Cold Revenge

 

A DI Hanlon novel

 

Publication date : March 2015

 

                     'What does not kill me, makes me  stronger.' Friedrich Nietzsche

 

Ideas are dangerous. Ideas can kill. When a young philosophy student starts publishing her blog on the internet, determined to expose the lecturer responsible for a death, another girl is murdered. It looks like she may be his second victim.

 

DCI Hanlon of the Met is brought in by her boss, Corrigan, undercover to infiltrate the philosopher’s lecture group.

 

Helped by her former partner, DI Enver Demirel, her investigations take her from the ivory towers of academia and the dreaming spires of Oxford to the sordid, gutter world of organised crime, BDSM and the Russian mafia. Hanlon’s quest to uncover the truth leads her not only to terrible personal danger but also to discover the uncomfortable truths behind her own troubled past.

 

 

Philosophy can enhance existence, it can also lead to murder.

 

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Gideon Orlando Fuller, Dr Fuller to give him his official title, is a man in a hurry for both academic and financial success. Fuller who lectures in philosophy at Queen's College, has a successful media profile, Byronic good looks, adoring students and is about to start a new career in t.v. He sees himself as a British version of Bernard Henri Levy, the French tv philosophy guru and advisor to Presidents. This is Fuller’s view of himself and his place in the universe.

 

But not everything is so rosy. Not everything is so clear-cut. There is much more to Fuller than the attractive image he likes to portray. Fuller has a background darkened by allegations of inappropriate behaviour with female students and sexual coercion. There are rumours surfacing that his doctorate thesis was plagiarised and the suicide of one of his former students, whose Phd supervisor he was, is the subject of investigation by a self-described “undercover” journalist and blogger. Even Fuller’s trademark good looks are waning, the once foppish hair now carefully trained over a burgeoning bald spot, the tailored suits uncomfortably tight, the jaw-line starting to slacken.

 

The murder of the undercover journalist who infiltrated Fuller’s adult tutorial group to research an article about him, triggers an investigation into the lecturer. Evidence found at the crime scene implicates him. The crime team is led by DI Hanlon’s former partner, Enver Demirel.

 

Anxious to avoid damaging scandal for her department and university, the Professor of Philosophy at Queen’s College, Dame Elizabeth Saunders, veteran of several high profile government commissions, uses her considerable governmental clout to ensure the police investigation is as low-key and discreet as possible.

 

Hanlon, who has known of and admired Dame Elizabeth since she was at school, joins Fuller’s evening course where she discovers that the dead journalist was having controversial affairs with at least two of the tutorial group as well as a possible relationship with Fuller. Fuller is now protesting he is the victim of a campaign to frame him.

 

But the killing does not stop with the death of the blogger, and the violence escalates as the killer becomes more experienced and more desperate.

 

The novel climaxes in a violent, bloody confrontation between Hanlon and the killer deep in the bowels of University House, the Art Deco epicentre of Queen’s College London.

 

Aristotle, the Greek philosopher, believed that everything had a “Telos”, a purpose in life, an aim, that guided it. For someone, their “ Telos ”has become killing. It’s a purpose Hanlon has no intention of letting happen.  

 

 

 

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' A tenacious crime thriller with a difference...'

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'  A good read with an interesting, though very flawed, main character.'

Susan White Eurocrime

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Cold Revenge has been chosen by Susan White of Euro Crime as one of her top five favourite reads of the year

 

Ideas are dangerous. Ideas can kill. When a young philosophy student starts publishing her blog on the internet, determined to expose the lecturer responsible for a death, another girl is murdered. It looks like she may be his second victim.

DCI Hanlon of the Met is brought in by her boss, Corrigan, undercover to infiltrate the philosopher’s lecture group.

Helped by her former partner, DI Enver Demirel, her investigations take her from the ivory towers of academia and the dreaming spires of Oxford to the sordid gutter world of organised crime, BDSM and the Russian mafia. Hanlon’s quest to uncover the truth leads her not only to terrible personal danger but also to discover the uncomfortable truths behind her own troubled past.