First in a series of refreshingly different crime fiction featuring a 50 something retired police officer, Nathan Hawk, whose attempts to adjust to a new pace of life are thrown off course when he comes across a brutal murder.
The author is a ex TV script writer (Midsomer Murders to Z-Cars) and it shows in the clever plot and cracking pace.
Nathan Hawk is a recently retired police officer. A widower with four children scattered all over the world he has gone to live in a typical English village. He spends his time there struggling with an Anger Management Disorder and gardening for all he's worth. He's trying to kill time, time he never had as head of a Murder Squad ...time he never wanted, time he doesn't want now. Then, driving home one night from a dinner party in the company of a young, female G.P. he comes across a brutal murder and he's right back where he used to be. Catching a killer.
'A great read that races plum down the middle of the private-eye highway, complete with an ex-copper with a heart-to-let. It's witty, well-observed and keeps you guessing. I was torn between devouring it at a sitting or snacking on it. Once I'd got it in my talons, however, I couldn't let it go.' Bruce Alexander - Mullet, in A Touch of Frost
'A terrific read and a great story with interesting, memorable characters. In Nathan Hawk, Marcus Barr has created a psychologically complex policeman fit to rival Rebus and Morse. There must be more!' John Nettles - Bergerac and Inspector Barnaby
'Lament no more the lack of an English equivalent to Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe. Marcus Barr's Nathan Hawk, former copper who can't switch off, creates a new bench mark for UK crime novels. A wealth of unsmoked kippers, a village full of likely suspects and a laconic, powerful style create what one hopes will be the first of many outings for this rumpled man with impeccable hunter-seeker credentials.' Colin Baker - Dr. Who
'We may dwell amongst those mean city streets but Nathan Hawk must go where a man must go: among those mean green wellies, crumbling loam and leafy lanes which turn out to be every bit as dark and treacherous as anything we townies have to address. The likeable Hawk, barred from a local murder investigation, nevertheless sets about stripping away a thatch of petty corruptions to solve this intriguing case. Marcus Barr has given us a detective packed with humour, humanity, and red, red wine. This is one to spin around the glass and savour.' Mike Grady - Barry, Last of the Summer Wine
Publication date: 17/05/2013
Publisher: Indepenpress Publishing Ltd
|Publication date:||17th May 2013|
|Publisher:||Indepenpress Publishing Ltd|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, Thriller / Suspense,|
Douglas Watkinson has written literally hundreds of televisions scripts, everything from Z Cars to Midsomer Murders, which he helped to establish. The latter, under the title Inspector Barnaby, has been seen by a billion people. All he’s asking is that one percent of them read Haggard Hawk and Easy Prey... Douglas was born into an army family and educated at Haberdashers’ Aske’s. From there, though indirectly, he went to East 15 Acting School where his first plays were performed. On graduating he bombarded television companies with plays and eventually one was produced by Scottish Television.&...More About Douglas Watkinson