Today it’s my great pleasure to feature a guest post from Paul Harrison, author of Revenge of the Malakim, published in February 2017 by Williams and Whiting. Before that though, here is what Paul’s book is all about.
The Official Book Blurb
It’s high summer and the streets of Bridlington East Yorkshire are awash with tourists. A serial killer is on the loose. DCI Will Scott and his team embark upon a fast paced investigation to catch a killer with a unique agenda.
As the body count rises the killer randomly moves location and the police are unwittingly drawn into a dark and sinister world where cover-ups and corruption reigns. A place where no one can truly be trusted and nothing is ever what it seems.
Now I’ll hand over to Paul, who shares with us a spotlight on the main characters from his story.
Revenge of the Malakim
When I made the move from writing true crime, to crime novels, I did so because I was continually being told, I had a natural ability at telling stories. At the time, writing true crime (I’ve had over thirty non fiction books published) had become something of a chore, than a pleasure. So turning to crime fiction seemed a natural progression. It was always something I’d planned, but never had time to do.
Once I had come up with a realistic plot, I began to write my first crime novel Revenge of the Malakim (Williams & Whiting). From the outset, I wanted believable characters that were normal and with genuine personalities. Having served in the police force as a detective, I knew how the police operated internally, and at crime scenes and during investigations. I also had insider knowledge of the criminal justice system, so, I was well placed to write a novel using those experiences.
DCI Will Scott. My lead protagonist He’s a northern lad through and through and extremely proud of it. Born and bred in Bridlington, in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Will has much police experience behind him. He’s served in most of the police areas covering the fictional Eastborough police region. As well as this, he spent several years with the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS – now the National Crime Agency). He’s recognised as an authority at national level for his work in intelligence. Will’s a good guy, married with two children, his only vice is his passion for Leeds United AFC.
DI Daisy Wright is Will’s sidekick. Born and bred in Rothwell, Northamptonshire. Daisy, is single, and extremely focused on her career. She has a strong personality and a wealth of police experience to boot. She first met Will while on secondment to NCIS. Later, she transferred to Eastborough CID, from Northamptonshire Police on promotion. Both Will, and Daisy, were promoted simultaneously as a result of their work on a case of national
interest. I can’t say too much more, but readers can learn more by reading Revenge of the Malakim.
Felicity Harvey. The secretary to the Secretary of State, Felicity is a character in her own right. A strong powerful woman who knows her own mind, she doesn’t suffer fools gladly. Felicity is a straight talker northerner hailing from Lancashire. Single and content, she can’t stand indecision, sycophants or weak willed people. She yields a great deal of power across the entire criminal justice system, and is heavily involved with MI5. When Felicity Harvey speaks, she expects everyone to listen.
Mark Daniel. Eastborough Forensic Team Manager. Mark is an intelligent and down to earth scientist, with a wicked sense of humour. He tends to put matters in perspective, and talks to detectives in laymans terms. He’s vastly experienced and understands the pressures placed on the police to build a prosecution case that is solid evidence wise, and fact filled. Because he works with Will and his team so often, there’s good rapport between across the team. Mark does have a serious side to him and uses this to deliver the highest level of service to Eastborough police.
Thanks to Paul for sharing this insight into his characters with us. Revenge of the Malakim was published on 13th February 2017 and is available to purchase from the following retailers.