Today I have an excerpt from Death Rains Down by Kevin McManus.
Death Rains Down
Introducing Detective Ray Logue. A renegade, hard living & damaged cop. Full of Irish charm & the best detective in Port Ard.
Detective Ray Logue has become something of a maverick in Jim Mulcahy’s police department, having never quite got over the death of his wife 12 years earlier.
Now a hard-drinking loner and occasional loose cannon, Logue is a thorn in Mulcahy’s side, who occasionally crosses the fine line of taking the law into his own hands to see justice served.
As the body count starts to rise, Logue suspects he may have stumbled into a dangerous web of lies and cover-ups, stretching from his own department all the way to the very top of the political spectrum.
From the law-enforcers to the law-makers, from respectable businessmen to Russian mobsters – a sinister hand is exercising an iron grip across the whole social order and it will destroy anyone who dares get in its way.
Afterwards, Logue returned to the Garda station he was based at, on Humbert road. He reported to the Chief Superintendent, Jim Mulcahy, to update him on the morning events. After getting a takeaway tea and a bacon sandwich from the café next door he rang McGarry.
“Well McGarry, how are things now out in sunny Bay View?”
“No big developments here. The forensic team have arrived and are working away inside the house. The pathologist is meant to be here in an hour or so.”
“Any luck talking to the neighbours? Did they see anything?”
“Not much, apart from sightings of a Dublin reg, black Audi A4 driving through the estate around two o’clock last Saturday afternoon,” McGarry replied. “How did you get on?”
“Nothing really, found that Anna was meant to meet a client for a viewing out there last Saturday afternoon, a Mr Greene. I also was told by a girl in the estate agents where Anna worked that she lived with a boyfriend called Dominik in Oak Crescent. I haven’t been able to trace him yet though. Anna also has a sister living in Dublin. We will have to locate her to get her to identify the body,” Logue said.
“Maybe if we could get into her apartment we could get some addresses.”
“Yea, by the way, did Anna’s Pawalowski’s mobile phone ever show up around the crime scene?” Logue asked.
“Nope, no sign of one and we couldn’t find her apartment keys either. I better go. It looks like TV reporters have turned up. Fucking brilliant,” McGarry replied.
“Comb your hair McGarry, you scruff, you’re going to be on TV tonight.” Logue laughed as he put down the phone.
Kevin McManus is an Irish author. He primarily writes Crime Fiction novels but also delves into writing poetry and short stories. He lives in County Leitrim in Western Ireland with his wife Mary and their dog Jack. He works by day as a secondary school teacher. Kevin has produced a series of novels featuring an Irish Detective called Ray Logue and a series based around a New York Detective called John Morrigan. His debut novel published in 2016 was “The Whole of the Moon”. In a previous incarnation, Kevin was a bass guitarist in several rock bands for over twenty year. Kevin is a supporter of Aston Villa FC which has caused him to age prematurely.