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The Fourth Victim. John Mead. Paperback

The Fourth Victim
The Fourth Victim

Three parks, three deaths, four victims, two grieving families, one murder enquiry team and an unknown number of killers. Can an answer be found? Whitechapel is being gentrified, the many green spaces of the area, which typify London as a capital city, give the illusion of peace, tranquillity and clean air but are also places to find drug dealers, sexual encounters and murder. Detective Sergeant Julie Lukula doesn't dislike Inspector Merry but he has hardly set the world of the Murder Investigation Team East alight. And, it looked as it the inspector was already putting the death of the young female jogger, found in the park with her head bashed in, down to a mugging `gone wrong'. The victim deserved more. But the inspector isn't ruling anyone out; the evidence will, eventually, lead him to an answer...

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A Word from the Author: John Mead

I was born in Dagenham and now live in Hornchurch, Essex. After working in education for most of my life, I’m now retired and spend my time writing.
Having worked for much of my life with vulnerable teenagers, many of whom had a mental illness, it is all too obvious to me how quickly many of them fall foul of school and society. Young people who don’t fit in are particularly vulnerable, not only as victims but are also becoming drawn into the growing gang culture. And, whilst youth and knife crime increases, public sector budgets for the police and mental health services have declined. I decided this would be good grounds in which to base my crime novel.

Many of the occurrences recounted and the characters found in The Fourth Victim are based on real incidents and people I have come across. Although I have allowed myself a wide degree of poetic licence in writing about the main characters and the killings that are depicted.
I love London – it is the greatest city – so setting my novels here is a natural step. For my latest novel it was walking around some of my old East End haunts that inspired me, seeing how they had changed, becoming modern and ‘lighter’ but with the same old dark underbelly:
‘Whitechapel is being gentrified, the many green spaces of the area, which typify London as a capital city, give the illusion of peace and clean air but are also places to find drug dealers, sexual encounters and murder... ‘

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