DI Duncan Waddell has big problems. He’s borderline diabetic, his boss thinks he’s in the Army and the paperwork is piling up faster than the underwear at a porn shoot. The last thing he needs is the country’s biggest case to land on his lap.
Three women have gone missing in the city he’s fast coming to despise, victims of the GLASGOW GRABBER as their assailant has been dubbed by local hack and all round pain in the backside, Catriona Hastie.
Shelley Craig’s the Grabber’s latest victim, snatched as she and her boyfriend took a shortcut through Glasgow city centre. And she’ll do anything to make it home.
Handling this baffling case is stressful enough without Waddell’s pal DC Stevie Campbell, who’s in a coma after being attacked by a suspect, starting to talk to him. Trouble is, only Waddell can hear him.
The long road to publication of Vile City (Detective in a Coma book 1)
Jennifer Lee Thomson
I’m over the moon that my novel will finally see the light of day because for so long I thought this day would never come.
It’s been a long and winding road for Vile City, the first in the Detective in a Coma series.
Six years ago, I won the Scottish Association of Writers Award for a novel and was delighted to win the Pitlochry Quaich (a quaich is a Scottish drinking cup) as part of my prize.
After winning the award I was convinced that I’d find an agent or a publisher very quickly. That didn’t happen. Instead, the battle to find a publisher began and over the years I improved Vile city.
During that time I wrote four novels and a self-help title.
Why Detective in a Coma?
When I was writing the book and then re-writing it, one character wouldn’t stop talking to me. Initially a peripheral character, Stevie Campbell was a colleague and friend of Detective Inspector Duncan Waddell and he’d been in a coma since he’d been attacked by a suspect and left bleeding to death.
In the Sopanos, Tony Soprano spoke to his therapist Waddell speaks to his friend Stevie. What’s surprising is that Stevie talks back to him, but only when no one else is in the room.
Has Waddell gone mad? Or is Stevie playing mind games?
I’m well into writing book four and even I haven’t decided yet.
You can decide for yourself when you read Vile City.
Where is Shelley Craig?
That’s the main question posed in the book, which starts when she’s abducted in Glasgow city centre. As well as following Inspector Waddell’s investigation, Vile City also tells Shelley Craig’s and her battle to stay alive and make it home.
Jennifer Lee Thomson is an award-winning crime writer who has been scribbling away all her life. She also writes non-fiction as Jennifer Thomson and fiction as Jenny Thomson.
This is her first book as Jennifer Lee Thomson in tribute to her late father who passed away after a long battle with cancer. Books 2 and 3 in the series are already written and she’s working on book 4.
Jennifer is an animal rights and human rights advocate and has a rescue dog.
She also writes the Crime File series of books as Jenny Thomson. Book 1, 2 and 3, are out now. They are in order, Hell to Pay, Throwaways and Don’t Come For Me and feature tough rape survivor Nancy Kerr and her ex-Special Forces boyfriend who fight crime together.
In her spare time, she plans how to survive the zombie apocalypse.
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1301634.Jennifer_Thomson