The plot of The Armistice Killer is as intriguing as the characters who stalk its pages all the way from Cornwall to Afghanistan. The bizarre and brutal murder of a military hero – retired RSM Tom Wright – sets in motion a complex investigation headed by the troubled Inspector Logan.
The detective’s prosopagnosia – facial recognition blindness – is almost the least of his problems as his overlapping inner demons and desires threaten his professional competence. But it’s not only faces that confuse Logan as he struggles to read the minds and motives of a compelling, dysfunctional cast of characters, where nobody is quite what they seem, including the murdered soldier himself. Yet Logan’s flashes of intuitive genius likewise constantly unsettle those who would remain faceless.
Can Logan and his deputy Pascoe keep on the trail of blood as it leads their investigation up more dark alleys – most of them blind, and some of them heading into their own disturbed pasts?
The Armistice Killer’s parade of clues, red herrings, lies and deceits will keep the reader guessing to the last page.
Targeted Age Group:: Adults
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’m never sure whether ‘inspired’ is the correct word! Something sparks my imagination and the rest grows from there. I can often remember the very moment of inspiration, but it is just a seed and you cannot control right at the outset what will subsequently grow. In the case of ‘The Armistice Killer’ I have often felt there is something about the number 1111, which of course is also the date of the First World War Armistice – 11th November – and I had been seeing it with increasing frequency. However, the spark for my imagination, in the case of this novel, was looking out of my bedroom window one night and seeing a shape in the field across the road, standing beneath a tree. There are ponies in the field, but it looked too big to be one of them. To this day I don’t know what it was, but anyone reading my novel will recognise the moment.