I am so pleased to be one of two stops today on the blog tour for Vengeance by Roger A. Price. I have a short extract to share with you, but first things first. Here’s what the book is about.
The Official Book Blurb
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.
Quintel heard a car’s engine about the same time as he saw its headlights – weak in the twilight – as they struggled to stretch down the drive. A silver BMW 6-series crackled along the gravel road and pulled up in the turn-around, with its back to Quintel. Game on. The engine was cut and the lights were turned off. Quintel could see the back of the driver’s head, and it looked like Reedly – greying hair around a tanned bald spot. The rest of the car looked empty.
Seconds passed, and Reedly hadn’t moved. What was he doing? He’d soon find out if his hunches were right, or whether it was just paranoia. It was too easy to get over-distrustful in his line of work; he’d never met a decent villain who didn’t suffer from it at some time or another.
Then Quintel heard a dull crack coming from in front of the motor. Not the sound of a suppressed round, but the noise a reinforced windscreen makes when submitting to one. He saw the back of Reedly’s head slump forward, and Quintel let go of his breath. He could now see the shattered windscreen, and then he saw Charlie approach from side-on, from beyond the trees on the other side of the road, rifle slung over his shoulder. He watched as the man dressed in black leaned into the BMW and started to manhandle Reedly’s body from the driver’s seat. He watched Charlie as he dragged the cadaver out onto the path, and then beyond the tree-line and out of sight. Quintel knew what would happen next and didn’t need to wait around. He’d leave Charlie to finish off and clean the scene, he’d see him later. It looked as if he’d been wrong about Charlie; it had been a clean, no-nonsense job, nicely done. No, he’d seen what he’d come to watch; the slaying of Jim Reedly. Time to make himself scarce while Charlie busied himself in the opposite wood.
Well, I don’t know about the rest of you but that sure got me intrigued. Who the heck hired Quintel and what did Jim Reedly do to deserve the target on his back? Well I guess we’re going to have to read to find out aren’t we?
About 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.
‘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.
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My thanks to Emma Mitchell at EDM Editorial & Publicity Services for inviting me to join the tour. Why not drop in on one of the other blogs taking part for more features and reviews.