A Sneak Preview of Before The Storm

Northodox Press have allowed me to give subscribers to my blog a preview of my latest novel. So in the days running up to launch date on the 18th of May I will be posting the first three chapters here. The first two are quite short, the third quite a bit longer. You can use the Pre order link to make sure you are the first to get the book.

Chapter 1

DI Cooper

12.10am, Friday, June 24th, 2016

Swirling, flashing, blue and red lights lit up the empty streets
as the ambulance raced. No siren blared, but lights screamed
through the darkness, waking neighbours in quiet dread as the
engine roared through to the end of the estate, the end of the
street and the end of a life.
‘Junkie, Sir. But you said to let you know.’
‘For Christ’s sake, I had to get out of bed for him? What did
the paramedics say?’
‘Not much, but syringes in the living room, marks in his arm
and his heart had stopped. Body cold, grey skin, blue lips. If
Dulux did junkie it’d be this colour.’
DI Cooper shivered. ‘Cold is right,’ he said, walking through
the disorder. Chaos was normal for an overdose. He came down the carpeted stairs and gave his instructions. ‘Tape up the door to keep the rats out. There’s plenty of crime here, but not the overdose. The Coroner will write it up as
accidental. The paramedics can take it to the Royal to join the queue for the pathologist.’
‘Can you sign off on it?’
He scribbled his signature on the waiting paperwork, then walked toward the front door, but something about the quiet, empty house made him stop.
‘Who called us?’
‘Paramedics, dead on arrival.’
‘Who called them?’
‘Don’t know, Sir.’
Lights enlivened the chill night air as the ambulance filled the road outside. There would be an audience for the removal; neighbours in dressing gowns and behind curtains watching the living drama. Better than the TV, he thought. He pulled away in his unmarked service car, heading away from the estate. A warm
bed in his clean, organised flat awaited. He left death behind.

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About Me

Thanks for visiting my page. The aim of this page is to let you know what I am working on and allow you to tell me what you think.

I was born and raised in Speke Liverpool, although my parents first lived ‘Under The Bridge’ in Garston, and all my family goes back to Wicklow in Ireland.

The Liverpool Mystery series will be four novels, three books; Under The Bridge, The Morning After, and Fire Next Time are finished. Under The Bridge will be published in Feb 2021 and I hope at least one more will follow later in the year. I am writing The Wicklow Boys now, and I hope to finish it next year.

My writing like my blog is about the lives of working people and how they relate to society as a whole.

My collection of short stories The One Road is available below click to see details.

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