On 1st February 2017, Tony signed to Bloodhound Books, who will publish his new edgy crime thriller Bad to the Bone in April. It is the first in a series.
Later this year, Tony’s second novel for Bloodhound Books, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, will be published.
Today he takes on the LifeOfCri.me 12 word challenge…
Answers should be complete sentences, and completed in no more than 12 words (unless otherwise stated)
Contractions count. It’s = 2 words.
LOC: What can you tell us about your recent release Bad To The Bone?TJF: Gritty crime thriller, a dead case brought alive, featuring murder and corruption.LOC: How would you sum up the partnership between DI Bliss and DC Chandler?TJF: Sarcastic and witty, but also serious and professional. Friendly, caring and loyal.LOC: What’s your writing process like?TJF: Once haphazard, now measured. Furious typing followed by contemplation. Seat of pants.LOC: What inspires you?TJF: Good writing. A hunger to improve as a writer myself. Cold beer.
LOC: Describe your perfect getawayTJF: A cabin, deck overlooking a lake, mountains beyond, breeze, cold beer (again).LOC: Whats the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months?TJF: The Poet by Michael ConnellyLOC: Why?TJF: An oldie. A classic crime novel from a master of the genre.and finally Just for laughs….LOC: Thanks to the author Howard Lynskey you’ve just woken up on stage in front of the judges of Britains Got Talent with just A beach ball, a performing seal and a pint of beer. What do you do?TJF: Let the seal drink the beer and then watch the mayhem ensue.
A skeletal body is unearthed in a wooded area of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. DI James Bliss, together with DC Penny Chandler, investigate the case and discover that the young, female victim had been relocated from its original burial site.
A witness is convinced that a young female was struck by a vehicle back in the summer of 1990, and that police attended the scene. However, no record exists of either the accident or the reported victim. As the case develops, two retired police officers are murdered. The two are linked with others who were on duty at the time a road accident was reported.
As Bliss and Chandler delve deeper into the investigation, they start to question whether senior officers may have been involved in the murder of the young women who was buried in the woods.
As each link in the chain is put under duress, so is Bliss who clashes with superiors and the media.
When his team receives targeted warnings, Bliss will need to decide whether to drop the case or to pursue those responsible.
Will Bliss walk away in order to keep his career intact or will he fight no matter what the cost?
And is it possible the killer is much closer than they imagined?