From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes book 2 in the very popular DS Jason Smith and DC Harriet Taylor series.
Brandon Stone is doing his first Accelerated Free Fall Skydive. He has done the training and his instructors are with him so nothing can go wrong…. Can it? A double malfunction and Brandon is staring death in the face. A very rare accident. Or is it?
Jason is returning to work after 3 months recovering from injuries at the hands of Boronov. Light duties? Not if Jason can help it.
DC Harriet Taylor is taking a well deserved holiday with Jon Finch that includes tandem skydiving. Out of all the planes in the country they were on the same one as Brandon.
With a detective as a witness this should be an easy case to solve. Wrong! Jason and the team need all the help they can get to unravel the lies and find the clues before more bodies turn up.
This is a gripping story with twists, turns and intrigue all the way through. A fast moving page-turner you will not be able to put down.
DC Harriet Taylor had only been married for 2 years when her philandering husband was killed in a car crash. It is common knowledge around the station that the woman who died next to him was his latest lover. Harriet transferred to Trotterdown to escape the gossip and sympathetic looks. She is now finding her way around Cornwall and getting to know the other members of the team.
DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach. He has suffered many losses in his life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon he has his own way of doing things and that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures.
With Dropzone recently released, I’d like to share a few thoughts about where the idea came from, and what is it about skydiving that makes normally sane human beings jump out of perfectly good planes.
Just over a year ago, my brother came out to South Africa for the first time and I thought it might be a great idea to scare him witless with a skydive. Of course, I couldn’t let him jump alone so I got in that plane with him. I’d never had any inclination to do something that reckless before, and as soon as the door of the plane closed something occurred to me.
This is a really stupid idea.
Fifteen minutes later the pilot gave the call to open the door, the skydiver nearest to it obliged and a gust of icy wind rushed in. That, together with the smell of the jet fuel is something I’ll never forget. We were at 13 thousand feet (which is actually 18 thousand as we’re already a mile in the air here on the SA Highveld.) I watched as the other lunatics jumped out – we edged towards the door, and then there was no going back. 3 seconds was all it took to reach terminal velocity and then we flew. 45 seconds of free-fall flying. I think it was 2 seconds into the fly when I decided.
I need to do this again.
And I’ve never looked back. Roughly once a month, or more if the urge takes me, I jump out of that small, perfectly functioning plane. It’s like nothing else in the world. I’m lucky to live a mile or so away from the drop zone, and the other skydivers are from all walks of life, and have interesting tales to tell. And that’s when I suddenly realised.
The skydiving club and the interesting characters who frequent it would make a really cool book.
And so I wrote Dropzone.
After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live. After Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later. 3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor Cornwall series. The Beekeeper hit the shelves and hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well. The third in the series, The Backpacker I have self-published and there are plenty more to come. Unworthy, the ninth Smith instalment was followed by a totally new start to a series – a collaboration between the Smith and Harriet thrillers. Entitled The Enigma, it brings together the broody, enigmatic Jason Smith and the more level-headed Harriet Taylor. Miranda is something totally different. A stand-alone psychological thriller, it is a real departure from anything else I’ve written before. Dropzone, book 2 in the Smith/Harriet series is now available and the 10th Smith instalment will be released later in the year.