Welcome to the next stop on the Neil White blog tour to promote the hardback release of White’s new thriller The Domino Killer, and the recent release of The Death Collector in paperback. If White is going to be a new discovery for you, I think you’re going to like this one, and courtesy of the dedicated Liz Loves Books a highly intriguing extract follows…
Joe Parker is Manchester’s top criminal defence lawyer and Sam Parker – his brother – is a brilliant detective with the Greater Manchester Police force. Together they must solve a puzzling case that is chilling Manchester to the bone. The Death Collector is charming, sophisticated and intelligent, but he likes to dominate women, to make them give themselves to him completely; to surrender their dignity and their lives. He’s a collector of beautiful things, so once he traps them he’ll never let them go. Joe is drawn into the Death Collector’s world and when the case becomes dangerous, Sam is the first person he turns to. In this gripping thriller, danger lurks for not only the Parker brothers, but also those closest to them….
It was the comedown he hated.
The fire had maintained him through the night, kept loaded with coal to keep their heat and make it intimate, the flames casting moving shadows as they lay together. One last time.
His head was against her breast, his arm across her, keeping her close. He remembered their times together, those nights in his car in secluded lanes, or reaching for her hand in quiet restaurants far away from home so that no one would see them. Their secret, close and intense.
He opened his eyes and the scene had altered somehow. Gone was the warmth of before. The flames were dying down and the mood was different. Now it felt empty.
Things had changed. The police had been outside earlier and someone had been at his window. That changed everything. It could be the end. How did he feel about that? He searched his mind for that gentle flicker of fear, but there was nothing. Just an acceptance. He had always known it was coming. The end.
He raised himself up on his elbows and looked at the fire. It kept him warm but it cheated him too. The heat would make her stiffen up too quickly, the rigor mortis setting in before the full rush of sunrise. All of a sudden she would feel alien and unreal against his skin.
He clenched and unclenched his right hand. Once tight around her throat, it was now cramping from the effort. He’d held her hands high above her head, stretched out against the floor, because she hadn’t drunk anything. He’d relied on pure force, and it had made it different, not how he’d expected it. Normally they drift away before he takes them. This one hadn’t worked out that way. He had looked into her eyes as he squeezed, tried to see her final thoughts in them, and they’d been there. Confusion at first, then fear, before he saw what he had been chasing. Realisation: the knowledge of what she should have always known.
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Neil White was born and brought up around West Yorkshire. He left school at sixteen but studied for a law degree in his twenties, then started writing in 1994. He is now a lawyer by day, crime fiction writer by night. He lives with his wife and three children in Preston. Visit his website here and follow on Twitter @neilwhite1965
Also by Neil White:
When a man is found beaten to death in a local Manchester park, Detective Constable Sam Parker is one of the investigating officers. Sam swiftly identifies the victim, but what at first looks like an open and shut case quickly starts to unravel when he realises that the victim’s fingerprints were found on a knife at another crime scene, a month earlier.
Meanwhile, Sam’s brother, Joe – a criminal defence lawyer in the city – comes face to face with a man whose very presence sends shockwaves through his life. Joe must confront the demons of his past as he struggles to come to terms with the darkness that this man represents.
Joe Parker is Manchester’s most ingenious criminal defence lawyer.
Sam Parker is Manchester’s most tenacious murder detective.
Both bear the burden of the unsolved murder of their sister fifteen years earlier.
And both have a stake in a new series of murders that has shaken their city to its core.
Ronnie Bagley is accused of the murder of his girlfriend and baby, and claims that there’s only one lawyer he wants to defend him: Joe Parker. Little does Joe Parker know that Bagley is smarter than anyone has given him credit for, and soon Joe will find himself pitched against his own brother, Sam, in a race to outwit the most terrifying serial killer the city has ever seen. It isn’t long before Joe and Sam’s shared past comes crashing into the present in a pulse-pounding race to find out who is NEXT TO DIE
“No one stayed long enough to get near the body. As soon as they looked, they backed away, screaming.”
DI Sheldon Brown has never recovered from finding the body of Alice Kenyon brutally murdered, naked and abandoned. And he’s never stopped pursuing his main suspect, hellraiser and lottery winner Billy Privett either. So when Billy is found dead in a hotel room, his face horrifically carved up, DI Brown’s obsession is rekindled.
