Falling More Slowly: Introducing Detective Inspector Liam McLuskyby Peter Helton
McLusky must figure out who the killer
DI Liam McLusky, freshly transferred from Southampton to Bristol and just recovered from an injury in the line of duty, has no time to settle in before catching a major case. Everyday objects that have been transformed into explosive devices are being left across Bristol, maiming or killing those who pick them up.
McLusky must figure out who the killer is, while navigating the fraught internal politics of his new post. Meanwhile, an ex-partner moves into the city to study—and keep tabs on him.
Would you recognize a bomb if you saw one?
DI Liam McLusky's first day with Bristol CID starts badly. He wrecks a police car trying to settle a domestic squabble, earning the enmity of Supt. Denkhaus. Then he's given the unenviable task of sorting out who exploded a bomb under a park bench. Was it a one-off prank by kids? Unfortunately, other bombs follow, encased in everyday objects like a lady's compact, a can of lager, a pen, a champagne bottle and a chocolate Easter egg. These innocent-looking objects maim and kill the unwary citizens who pick them up. McLusky's car is targeted, too, ending his genial but tepid romance with a barmaid. While he plods on with the bombings, his station mates, who like him go a tad beyond legal niceties, manage to seize the mastermind and several of the underlings behind a spate of robberies with violence. Their success with the bomber is less complete. Even once they finally succeed in running him to the ground, there's no way of telling how many of his deadly emissaries are left to waylay the citizens of Bristol.
Helton (Rainstone Fall, 2008, etc.) provides a solid police procedural and an engrossing introduction to DI McLusky to boot.
Meet the Author
Peter Helton was born in Germany but moved to London in 1982, working as a translator for film and TV before relocating to the West Country. He completed a Fine Arts degree at UWE and has exhibited in London, Cornwall and Bath. At present he divides his time between his painting studio and writing in his cottage near Bath, which he shares with his cat Asbo.
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