The remote Isle of Lewis has only had three murders in over forty years. When Helen Riley is asked to investigate a suspicious death in Port of Ness, no-one intends to help her uncover a fourth murder. As she gets closer to the truth, Riley faces threats to herself, her client and her family. Riley is confronted by assassination drones plus a powerful international network of collusion and conspiracy that threatens her job, her family and her life. Cut adrift, she embarks on a fight for justice and revenge. The Machair Crow is a novel that features one woman’s battle against the illicit use of assassination drones and how she overcomes the conspiracy to silence her. A fine detective story and also a novel about drones, covert surveillance and the development of secret kill-lists. Riley is a kick-ass combination of Jack Reacher and Lisbeth Salander. She’s a private investigator based in Newcastle upon Tyne. She’s been army trained as an undercover surveillance officer with the army’s special forces. After she left the forces, she worked as a police detective in Newcastle before turning private. She doesn’t do demure and compliant. If you like your heroines demure and compliant, this is not the book for you.
Targeted Age Group:: 16 – 90
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Jack Reacher, Lisbeth Salander, Harry Hole, and Mitch Rapp. I was inspired by Lee Child’s novel ‘Nothing to Lose.’ It was the idea of the police being in the pocket of an evil secret organization and moving Jack Reacher out of town in order to stop him asking questions that got me started. You’ll see shades of that scenario with Helen Riley – someone who refuses to take ‘No’ for an answer. Starting to write was in a moment of arrogance really. I was reading an eBook that contained a few flaws and I said to myself, ‘I’m sure I could do better than this. How hard could it be?’ Like Mark Twain said, “Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.” I discovered the hard way how difficult it is to write a good novel that people want to read.