We’ve got THREE ebook copies of this ‘dark, gritty and twisted police procedural’ to give away. Dark Game introduces DI Kelly Porter, ‘a strong and plausible lead’ who takes on a ‘gruesome, stomach churning’ investigation which is ‘fast paced and full of surprises.’ Read on for an exclusive extract…
This accomplished debut novel from Rachel Lynch sees DI Porter return home to the Lake District after scandal forced her out of the Met. Joining the Cumbrian constabulary she picks up an old, cold case which shocked the local community; the abduction and brutal murder of a ten-year-old girl. Meanwhile, Kelly also investigates two seemingly straightforward crimes: one involving an illegal immigrant, and a robbery following the death of a local businessman.
As she digs into the details, Kelly discovers evidence of criminal activity far darker than she’d imagined. Behind the veneer of sleepy, touristy towns lies a dark and dangerous underworld. As Kelly threatens to expose those with much to lose, she risks paying the ultimate price to get to the truth…
To help you get acquainted with Kelly Porter, here’s an exclusive extract from Dark Game. At the regular CID briefing, Kelly starts putting out feelers about her cold case. Read on to discover what she’s got to go on:
‘I’ve also got the Lottie Davis cold case that’s been reopened, and I’d appreciate anything you guys remember about it,’ she concluded.
A heaviness settled on the room and a few officers bowed their heads. Ten-year-old Lottie Davis had gone missing from Haweswater five years ago. The family had been on a walk to spot golden eagles nesting there – the only ones in England. Haweswater was a dramatically isolated landscape of fells, bogs and heathland surrounding the lake itself, and the family hadn’t sensed any danger. Her disappearance had led to one of the biggest public searches in UK history, with five hundred volunteers picking over the surrounding area, but they’d found nothing. The story had captured the hearts of the nation, keeping people glued to their TVs.
‘I note here that the dad was a suspect for a while, but I thought he was out walking with them.’
‘He was,’ said Park. ‘I wasn’t on the case, but I gather it was more to do with his attempt to omit certain details that stalled the subsequent inquiry.’
‘A lot of time was spent building a case against the father, but reading the file, the paedophile angle looks more promising. I’m looking into that, especially the ring in Liverpool: the Harry Chase lead,’ said Kelly.
Park nodded. ‘Take your time and get stuck in. The fact that the case remains unsolved after five years has frustrated everyone. Especially the mother, of course. She still lives in Ambleside. Merseyside are always helpful; they’ll tell you everything you need to know about Chase. Wasn’t there some con in prison bragging about it?’
‘Yes, it says in the file that during searches for known, active and incarcerated paedophiles, they came across a prisoner in Strangeways who worked for Chase. He allegedly claimed that Lottie had been stolen “to order”. The trail went dead, although Chase did serve two years of a four-year sentence for possession of indecent images. He was inside at the time of Lottie’s disappearance, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t arrange it.’
‘Wasn’t the senior investigating officer at the time DCI Thomas?’ Park asked.
‘Yes, I’ve spoken to him. He’s retired. That was his last case: not a great way to end a career.’
If that’s whetted your appetite – great! We’ve got three ebook editions of Dark Game to give away this week, in our exclusive competition. To enter, just hop over to Facebook and like / share / comment on the Dark Game giveaway post (or if you don’t do Facebook, you can send your entry by email).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rachel Lynch grew up in Cumbria, so the lakes and fells are never far from her. She married an army officer, travelled around the world for 13 years, started a family and developed a career in sports therapy. Writing has always been the overwhelming force driving her future. The human capacity for compassion as well as its descent into the brutal and murky world of crime are fundamental to her work.
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SMALL PRINT: we have three ebook editions of Dark Game by Rachel Lynch to give away. Just hop over to Facebook and like / share / comment on the Dark Game giveaway post (or if you don’t do Facebook, you can send your entry by email).
Competition open worldwide. Closing date for entries is midnight GMT 9th February 2018. Winners will be selected at random from all entries. Prizes will be awarded as mobi or other e-reader files. Runner-up prizes may be offered. No alternative prizes available
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