YEs I’ve got another post for you today! I’m joining the blog tour for Kevin McManus’s Death Rains Down and I’ve got an extract to whet your literary appetite!
Massive thanks to Zoe O’Farrell of Zooloo’s Blog Tours for inviting me on the blog tour and for the extract of Death Rains Down.
Introducing Detective Ray Logue. A renegade, hard living & damaged cop. Full of Irish charm & the best detective in Port Ard.
Detective Ray Logue has become something of a maverick in Jim Mulcahy’s police department, having never quite got over the death of his wife 12 years earlier.
Now a hard-drinking loner and occasional loose cannon, Logue is a thorn in Mulcahy’s side, who occasionally crosses the fine line of taking the law into his own hands to see justice served.
As the body count starts to rise, Logue suspects he may have stumbled into a dangerous web of lies and cover-ups, stretching from his own department all the way to the very top of the political spectrum.
From the law-enforcers to the law-makers, from respectable businessmen to Russian mobsters – a sinister hand is exercising an iron grip across the whole social order and it will destroy anyone who dares get in its way.
As Logue and McGarry were looking through letters and other documents at the table in the living room there was a shout from the adjoining bedroom.
“Ray, Jack! I think I have something here you might want to see.”
Logue put down the letter he was looking at and strode into the bedroom. He discovered Mick Coleman on his knees facing into the fitted wardrobe at the side of the room. He was holding a bag of white powder in his hands, which at first glance looked like cocaine.
“Christ, it looks like coke! There must be a kilo there. Where did you find that?” Logue asked.
“I noticed that the panel on the floor of the wardrobe was loose. I just lifted it out and I found this. It looked like it was taped up at the back of the unit but the tape obviously had come loose and it had fallen down. Maybe when the intruder was searching through the wardrobe,” Mick replied.
“That’s a lot of coke. Brosz must be a dealer. He can’t be gone too far to leave that behind,” McGarry said.
“Whoever broke into the apartment might have been looking for that. We’d better take that wardrobe apart to see what else is in there,” Logue said.
“Yea, but with some proper tools, Logue. You’d probably break the wardrobe in bits. You’re not the handiest. I’ve seen those shelves you put up in your sitting room. They are scary,” McGarry laughed.
Three hours later the wardrobe had been dismantled and put back together and nothing else of interest was found.
“Let’s get back to the station and have a look through what we got. We will have to arrange for somebody to keep surveillance outside to see if Brosz comes back. Mick and Susan, can you wait out in the car outside until I work out something with Mulcahy?” Logue said.
“Sure, that’s fine,” Mick Coleman replied.
“Cheers Mick, and well done again with the find,” McGarry said.
Logue drove back across town towards Humbert Street Garda Station. “What do you think now McGarry?” Logue asked as he lit a fag.
“About what?” McGarry replied.
“About what? About the murder, you dopey bastard. A pretty Polish girl found dead, strangled with a rope. Her boyfriend has gone AWOL and a kilo of coke in their apartment,” Logue said.
“It’s hard to know, did she know that her boyfriend was a drug dealer? If she did, maybe she was going to rat on him and he killed her,” McGarry said.
“Yea, it looks like that.”
Who Is Kevin McManus?
Kevin McManus is an Irish author. He primarily writes Crime Fiction novels but also delves into writing poetry and short stories. He lives in County Leitrim in Western Ireland with his wife Mary and their dog Jack. He works by day as a secondary school teacher. Kevin has produced a series of novels featuring an Irish Detective called Ray Logue and a series based around a New York Detective called John Morrigan. His debut novel published in 2016 was “The Whole of the Moon”. In a previous incarnation, Kevin was a bass guitarist in several rock bands for over twenty year. Kevin is a supporter of Aston Villa FC which has caused him to age prematurely.
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