Who killed the notorious millionaire in such a bloodthirsty way? With jaded lawyer Charlie Barker, who desperately needs to pick up the pieces of his own life, Sheldon will uncover a world of murder, drugs, long-buried secrets and a cult with a deadly conviction to their cause…
He’ll stuff your jaws till you can’t talk
He’ll bind your legs till you can’t walk
He’ll tie your hands till you can’t claw
And he’ll close your eyes so you see no more
When Jane Roberts is found dead in a woodland area, Detective Sergeant Laura McGanity is first on the scene. The body bears a chilling similarity to a woman – Deborah Corley – murdered three weeks earlier. Both have been stripped, strangled and defiled.
When reporter Jack Garrett starts digging for dirt on the notorious Whitcroft estate, he finds himself face-to-face with Jane’s father, local gangland boss Don Roberts, who won’t stop until justice is done. It seems that the two murdered women were linked in more ways than one and a dirty secret is about to surface that some would prefer stay buried.
As the killer circles once more, Jack and Laura must stop him before he strikes again. But his sights are set on his next victim and he’s watching Laura’s every move….
Digging for the truth can be fatal!
20 years ago, Britain was rocked by the strange disappearance of Claude Gilbert, after the beaten corpse of his wife was discovered hidden in the garden. Worst of all, scratches found on her makeshift coffin signal that the unthinkable took place – Nancy was buried alive.
Conspiracy theories say hotshot barrister and handsome TV presenter Gilbert murdered his wife and then killed himself, but with no body ever found, the mystery has remained unsolved. Until now! When Lancashire crime beat reporter Jack Garrett is contacted by someone claiming to be Gilbert’s girlfriend, and that he needs him to write the story proving his innocence, Jack eagerly leaps on the chance to clear a decades-old enigma.
But as Jack sets off on the trail of Gilbert – and the news scoop of his career – he quickly finds that the truth is stranger than the headlines. And as Jack chases the story, he and girlfriend Laura McGanity, attempting to earn her sergeant stripes in the local police force, quickly become pawns to a twisted individual with their own agenda!”
Parts of this book are so tense that I found myself hunched over it, desperate to find out what happened next, but fearful of what it might be…..a good plot with some compelling characters.
When Luke Howarth is found fatally stabbed to death in his bed, suspicion falls on his girlfriend, Sarah Goode – missing since his murder. Just another crime of passion with a tragic end. Or is it?
Reporter Jack Garrett isn’t sure – especially when Sarah’s parents implore him to find their daughter.
But as he hunts for Sarah, he delves into the area’s troubled history and discovers that old rites may not be a thing of the past. Soon, Jack and Laura find themselves in mortal danger as they face an unhinged killer who is determined that they will pay with their lives…
A woman is found butchered on a Lancashire housing estate, her tongue and eyes brutally gouged out. Ritual murder or crime of passion?
Children are abducted and then returned to their families days later, unharmed but with no knowledge of where they have been – or who took them.
DC Laura McGanity, having relocated from London, quickly learns that life up north is far from peaceful. She needs to solve these mystifying cases – but keep the local police on side.
Her reporter boyfriend Jack Garrett – the reason for McGanity’s relocation – is back in his hometown and finds himself entangled in the two mysterious cases, his investigations revealing murky connections and sordid secrets.
But when Jack meets a man who ‘paints’ the future – prophecies of horrific events which he then puts onto canvas – it becomes terrifyingly clear that many people, including his own family, are in grave danger …
“A masterpiece. A fantastic book.”
A Premiership footballer is murdered on a busy London street, and a country is gripped by terror. Who lies behind this apparently motiveless killing – and who’s next?
Crime-beat reporter Jack Garrett is convinced that this is no celebrity stalker. Aided by DC Laura McGanity, desperately trying to juggle police life with motherhood, the trail leads them to Turners Fold, Lancashire – Jack’s home town.
What’s the connection between the recent assassination and the murder of a young girl there ten years before? Could it be that people are not all they seem – and will do anything to keep themselves in the spotlight?
Conspiracy, revenge and the high price of fame all combine in this stunning debut novel.