Critical Murder

Pneuma Springs Publishing
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A dirty bomb explodes amidst an anti-war protest in North London. Severe injuries, caused by toxic fumes from a uranic compound used in the bomb, put Britain's security services on high alert. Tara Drake is an attractive highly trained agent. She is promoted into a special unit of MI5's anti-terrorist branch. When suspicion falls on an extremist group called The Amama, Drake is assigned the job of helping her colleagues track down the mastermind behind the attack. Over 200 miles away in Cumbria, DI Dave Perry finally escapes his lethargy when a call takes him to a grisly crime scene in Glenmar Forest. The bizarre, brutal murder of a nuclear plant worker has no obvious motive. The only clue - writing on the soles of the victim's feet - steers Perry's investigation in two directions. Criticised by his superior, Perry follows his intuition in a desperate search for answers. As more tragic events unfold, Perry is forced into a confrontation against a formidable foe and his fight for survival is played out to its shattering climax. Book reviews online: PublishedBestsellers website.
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About the author

Peter Hodgson was born in October 1955 in the Lancashire City of Preston. He was educated at Ashton High School and after leaving he studied at W R Tuson College and later Poulton Teacher Training College. In the 1970s he obtained a job as an energy analyst for a major nuclear establishment in the North-West of England. During his school years he became engrossed in crime fiction and true-life crime - an interest that developed from reading Sherlock Holmes stories. He started writing at an early age and is now the proud author of a crime thriller and non-fiction book about the infamous Jack the Ripper, both published by Pneuma Springs. Peter is currently working on a crime thriller - a harrowing account of one man's search for a forensically aware serial killer. (The author is available for telephone interviews during evenings Monday to Thursday.)
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Publisher
Pneuma Springs Publishing
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Published on
Nov 30, 2009
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Pages
205
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ISBN
9781905809790
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
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