Graham Smith is a joiner by trade who has built bridges, dug drains and worked on large construction sites before a career change saw him become the General Manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue on the outskirts of Gretna Green. A crime fiction fan from the age of eight, he swaps the romance of weddings for the dark world of crime fiction whenever time allows.
He has been a reviewer for the well respected crime fiction site www.crimesquad.com for four years and has conducted face to face interviews with many stellar names, including Lee Child, David Baldacci, Dennis Lehane, Jeffrey Deaver, Peter James & Val McDermid.
Before turning his hand to novel writing, he was published in several Kindle anthologies including True Brit Grit, Off the Record 2: At the Movies, Action Pulse Pounding Tales: Vol 1 & 2 Graham has three collections of short stories out on Kindle. They are Eleven the Hardest Way (long-listed for a SpineTingler Award), Harry Charters Chronicles and Gutshots: Ten Blows to the Abdomen.
Away from work and crime fiction, Graham enjoys spending time with his wife and son, socialising and watching far too much football.
What would you do to save your children?
Middle-class parents Victoria and Nicholas Foulkes are distraught when their children are kidnapped against Nicholas’ gambling debts. Penniless and desperate the couple turn to crime as a way to raise the ransom.
Hot on their heels is recently bereaved DI Harry Evans and his Major Crimes team. Evans is fighting against enforced retirement and his replacement – DI John Campbell – is foisted upon him along with other cases. If he must leave the police then he wants one last big case before he goes.
In a race against time Victoria and Nicholas must evade the police while continuing to add to the ransom fund. If they don’t pay up on time the kidnappers have threatened to amputate their children’s limbs with an oxy-acetylene torch.
Can they save their children before time runs out?