FIRST DEAD BODY
In the late 1960s and early 70s it was perhaps a ‘rite of passage’ for a young or cub reporter who’d shown some talent to be taken on a ‘big story’ by the chief crime reporter. The junior’s adrenaline, enthusiasm and excitement could be channelled into seeing how major news items are researched and written and, most importantly, how difficult interviews are carried out.
For Simon Jardine the sight of his first dead body was the catalyst for a mentoring relationship with the hardened, hard-drinking, hard-grilling crime hack Dave Green, alongside their mutual friend DJ and part-time private investigator Tom Freeman.
Dave Green knows the identity of the body in East Street, Derby: it’s the son of a woman with whom he had an affair while her husband was in prison. First Dead Body is a story of corruption and violence loosely set around the construction of Derby’s inner ring road in the early 1970s.
The trio of amateur detectives stay doggedly on the unfolding story while recognising that their snooping is taking them closer to risks they are not trained to handle. This is personal. It’s much more than a transitory front page lead scoop: there are real lives at stake and justice to be meted out.
First Dead Body is available from June 28, 2014, priced £6.99 from Scarthin Bookshop, Cromford; Amazon, or any other preferred online bookseller; direct from the author, or it can be ordered from any bookshop.