Shortlisted for the Spread the Word : Books to Talk About 2008.
Inspired by a true story of fire-fighters who all died in the line of duty with a potential cover up over their deaths. A fast paced thriller to keep you gripped to the end.
UK fire-fighters are dying long after theyâ€™ve reached the safety of cold daylight from the burning darkness of a blaze. Why? Pauline Rowson, a fire-fighterâ€™s wife, wrote the thriller In Cold Daylight after hearing that several fire-fighters from one watch had contracted cancer. Officially it was a co-incidence but is In Cold Daylight a metaphor for the callous way such fire-fighters are treated? Or is it simply a piece of fictional entertainment? Unravelling Rowsonâ€™s cryptic clues in this fast-paced, atmospheric novel, is like playing a thrilling game of â€˜pass the parcelâ€™. After unexpected twists, you peel off the layers of literary wrapping to eventually uncover the mystery. Fire-fighter Jack Bartholomew is murdered before he can reveal the truth behind a ship fire, which caused his own cancer and that of several members of his old crew. Jack hides the evidence and posts a cryptic message on a postcard to his best friend, marine artist Adam Greene, urging him to complete the investigation. Adam, haunted by a past tragedy and bullied by his father into depression, would rather be left in peace, but heâ€™s forced to break these constraints by Jackâ€™s death. Special Branch follows Adamâ€™s investigations into secret government research, hazardous chemicals and a corrupt minister, which could bring down a government. Who then can we trust to seek cures? Just how many cover-ups are there? Is the Turner postcard of a battle ship on route to the scrap yard symbolic of real-life fire-fighters being discarded after contracting cancer? Is Adam Greene a metaphor for the UKâ€™s environmental battle against higher powers? This book could open a debate that may do for fire-fighters what Ken Loachâ€™s drama Kathy Come Home did for homelessness. The crime thriller is rarely associated with confronting such major issues â€“ or has Rowson changed all this?
Closing date: 06/09/2018
Publication date: 01/02/2006
Publisher: Rowmark Ltd
|Publication date:||1st February 2006|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery,|
Pauline Rowson lives on Hayling Island, Hampshire. She wrote the thriller In Cold Daylight after hearing that several fire-fighters from one watch contracted cancer. Officially it was a co-incidence but is In Cold Daylight a metaphor for the callous way such fire-fighters are treated? Or is it simply a piece of fictional entertainment? Unravelling Rowson’s cryptic clues in this fast-paced, atmospheric thriller, is like playing a nail-biting game of ‘pass the parcel’. After unexpected twists, you peel off the literary layers to eventually uncover the mystery.Below is a Q&A ...More About Pauline Rowson