A Metropolitan Police detective about to be dismissed is given a second chance by his old boss, who is now a police commander. He’s given a new unit to run and two misfit detectives to assist him. All three know their status is temporary.
Their first case together is an impossible double murder. Each murder is identical. Both victims are expertly shot in the head from long range, but the post-mortems reveal no bullets were used in the shootings. The CSI teams calculate that in both cases there was no place for the marksman to have fired from, unless suspended over busy roads.
Although it’s a case apparently impossible to solve, DCI Steve Burt reluctantly agrees to investigate with his new team. Their enquires lead them into the murky world of greed, corruption, fraud and money laundering, but they are no nearer solving the murders. The team is stumped until the DCI meets a retired army major and a WW2 veteran who unwittingly hold the keys to solving these impossible murders
Friday, 3 April
The killer sat on an ordinary high-backed dining chair, looking out the window at nothing in particular. His mind was calm, but adrenaline pumped through his veins. He was looking forward to the kill he knew was coming. He absently noted that the window was an old-fashioned, sash-corded type with two frames. One frame was above the other, which meant both frames could slide up and down.
For no reason, he noted each frame had six panes of glass.
He’d previously lifted the bottom frame, so it now stood open and raised about nine inches. To his left sat his machine. His very own killing machine. He thought it a work of art with its advanced engineering and revolutionary basic computer system. The high-power optics were unbelievable and controlled the whole machine. There was nothing like it in the world. He was very proud of this present from his father. There was no other weapon that could kill from such long ranges and hit the target every time. Using the machine meant killing remotely. The killer preferred this. He didn’t like the sight of blood.
The only drawback to the killing machine was its size and weight. This didn’t worry the killer too much. He was a planner. He knew the importance of good planning. It was what he did best. Everything was planned down to the last detail, including having enough time to assemble his machine once he had it at the kill spot.
He knew everything he needed to about his victim. He knew where he would be today. He knew he was a creature of habit. He knew every Friday was the same. He knew that between 12 noon and 2.30pm, he met with two business associates in the upmarket ‘La Jola’ restaurant. The killer had no idea who the other two men were nor what they discussed. He didn’t care. He knew after their lunch, the three men always stood on the pavement outside the restaurant chatting and waiting for a taxi that took the target from the restaurant. He knew this Friday would be his victim’s last lunch. He knew exactly what time his victim would die.
Sitting looking out the window, the killer thought back to how his plan had come together and how he was now just hours away from getting justice for his father.
He had staked out the restaurant each Friday for a month and knew the routine was always the same. He knew the spot he had chosen was the best place to get to the victim. He only needed a clear shot.
He knew he would get one.
Thank you,John Reid and Love Books Group
About the Author
The author was born in Scotland and after serving in the army embarked on a career in industry and commerce. He has worked in several different sectors of business mostly in senior roles and latterly as CEO of a large international data capture company.
He retired for the first time in 1995 but continued to work as a consultant helping new businesses become established. In 2018, he finally retired from business life to become a full-time author. John lives in the UK and Portugal with his wife and they have two grown-up sons.
John has used the DCI Steve Burt series to get involved with Sense, a great charity that supports anyone living with complex disabilities. Sense helps people communicate and experience the world. They, like John, believe that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfill their potential.