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. 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?
Meet the author
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.
‘VENGEANCE’ 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’m pleased to introduce a Q&A with the author, Roger A. Price. If you have ever wondered what the process of Publication Day is like for an author, here’s the skinny:
So, your book is being published in paperback!
How do you spend publication day eve and the actual day?
With being published digitally first, there is no real fanfare, as such beforehand, and when the paperback comes out three or four weeks later, although this gives you chance for a second launch, the book is already out there. That all said, I think more and more authors are starting to concentrate on the virtual launch as opposed to the traditional physical ones. Unless you are very, very famous of course; though I did read recently that Jeffrey Archer was one who was now concentrating more on the digital side.
Who do you spend the day with?
Usually alone as release days are usually a working day and everyone is at work.
What do you spend the day doing?
Concentrating in getting the word out there via social media and the various online groups of which I am a member, and sending a newsletter out to my mailing list of readers who have signed up.
Is publication day one the same as publication day two? And so on?
The first will always hold an extra special place in my heart, but that is not to say I don’t feel excited on each and every publication day, as I do. It’s a little surreal in some ways that the long-awaited day has actually arrived.
Do you have any rituals?
I’d like to say that I hop on one leg or around and around a maypole semi-naked, but nothing that interesting in reality. You just hope and pray that folk like the book.
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Vengeance was published in digital form by Endeavour Press on 27 February and will be out in paperback shortly.
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