Friday, July 9, 2021

Coldharbour by John Mead - Book Blitz


The Met Polices Major Investigation Team East has its hands full: a rash of tit for tat gang related stabbings, a strangled housewife, the decomposed remains of a woman found in a ditch and more to come. Adding to their woes is their boss, Chief Inspector Matthew Merry, being distracted by his problems at home.

For Matthews wife, Kathy, her only concern is dealing with the aftermath of being drugged and raped by a co-worker. Will the trial of the man responsible be enough to give her the justice she demands. Or, as her therapist states, is it revenge she really desires. She doesnt know. As her emotions see-saw from elation to depression, her only certainty is that her husband seems more concerned about his work than her.

 And Matthew is only too aware of his failings both at home and work. But the police machine grinds on, seeking information and sifting evidence — justice is not their concern.


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“Coldharbour Lane was a long road to nowhere at least that was how Matthew remembered it from his childhood, and at the time, it was certainly true. He and his mates would cycle along it, out past a few sprawling, dismal-looking factories, a couple of large yards full of stacks of wooden pallets and empty crates, then finally an enormous breakers yard with its piles of scrap metal, rusting cars, barking dogs and an even more menacing owner. Then they reached worlds end: an enormous stretch of marshland, reaching down from the A13 to the Thames, crossed only by a few dirt tracks. A flat wildness of nothing, populated only by the boys who could run wild away from the restraints of civilisation.”

John Mead

John was born in the mid-fifties in Dagenham, London, on part of the largest council estate ever built, and was the first pupil from his local secondary modern school to attend university. He has now taken early retirement to write, having spent the first part of his life working in education and the public sector. He was the director of a college, a senior school inspector for a local authority, and was head of a unit for young people with physical and mental health needs. When he is not travelling, going to the theatre or the pub, he writes.

John is currently working on a seies of novels set in modern day London. These police procedurals examine the darker side of modern life in the East End of the city

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