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New Novel In Progress

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New Novel In Progress

Below is an excerpt from one of the new novels I am working on, chapter 8, scene 2.

“We want this guy as much if not more than you do.”


“He has been implicated in various violent crimes, drug running, extortion etc. You name it and he has probably done it.”

“What I propose is for you to return home and let him come to you. We can put officers in your neighbours houses. You sit tight in your home. Or at least that’s what he will think you are doing. We have a WPC who has similar build as yourself plus her hair is the same colour and length as yours. When she arrives at your home we will let it out on the grapevine that you are back.”

“We can also offer you protection by the means of providing you with a new identity and relocation of you and your sons to another area.”

“Do I get to choose where I move to?”

“Of course.”

“So what will happen to the policewoman? I mean she could get hurt.”

“WPC Haley Dodd is a very capable woman, so do not concern yourself there. The moment Grady breaks into your home we move in and arrest him for home invasion with intent to do harm. That gets him off the streets while your case comes to court.”

“What about bail? He will come for us as soon as he is out on bail, won’t he?

“The first thing we need to do is for you to collect your kids and let us place you in protective custody. I have already convinced DCI Higgins that it will be worth the cost of the man-hours involved in such an operation.”

“WPC Dodd will drive your car of course.”

“So you are telling me that my children and I need to be virtually imprisoned for this to work,” stated Kathleen.

“Better to do this than have him or his thugs get to you.”

Kathleen sat in silence for a while and then said, “I need to think about this. I can not make a decision like this immediately.”

Bill handed her his card, “Call me when you decide. But please do not do anything rash.”

Kathleen took the outstretched card, “Am I free to go now?”

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The Widows Blade Excerpt

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The Widows Blade Excerpt

This is a work in progress titled, The Widows Blade.

It was only three months after their second son, who they named Matthew, was born that Kathleen’s husband was given a tour of duty in Afghanistan. The tour was to last twelve months. Kathleen was devastated. She was now to be on her own with the two boys for an entire year. She had been aware that this could happen but never in a million years thought that it actually would.

Somehow, though, she managed to get into a routine of getting Ben to school, Matt to Child Care, do her own job as a teacher, collect both children from the after school care facility and cook, clean and maintain a decent household. She really did not have any time to worry about her husband, But she was overjoyed when his tour of duty was finished and he was back home where he belonged. She was now guaranteed to have him by her side for a year, possibly, hopefully, more.

Kathleen’s husband was given a second, and then a third tour of duty in Afghanistan. They both knew that no-one ever did more than three tours and were even slightly pleased with this last posting because that would nearly take Matthew to the end of his ten-year contract. She and the children all waved goodbye to him happy in the knowledge that this would be his last time away from home.

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The Widows Blade Chapter Two Scene 2

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The Widows Blade Chapter Two Scene 2

A few days had passed since the boys had been at ‘the site’ but Ben was determined to go back. “Mum will skin us if she finds out that we went back to the site, Ben.”

“Do not worry, she will never know. It is our secret, OK?”

“I guess.”

“Let’s go then.”

The boys kicked the ball around for a bit in the factory yard, but their curiosity got the better of them and the ventured back inside the derelict building.

“It stinks in here,” said Ben.

They wandered over to the far left of the warehouse and found an office cubicle that still had a couple of desks and chairs plus two cupboards. They started opening the doors and drawers looking for nothing in particular.

After five or so minutes of rummaging, Ben said, “Let’s go. We can have a look through the rest of it. We might find something.”

“Like what?” asked Ben.

“I do not know. Just something. Anything that might be worth having. No-one else wants what is here, do they?”

Matt shrugged his shoulders in agreement and they wandered off down the far wall towards the other end of the factory. There was a fair bit of light coming through the windows today so it was not too gloomy.

Matt caught Bens arm, “What is that over there?”

“Dunno. Let’s go see.”

As the two boys approached the form on the floor ahead of them, the foul smell grew in intensity and they began to hear a buzzing noise which got more intense the closer they got. The small was really bad now and it made Matt and Ben gag a bit. As the took a few more steps, they realized that the buzzing was from flies and the stench was from the shape that was, in fact, that of the body of a man.

Unable to tear their eyes away, they saw flies covering the dried blood that was all over the man. Then they saw his face. It seemed at first to move a little. Then they realized that it was covered in a writhing mass of maggots.

They both threw up simultaneously and ran for their lives.