When the police discover the body of Cynthia Hughes savagely beaten to death on the kitchen floor and her husband Bob hanged in the garage it seems like an open-and-shut case – a domestic murder/suicide — but Bob’s mistress, Angela, doesn’t buy it and she hires Kane and Lucy to find the real killer; and as they investigate the deaths it soon becomes clear that the police have overlooked some key evidence in the case which points to a different culprit.
Meanwhile Mike Kingsley’s son has died after being struck by a train and the police have ruled it an accidental death. But was it? As Kane and Lucy struggle with the two cases simultaneously they discover that neither case is quite what it seems to be — and Kane once again finds himself drawn into the sinister world of drug trafficking…
About the Author
John Hemmings is a lawyer and writer of crime fiction with a one hundred percent record: not one of his clients has been executed – yet! Some of his stories are suggested by cases he has been involved with, but names have been changed to protect the innocent – and sometimes the guilty!
Each of his books features Boston private investigator Mark Kane, or simply Kane as he is known to most people, and his longtime companion, Lucy – a slightly oddball couple with a somewhat unconventional relationship.
"I write for enjoyment – the sort of books that I hope have broad appeal in the mystery/detective genre; the kind of books I like to read myself – and as a family man I write for all ages: the sex private (even private eyes like a bit of privacy!), the language tempered. Take a look at those movies from the thirties and forties: Edward G Robinson, Cagney, Bogart. The lack of strong language didn't take away anything from the air of menace those guys exuded. Of course, they wouldn't have talked like that in real life; but then a movie or a novel is not 'real life'.
"I have tried to make the stories as realistic as possible, although these books are intended as entertainments, so a little 'poetic license' and the invoking of a 'willing suspension of disbelief' is sometimes required. As for 'character development', this is a series told in real time; so while each book is a standalone story, as the reader progresses through the books more is gradually revealed about my protagonist and his sidekick. Readers sometimes ask me what Kane & Lucy look like; but as to their physical appearance well, that's the beauty of books over movies – they look just like each reader imagines they look."
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