A Detective Inspector Liam McLusky Investigation
By Peter Helton
(Soho Constable, Hardcover, 9781616950828)
Publication Date: January 24, 2012
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Heavy snow, and it’s still only November. DI McLusky has settled into his new job in Bristol but the severe weather shows an unfamiliar side to the city. After the conviction of a drug baron earlier in the year a new kingpin secures the hub of drug crime in Bristol. But how secure does he feel? A series of seemingly unconnected murders, accidents and dying drug users, investigated by McLusky and his team, slowly reveal the web of violence that spreads across the city. Narrow strips of a cut-up photograph arriving piecemeal at the Bristol Herald’s office may hold vital clues, but will the completed puzzle reach McLusky in time to prevent more deaths?
The private lives of both McLusky and his rival, DI Kat Fairfield, take unexpected turns too, making the atmosphere at Albany Road station, already considerably cooled by the failed heating, icier still.
Peter Helton was born in Germany and moved to London in 1982. He completed a Fine Art degree at UWE and has exhibited in London, Cornwall and Bath. He divides his time between his painting studio and writing in his cottage near Bath. Four Below is the second book in the DI McLusky series following 2011’s Falling More Slowly.
“Helton, who seems to have learned how to hatch plots and evoke threats from studying the adroit Bill James, delivers a gritty procedural with an idiosyncratic hero well worth rooting for.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The atmosphere is a nearly uniform gray, but Helton’s affection for his characters and the clever writing light the darkness.”
—Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine
Praise for Falling More Slowly
“Helton, who has written three novels in another series, specializes in the police procedural, and Falling More Slowly is a testament to his love of the form. It's gritty and realistic, and although an arrest is made, the conclusion—like life—is messy and tentative.”
—San Diego Union-Tribune