First a shooting, then a grisly discovery on the common....
Police partners, D.I. Calladine and D.S. Ruth Bayliss race against time to track down a killer before the whole area erupts in violence. Their boss thinks it's all down to drug lord Ray Fallon, but Calladine's instincts say something far nastier is happening on the Hobfield housing estate. Can this duo track down the murderer before anyone else dies and before the press publicise the gruesome crimes?
Detectives Calladine and Bayliss are led on a trail which gets dangerously close to home. In a thrilling finale they race against time to rescue someone very close to Calladine's heart. If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.
Dead Wrong is the first in a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.S. Ruth Bayliss and D.I. Tom Calladine. Tom Calladine is a single, 51-year-old detective inspector who is devoted to his job. His personal life, however, is not so successful.
Having been married and divorced before the age of 21 has set a pattern that he finds difficult to escape. Ruth Bayliss is in her mid-30s, plain-speaking but loyal. She wishes she had more time for the gym and a love life. She uses her demanding workload as an excuse not to try too hard with the men she meets. The series is set in the fictional village of Leesdon on the outskirts of an industrial northern English city. There is little work and a lot of crime.
The bane of Calladine's life is the Hobfield housing estate, breeding ground to all that is wrong with the area that he calls home.
"An edge of your seat detective thriller which had me completely enthralled. Calladine and Bayliss are fascinating police partners. The end was both surprising and uplifting." (Beth Boyd)
"A must-read new police procedural that will have you gripped. The characters, setting, and plot are detailed and believable. Can’t wait for the next one." (Sarah Stevens)
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Not for Mark Billingham fans
Not describe women as either "struggling with her weight" or a "stunner", and write grammatical English (a person is sitting, not sat).
An excellent job of bringing banal characters to life.
The storyline is obvious, the characters generic, and the writing is extremely poor.
- D. Ross