphant pioneer. Burton was media savvy, and everyone knew it. He was slick. The country had taken its fill of namby-pamby do-gooder politicians contentto draw a wage while they let the place go to rack and ruin. This era was ready made for UKFirst. The nation needed UKFirst. Now was the era of patriotism, the Union Jack, and send ’em back. This was Burton’s destiny, scary, and beautiful and perfect… Was. Until this stark and terrible moment, with blood leaking from his son’s head, and the terror he had brought this upon his own family. The anarchists. The left wingers, the trashy leftists who hid behind balaclavas and threw rocks through McDonalds windows… this was their kind of act. The bastards. They would try to ruin him, try to destroy Will Burton and UKFirst before the party even got started on their democratic revolution. Unmanly tears poured down Will Burton’s face. He struggled to breathe, like he was stuck in a bad dream. Will Burton put his fingers into the mess of blood, around the split on his son’s head and pinched the flesh back together, yet the blood flow would not cease…
In Divide and Rule Eva and Dan are hired to protect the son of a slick politician as the far right rise up to try and claim political power…
Long Time Dying Book 6, Divide and Rule. It’s topical, by coincidence. What if a right wing party started getting big votes? What if they started getting MPs into Westminster? What if the people behind that party were waiting to reveal their true hand once they had enough clout to be established? Meet Burton and Serge, as private detectives Eva and Dan come up against the full spectrum of the far right in Essex… all is not what it seems with their newest clients, meanwhile Dan is losing the plot…
So we are bang in the middle of the series launch. Out With a Bang exploded. In spite of initial editing troubles, I still receive regular emails and feedback telling me what a great read it is. One Mile Deep took the action to a new crescendo, and with Long Time Dying, LTD 3, we entered the start of a dark twisting story which leads to a heart pounding climax. In this series, the deeper you go, the worse it gets for Eva, Dan and now Jess.
The next thrilling instalment in the series is due out this week.
Batten down the hatches and get ready for some thrills and spills from the heart of this deep and dark tale.
And more is on the way… I am currently working on Long Time Dying 6. I’d love you to join me there.