DS Dave Slater is not a happy man. Caught in a tug-of-war between the Serious Crime Unit, who have blamed him for their latest fiasco, and his boss DCI Bob Murray who’s fighting to save Slater’s career, he’s had enough of sitting at home twiddling his thumbs. Then Bob Murray is handed a case that needs to be investigated discreetly without too many others knowing what’s going on. Who better to investigate such a case than an officer who’s supposedly suspended? However, at first glance, Slater is not impressed with the idea of re-investigating an old missing person case. But when an unexpected visitor tells Slater he just might find the very people who’ve put him in his current situation are also involved in his missing person case, he begins to feel that maybe he should take a closer look. Then, when someone tried to push him under a London bus, he knows for sure he’s onto something big! Working with new partner Norman Norman, another SCU scapegoat, they soon find their missing person isn’t quite the dull, boring person they first thought she was, and pretty soon they begin to unravel a tangled web of corruption, blackmail, deception, and ultimately a very clever murder. But with suspects seeming to come to their attention at every turn, can Slater and Norman work out who really is the killer!
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Having spent most of his life trying to be what everyone else wanted him to be, P.F. (Peter) Ford was a late starter when it came to writing. He had tried writing a novel many years ago (before the advent of self-publishing), only to be turned down by every publisher he approached. It was very much a case of being told by those around him, ‘now you know you can’t write, so get back to work!’ Even at an early age, Peter felt very much like the proverbial square peg being forced into a round hole. This resulted in the creation of a Grammar School drop-out who then drifted through a succession of unfulfilling jobs, finally ending up in a totally unsuitable role which eventually sapped his energy and self-confidence. There followed a brief foray into self-employment (not a good idea for someone lacking in self-confidence!) which ended in total financial melt-down, a mountain of debt, and a lapse into depression. Faced with the fact that he’d never be happy as he was, Peter finally decided he had no intention of continuing that way, and things just had to change. This was achieved by closing the door on his old life and starting over. Fast forward a few years and you find a man transformed, his newly found positive attitude enabling him to find new partner (now wife), Mary, who shares his belief that dreamers should be encouraged and not denied. He first wrote, (under the name Peter Ford), and self-published , several short books about the life changing benefits of positive thinking. Now, completely free of the hindrance of worrying about what other people think, he’s blissfully happy writing the D.S. Dave Slater mystery novels and what he calls the ‘digital fiction marmite’ (people tend to love it or hate it!) that is the Alfie Bowman Novella series. Peter and Mary recently completed a shared dream when they married and moved to a beautiful region of Wales where they spend much of their spare time walking their three dogs, and relaxing and having fun with friends. They believe they are living proof that you should never give up on your dreams, because it’s never too late!
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