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Needle Song Paperback, Russel Day

Needle Song, Russel Day
Needle Song

Spending the night with a beautiful woman would be a good alibi, if the body in the next room wasn't her husband. Doc Slidesmith has a habit of knowing things he shouldn’t. He knows the woman Chris Rudjer meets online is married. He knows the adult fun she’s looking for is likely to be short lived. And when her husband’s killed, he knows Chris Rudjer didn’t do it. Only trouble is the police disagree and no one wants to waste time investigating an open and shut case. No one except Doc. Using lies, blackmail and a loaded pack of Tarot cards, Doc sets about looking for the truth - but the more truth he finds, the less he thinks his friend is going to like it.

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A Word from the Author: Russel Day

I was born in 1966 and grew up in Harlesden, north London. That’s probably why I write about crime; NW10 is a geographic region searching for an alibi. It was pretty clear from an early age the only things I gave a toss about were motorcycles, tattoos and writing. At a later stage I added family life to my list of interests and now have a wife and two children. I still live in London, but I moved south of the river for the milder climate.
I was delighted to stumble across the London Crime site, because most of what I write is based in or around the Capitol. Even if it’s not referred to directly in the story, the picture rolling around my mind is nearly always some part of London. The thing about London is the variety. In one street you can worship five different gods, eat ten different cuisines and hear twenty different languages. That’s what makes London something special as far as I’m concerned. It also makes it a good source of characters. And everything I write is about crime. So, a site dedicated to crime in London; what’s not to like? It’s nice to know there are other people out there fascinated with the dirty back beat of London’s heart.
Doc Slidesmith, Needle Song’s almost hero, couldn’t have come from anywhere other than London. He’s dodgy and under-hand, loyal and dependable all at once. An outsider might think his only alliance is the bike he rides or the Tarot cards he cheats with, but he keeps his London identity as close and tight as the tattoo ink he peddles.
Needle Song is the first in a series of novels featuring Doc Slidesmith. The second, Ink to Ashes, is due for release in 2019.
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