Welcome to my stop on the Vengeance blog tour, I have an extract from the book and there is a giveaway for you to enter, but first here is what it’s about…
Jack Quintel is a hit man. When a job comes in to kill the Deputy Chief Constable of the Greater Manchester Police Jim Reedly, he contracts it out to a new guy, Charlie Parker. Watching in the shadows, Quintel sees Parker shoot out Reedly’s windscreen, then drag him into the woods and thinks the job’s been done. But when Parker tries to pass off a pig’s heart as Reedly’s, things start to go very wrong. Jack’s right hand man Jason kills Charlie, who it turns out is an undercover police officer.
Detective Vinnie Palmer is with the Preston police. He was called in when they received the information about the impending hit. Now he has to figure out how to clean up the mess. And he wants whoever killed Parker bad. He finds the man who put Parker in touch with Quintel, a low life hood named Dempter, living in an estate in Preston. He doesn’t know much, but motivated by money, agrees to be an informant for the police.
Christine Jones is a TV reporter. She and Vinnie had worked together before, chasing a serial killer. They meet again at the warehouse where Charlie was killed, and realise their relationship could be more than professional. But first, Christine wants to know what’s happening. Vinnie agrees to keep her in the loop.
Meanwhile, Christine is working on a documentary about positive discrimination against non-Catholic officers in Northern Ireland since the peace process. She makes contact with a former police officer in Northern Belfast named Paul Bury, who feeds her some of the information she needs.
Meanwhile, as the bodies start to pile up in Preston, there’s another attempt on Reedly’s life, when a grenade is thrown at him at his brother in law’s funeral. As Vinnie fights to keep Reedly alive, suddenly Christine’s life is in danger. And they both start to wonder if the contract against Reedly has anything to do with her documentary on Northern Ireland. But how could it?
Filled with twists and turns and gritty detail, this is must read for crime fans everywhere.
Jason spoke first. ‘You park where I told you?’
‘Yes, where there is no CCTV, I’m not an idiot.’
‘Just doing my job.’
Charlie stopped in front of the desk, and looked at the briefcase as he spoke. ‘Is that what I think it is, Mr Quintel?’
Quintel nodded, and then dipped his brow towards the carrier bag. ‘Is that what I think that is?’
‘Now, let me see yours first,’ Quintel said, and then watched as Charlie reached into the carrier bag and pulled out a small translucent plastic bag. He briefly held it up in front of him as he faced Quintel, before quickly putting it back inside the carrier bag. ‘Not so fast, Charlie, I want to savour the moment.’
‘Look, Mr Quintel, you’ve seen it and I’ve got to get going to make sure I’m where my alibi says I am, and in any event, it’s grossing me out.’
Quintel produced a white cardboard plate from the desk drawer and placed it on the empty desk top.
‘Planning a picnic?’ Charlie asked.
‘I want you to empty that bag onto the plate, before you take the briefcase. No offence Charlie, but we’ve not worked together before and the last man who tried to pass me off with a leg of lamb is now keeping the bottom-feeders in the Irish Sea happy.’
‘None taken,’ Charlie said as he pulled the dull plastic bag out again and emptied its contents onto the plate. ‘Voila,’ he said as a bloodied heart plopped onto the platter.
Quintel stared at the grisly item, and after a few seconds Charlie reached forward towards the plate.
‘Not so fast, Charlie,’ Quintel said, adding, ‘Jason, grab him.’
Jason jumped behind Charlie and before he’d any time to react, had bear-hugged him and kicked his legs from under him. Charlie went down with a thud. Quintel was always impressed with the big man’s agility.
Jason quickly searched Charlie, who was now face down on the floor and starting to remonstrate.
‘Clean,’ Jason said, as he stood up with his right boot on the back of Charlie’s neck.
‘Cuff him, and stand him up.’
Seconds later Charlie was back on his feet with his hands plasti-cuffed behind his back, with Jason stood slightly behind him.
‘What the hell do you think you are doing, Quintel?’
‘I could ask you the same, Charlie.’
‘Look man, I don’t know what your problem is, but I killed the man, as directed, and there’s his bleeding heart – no pun intended.’
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My name is Roger A. Price a crime fighter turned crime writer. I used to right the wrongs but now I write the wrongs. Ok, enough with the puns, but I do love language and playing with it, I guess all writers do.
I spent over thirty years in the police retiring as a detective inspector in charge of a covert undercover drugs unit which achieved national acclaim. I served on various units and squads and saw service across the UK, Europe and beyond. I can’t write about those events but I can base my crime fiction writing from my many experiences of them. Some of which were good, some not so good.
My first two novels are in the ‘Burrows and Lee’ series; ‘By Their Rules’ and ‘A New Menace’ and chart the adventures of Jane Lee and John Burrows in their work for the secretive ‘Special Projects Unit’ where they take on the bad guys with no rules of engagement.
‘NEMESIS’ is the first in the new ‘Badge and the Pen’ series which follows the fortunes of detective inspector Vinnie Palmer who finds an unlikely ally in TV news reporter Christine Jones, as they chase common threats but from very different agendas. This book was an Amazon Bestseller for a while in Canada and Australia and has received rave reviews in the UK.
‘VENNGEANCE’ is the second outing for Vinnie and Christine in the ‘Badge and the Pen’ series where they both face the most unlikely of threats, as they race to save lives.
I have also had a couple of short stories published and am trying to write for TV whilst currently also working on my next Badge and the Pen novel.