In Cold Daylight
Over the weekend we heard the tragic news of the fire fighters killed in a suspected arson attack in a warehouse in Warwickshire. We all know they risk their lives to save others. They, and my fire-fighting husband, have been the inspiration for some of my characters in my novels. They were also the idea behind my crime/thriller IN COLD DAYLIGHT.
In this novel fire-fighters are dying long after the heat of the blaze has been extinguished, why? The idea for IN COLD DAYLIGHT came from a story my husband told me of several men all on the same watch contracting cancer, and the same kind of cancer, around the neck and ears. What if they had all gone into a fire where they were exposed to a dangerous chemical ?
In the book, fire-fighter, Jack Bartholomew dies in an arson blaze in a derelict building, and marine artist, Adam Greene, his best friend, receives a postcard from the dead man with a cryptic clue written on it. When Jack's house is ransacked on the day of the funeral, Adam can no longer ignore the fact that Jack was investigating something which someone is at great pains to cover up. This is Adam Greene's journey through overcoming depression, a nervous breakdown and leaning on the prop of his strong-willed, ambitious wife to discover just why Jack was killed in the line of duty. By exposing a secret that has lain dormant for years, Adam soon finds himself caught up in a mysterious and dangerous web of deceit. He knows there is no turning back, just like those fire-fighters he has to walk right into danger no matter what the cost, even if it means his life.